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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

ByCharlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health. The story is written in the first person as a series of journal entries. The narrator is a woman whose husband — a physician — has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal entries from him so that she can recuperate from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression — a slight hysterical tendency;" a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house.

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Publication Date
Mar 11, 2013
Language
English
ISBN
9781300826583
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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PDF

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