It is stripped off - the paper - in great patches . . . The colour is repellent . . . In the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about . . .'
Based on the author's own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. In addition to her masterpiece 'The Yellow Wallpaper', this new edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography.
About the Author
Charlotte Anna Perkins (1860-1935) married at the age of twenty-four, but three years later separated from her husband. She was a writer of non-fiction and poetry, an editor, feminist theorist, and most of her work is about the status and oppression of women. She married again in 1900 but committed suicideafter being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was one strange story but portrays well how mental illness has been viewed in the past as well as a societal view of women in the not to distant past. The tale follows one women's descent into madness and it is really a wild ride. She lives in a room which has yellow wallpaper and a bed fastened to the floor. Pretty shocking and wild on it's own as a spooky story for something like Halloween. It can also be studied as a peek into the stigma of mental illness or for how society has marginalized women and their very real problems. Pretty creepy.