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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Book Description

July 11, 1997 0486298574 978-0486298573 Unabridged
Enjoy seven thought-provoking stories that employ charm and humor to examine relations between the sexes from a feminist perspective. In addition to the title story, an 1892 classic that recounts a woman's descent into madness, this collection includes such masterful stories as "Cottagette," "Turned," "Mr. Peebles' Heart," and more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (July 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486298574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Historical Value July 27, 2000
Gilman's novel is even more relevant today than when it was first printed. More than merely a narrative of female intellectual oppression or a critique of late 19th century social mores, "The Yellow Wallpaper" documents a practice that was common among the middle and upper class. Known as the "rest cure," women who displayed signs of depression or anxiety were committed to lie in bed for weeks at a time, and allowed no more than twenty minutes of intellectual exertion a day. Believing that intellectual activity would overwhelm the fragile female mind, "rest cure" refers to the prevention of women from thinking, relying on the assumption that the natural state of the female mind was one of emptiness. Seeing as how the women were confined to empty rooms with no exercise or stimulation of any kind, the obvious consequence was that the women became still more anxious, which reinforced the convictions of the doctors and husbands that their wives needed further rest.
The "rest cure" was prescribed most commonly to women who had recently given birth. Suffering from what we now know is post-partem depression (caused by hormonal fluctuations of seratonin that result from the female body adjusting to not having a fetus to delivering hormones to), women were locked up and kept from seeing their newly born children.
Gilman's book, therefore, is not only an American literary classic, but it also provides insight into America's social history; a history which will not be forgotten as long as people continue to carefully read this psychologically wrought story.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent selection of feminist short stories. April 5, 1998
The Yellow Wallpaper and other stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a wonderful compilation of feminist short stories. The first story, The Yellow Wallpaper reminds us, even today, that a woman who allows herself to become dominated to the point where her talents are suppresed can made herself a prisoner of her own creativity. The protagonist,much like Gilman, has a "nervous disorder." Unlike Gilman, who wrote her way out of the "disorder" the "wife" is not allowed to write and thus must sneak her writing, much like an alcoholic. Eventually, the wallpaper invades her space to the point of madness. Other stories point up other women's issues, such as Three Thanksgivings, in which the women save themselves via a business adventure, which is similar to Making a Change, in which a mother's anxiety and depression are alleviated by following her true creative urges and an older woman's losses are alleviated by her ability to nurture. The Cottagette was a light-hearted romp into the problems women create for themselves and how a too-good-to-be-true suitor helps out his beloved. Turned is an interesting story of what happens when a man makes a wrong move in the presence of a strong woman! Last but not least, Mr. Peebles Heart is an interesting story of a fiftyish shopkeeper. For $1.00, this book is a highly recommended find for those that enjoy feminist literature. I happen to be one of those so I have given it a "10."END
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's really behind that ugly wallpaper? July 1, 2006
The Yellow Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman is one of the most fascinating short reads ever. I was assigned to read this classic gem in my literature class in College and I couldn't believe how well this short story was written. The book is in first person, it feels like a diary, very personal, intimate, and scary all at the same time. The ending is bone-chilling and brilliant. Gillman is some writer, why haven't I heard about this amazing book before? Wonderful, insightful quick read, a must have for literary fans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars writing in a gilded cage March 30, 1998
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I was 15 when I first read this book. I was awkward and unhappy. The book hit something inside of me and wrenched sympathy from me. It was unbelievable how much oppressed women writers were in the 19th century. The central character in the Yellow wallpaper was trapped behind a cage of propriety, carefully manufactured and sold by society. Her writings were "destructive" and were dangerous to the accepted norm. When she couldn't write, she couldn't live. Her madness was a direct reaction against her entrapment. She was someone who simply couldn't live without writing. I would highly recommend this book to any reader. It is tragic, beautiful and maddening.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Millennium, and women are still in cages.... February 18, 2000
This story beautifully presented an issue that even in this day and age remains rife. Gillmore expressed the suffocation and frustration that women feel in a male dominated world. There is no pretention in her tale and no arrogance, but only quiet rebellion against a system that places one genda above the other. It's a sinister story, heavy with metaphors and symbolism, yet there's a gentle sadness in her writing, which would remind one of a trapped animal who is close to surrendering to it's captivity. A fascinating story, and worth reading whether you agree with her views or not. Personally, her views seem extremely valid to me, as she adresses an issue that has always been present in society, and still remains today, in the new century.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling. June 18, 2002
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (Feminist Press edition, 1973)

One of the best things about this small volume is that there's good deal of biographical and context information in the back. The story itself, already creepy enough on its own, takes on added weight when tied in to various minor details in Gilman's life. The biographer notes at one point that of Gilman's many writings, the only ones to survive in print at the time were this story and a textbook, Women and Economics. While this is certainly an above-average piece of work, there are a number of things about it that make it easy to see why less gripping tales in Gilman's corpus might have fallen by the wayside.

The main annoyance of Gilman's writing style is the constant paragraph breaks, a longstanding (and, one wonders, is there any reason behind it besides tradition?) affectation of what we'll call euphemistically erotic novelists. Really, subtlety is a good thing. While we're at it, the story would be more effective with half, or less, the number of existing exclamation points. The only parallel I can think of these days, stylewise, is the chatter of vacuous fourteen-year-old girls mooning over the Backstreet Boys. It gets painful after a while.

Annoyances of grammar aside, the story itself is quite a work. It purports to be the diary of a woman descending into madness thanks to, in essence, being treated like a woman in nineteenth-century America (the story itself dates from 1899). One wonders if H. P. Lovecraft didn't lift some of his descriptions of raw chaos from Gilman's descriptions of the wallpaper in the title, which is about the closest thing to raw chaos one is likely to find outside a straight horror story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
This is a "must read" to encourage women to live lovingly, yet responsibly. It raises issues regarding the age-old belief systems of a woman's role in her own life and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sharona
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories
Classic short stories about the role of women in the late 19th century. read it for book club. Enjoyed it. Shipped fast. Great price.
Published 6 months ago by Jessica L H Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
It's easy to blow through and the vibe becomes sinister pretty quickly. I was thinking how good of a movie it would make, then I saw one was made last year... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scott Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow
This is good stuff right here. Old classic short stories are amazing, and I love that these little collections are so low cost to purchase!
Published 12 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars fast arrival
This book arrived very fast, probably a week before the expected arrival date. Very good read, at a great price also!!
Published 21 months ago by JRC
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I really like that it was a FAST order and GREAT quality! It was also a great price! Thank you!
Published on November 14, 2011 by Stephany
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection
The author is an early feminist and has created a collection of short stories high lighting the conditions of women of the middle class of her era. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by L. Owings
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, is a chilling account of a young woman that is being suppressed from her freedom and creativity. Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by LC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Portrayal of Preventable Madness
This novella is a terrifying account of one women's descent into madness. This tale is told in the first person by the wife of a doctor. Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by H. Mazzeo
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic meant to be reread as an adult
As many, I first read "The Yellow Wallpaper" in high school. Back then, I was intrigued by the story, and felt empathy towards the main character, but felt myself struggling more... Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by J.R. Reardon
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