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Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 055321375X
ISBN-13: 9780553213751
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Description: Known primarily for her classic and haunting story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist.  Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Known primarily for her classic and haunting story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist.  Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists today.  This collection includes selections from both her fiction and nonfiction work.  In addition to the title story, there are seven short stories collected here that combine humor, anger, and startling vision to suggest how women's "place" in society should be changed to benefit all.  The nonfiction selections are from Gilman's The Man-Made World:  Our Androcentric Culture and her masterpiece, Women And Economics, which was translated into seven languages and established her international reputation as a theorist.  Also included in a delightful excerpt from Gilman's utopian novel, Herland, an acidly funny tale about three American male explorers who stumble into an all-female society and begin their odyssey by insisting, "This is a civilized country . . . there must be men."  Gilman's analyses of economic and women's issues are as incisive and relevant today as they were upon their original publication.  This volume is an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover a powerful American writer.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. When he was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1828, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, he began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

Introduction
The Yellow Wallpaper: A Story and a Life
Literature
About the Author
The Yellow Wallpaper
Discussion Questions
Research Questions
Secondary Sources
Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper
Scudder's Comments on The Yellow Wallpaper
From The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination
The Crown of Womanhood, 1884-1887
Escaping the Sentence: Diagnosis and Discourse inThe Yellow Wallpaper
"Overwriting" the Rest Cure
Gilman's Literary Escape from
Fictionalization of Women
From The Diaries of
Sample Student Research Paper
Concepts of Confinement and Escape in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper
Bibliography
Fiction
Nonfiction
Verse
Bibliography
Biography
Criticism and Commentary
Electronic and Media Sources
Sound Recordings
World Wide Web Sites
Appendix: Documenting Sources

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