- Paperback: 34 pages
- Publisher: Wisehouse Classics; 2016 ed. edition (January 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9176372286
- ISBN-13: 978-9176372289
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Yellow Wallpaper (Wisehouse Classics - First 1892 Edition, with the Original Illustrations by Joseph Henry Hatfield) 2016 ed. Edition
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This was written in Victorian times so the language is a bit old-timey; however it was not difficult to figure out the 'language' and I find that it translates easily to modern dialog. The book is only 34 pages (!) so it is a very quick read.
It is about a woman and her husband, who move to a new house for the season. Her husband, a doctor, declares her 'nervous' and keeps her in what is essentially the attic of the house until she 'calms down' (Note - this was a common occurrence back in those days; women were often deemed 'hysterical' and locked away until they were 'better' aka submissive/obedient/etc). Locked away from her newborn child, In her solidarity she begins to be equally fascinated and disgusted by the yellow wallpaper in the room. She sees patterns in the wallpaper and eventually believes that there are women trapped inside of the walls.
I liked this book because it is historically accurate and it scary in a thought-provoking way. How quickly would you descend into madness if you only had your own thoughts to keep you company? What would you fixate on to pass the time, how would you create some companionship?
On a side note - while waiting for the book to arrive, I was watching Season One (Murder House) of American Horror Story. In one scene, the maid Moira is discussing the oppression of women throughout history with the homeowner Vivian. Moira references this book, and informs Vivian that the word 'hysteria' stems from the Greek word for 'uterus.' It was kind of a neat reference to the book, so look for it if you watch the show!