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The Yellow Wallpaper
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The Yellow Wallpaper

Through a series of journal entries, a woman records her thoughts and feelings over the course of a summer, shortly after giving birth to her child. Confined to her bedroom on the advice of her husband, a physician, "The Yellow Wallpaper" chronicles the woman's increasing instability, as she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper covering the walls of her room.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is considered one of the earliest American feminist works of fiction and is unique for author Charlotte Perkins Gilman's deft handling of the delicate subject of contemporary attitudes about women's bodies, emotions, and mental health. The story is considered to be semi-autobiographical, and is based on Gilman's own experiences with postpartum depression and rest cures.

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Through a series of journal entries, a woman records her thoughts and feelings over the course of a summer, shortly after giving birth to her child. Confined to her bedroom on the advice of her husband, a physician, "The Yellow Wallpaper" chronicles the woman's increasing instability, as she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper covering the walls of her room.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is considered one of the earliest American feminist works of fiction and is unique for author Charlotte Perkins Gilman's deft handling of the delicate subject of contemporary attitudes about women's bodies, emotions, and mental health. The story is considered to be semi-autobiographical, and is based on Gilman's own experiences with postpartum depression and rest cures.

HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

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  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American sociologist, writer, lecturer, and social reformist. As a child, Gilman was often in the presence of her father's relatives, notably Isabella Beecher Hooker, a well-known suffragist, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, an abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Many of Gilman's own works reflect similarly feminist and social reformist perspectives, and in 1909 she established The Forerunner, a magazine that acted as a forum for discussion of these issues. Gilman's most famous work is "The Yellow Wallpaper," a semi-autobiographical short story written in response to being put on "rest cure" by a doctor to cure her depression. Gilman's works also include the poetry collection In This Our World, and the feminist texts Women and Economics and The Home: Its Work and Influence. She died in 1935.

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    June 26, 2017
    Yuen leads listeners convincingly through this beautifully wrought 1892 short story. She begins the first-person narrative with the voice of a sensible if somewhat distraught young woman confined by her doctor husband to an attic room with hideous yellow wallpaper and bars on the windows. She is thought to have a nervous condition and is permitted no activity, including writing, lest it tire her. Eschewing melodrama, Yuen gradually changes tone and inflection as the weeks pass and the wife starts tearing down the wallpaper, perceives another woman behind it trying to get out, and finally descends into madness. It’s a short, intoxicating listen that merits more than one replay.

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