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The Yellow Wallpaper Paperback – April 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0914061168 ISBN-10: 091406116X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Orchises Pr (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091406116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914061168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The unnamed narrator and her doctor husband, John, live in "a colonial mansion, a hereditary estate..." She believes the house is haunted. "John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that." She believes she is ill but her husband, and her brother, also a physician, say it is only "temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency..." They insist on "phosphates or phosphites - whichever it is - and tonics" and absolutely forbid work until she is well again. She believes "Personally...that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. Personally, I disagree with their ideas. But what is one to do? I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal - having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition." She is confined to rest in a room she hates with wallpaper she finds hideously ugly: "The color is repellent, almost revolting: a smoldering unclean yellow... dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others." It is in this room that she writes her secret journal that is this story. She struggles to believe in her husband and brother's "kindness" and "care" while, with terrifying starkness, she narrates her journey into madness. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", which she wrote after a severe bout of post-partum depression. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By alljazzedup on October 25, 1997
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Filled to the brim with symbolism and bizarre allusions, The Yellow Wallpaper is truly a satisfying read for anyone willing to put their mind to work. Though the initial reading and comprehension of the story may seem choppy at first, don't let it throw you off. Stick with it and toss it around in your head for awhile. Re-read it and the symbolism becomes strikingly vivid. A wonderful read for anyone wishing to challenge their imagination, I highly recommend this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarah scow on May 24, 2014
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Based off Gilman's own experience of "rest cure." This short story is interpreted in many different ways; it's the one where the lady is obsessed with the wallpaper in her room and sees another lady trying to get out of the wallpaper, but by the end you are to understand that things aren't quite what they seem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Schutte on April 19, 1998
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Amazingly good play about the plight of the woman in a oppressive patriarchal society. Imagry is excellent.
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By Kaylei W. on August 31, 2014
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This is literally like a printed out-stapled together booklet.
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By Julie Reed on September 9, 2014
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Stays with you a while--great read.
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