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The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  228 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories makes available the fullest selection ever printed of her short fiction, featuring the pioneering feminist masterpiece of the title, her stories contemporary with The Yellow Wallpaper, the fiction from her neglected California period ( ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 19th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Paul
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Interesting set of short stories about the role of women. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories vary greatly in quality and some are formulaic, although they make a point that needed to be made again and again; women are perfectly capable and independent and tend to be held back by domineering and thoughtless men. The gothic stories are excellent, especially the title story about a descent into madness. The Yellow Wallpape ...more
Bettie☯
The Yellow Wall-paper was featured in New England Magazine(January 1890)647-656.

One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.

Other stories:
That Rare Jewel (1890)
The Unexpected (1890)
Alice Lippart
Interesting collection, but gets a bit repetitive.
Will
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jooliecoolie
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best collection of short stories I've ever read.
Evan
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The titular story is a classic for a reason, and it's powerful stuff. At her best on the specifics of women's experiences under patriarchy, but so very white and unable to write character's who aren't. Also, can only capture the middle-class. A good polemicist for women#s rights, but limited by her outlook.
Zee
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gilman's prose is of the scary type. Scary for its' intellect and practical advice for all women. First of all, she is an unapologetic feminist. These well-structured little stories could be divided into three themes which showcase Gilman's adeptness in her art. The first third of the book displays distinct Gothic elements where houses (what Freud called the 'Unheimliche') become objects that reflect female repression. In 'Yellow-Wallpaper', Gilman's most famous and disturbing story, the house i ...more
Sonatajessica
Browsing through the other reviews most readers seem to have only commented (and read) the story from the title, "The Yellow Wallpaper". If I had done the same I would hand out 5 stars now. That story is absolutely stunning, it is disturbing and fascinating, creepy, so well crafted and not that simple to decipher, a true gem.
Most of the other stories in this collection, which claims to be the most complete collection of Perkins Gillman's stories, are straight forward feminist stories. Surely re
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Renee
Recommended by a librarian

I got this basically to just read The Yellow Wall-Paper and I highly recommend reading it. What I took away from it, and was validated by reading Chartlotte's essay "Why I wrote the Yellow Wall-Paper, wasn't that this was simply a story about a woman's decent into madness., but about a woman who was suffering post par-tum depression. Because of the time period her husband, the doctor,ignored and placed the label of "hysteria" upon her. Researching the author has found n
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thewanderingjew
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
These stories are written in a different time frame, almost a century and a half ago, they are more literature than the made for TV tales turned out furiously on the computers of modern day authors, turned out with stories of violence and sex to attract an audience, rather than with interesting stories about life’s challenges. This collection of short stories was simply a pleasure to read. Each one, on its own, had a different theme about women. One story was about a misunderstood woman going ma ...more
Claire
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, feminism
Had to return the book to the library before finishing. Got up to "Mrs. Elder's Idea." I have been enjoying the various twists on received wisdom in the stories I have read so far. Will resume when I get the book again.
Got the book 10/17/16
The book opens with "The Yellow Wallpaper" and closes with "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper." On first reading the story,a long time ago, I got swept up in the main character's mindset of the need to be free and the final freeing. (I'm not saying I was a good
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Jessica
The stars are for the title story, really. If I were to have rated the rest of Gilman's stories in this collection, I would have been frustrated with Goodreads rating system for forcing me to give them even a full star. The Yellow Wallpaper is a remarkably imagined story that delves deep and rather eerily into the product of a mind wrought of suffocation and hopelessness. It is a haunting piece that is a foundation for Gilman's reputation as a feminist intellectual to stand upon (and perhaps the ...more
Kayl Parker
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
1// "Women were always mysterious enough, heaven knows; but "the higher education" seems to have added an intense self-consciousness of their own intricacy. Where they used to be queer and couldn't account for it, now they are queer and can give you a thousand reasons."

2// "...he felt that all her uncertainties were accounted for, and that the error was his - in having married too many kinds of people at once."

3// "In her soft-carpeted, thick-curtained, richly furnished chamber, Mrs Marroner lay
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Robert C.
This isn't just about Yellow Wall-Paper, it's about life from the perspective of a woman who sees that women are treated differently to men and who has the balls to write a whole slew of stories that express that.. over and over again.

The author had a bit of an obsession about the theme of women's rights and who am I to disagree. After all, they are set almost a hundred years ago and I have no idea how valid these views are.

I do know that, aside from the obsessional quality of it all, these stor
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Céline :)
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER:
Wow, this book was intense! It follows a woman as her mind slowly degrades and becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that covers the room she is staying in. It was really fascinating to read from her perspective and follow her downward spiral as she loses control of reality. I look forward to studying more of this novel in class :)
Sherri
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had never read "The Yellow Wallpaper" before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me forever to read the full book of stories because all of them had the same strong-woman struggling against oppressive society theme - good for one or two stories at a time but gets old when you're reading 20+ stories. Thus, taken in little bits, I enjoyed it immensely.
Kim
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2009
The early stories were all excellent. Toward the end they became more advice in story form than real literary shorts. Excellent book though and cool to see the viewpoint of the late teens and early twenties as far as feminism goes.
marissa
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, compelling collection of stories; I found the short stories more interesting than the excerpts of longer works. There's a strength and fierce longing underpinning each story that is undeniable.
Rosie
I only read the stories relevant to my Lit course work, those that were more flippant and transparent were the reason this only got 3 stars from me, I preferred the stories with a bit more of an issue towards it, they seemed to place more of a reality on the stories.
Jen
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an early 20th century, Utopian feminist writer. Her short stories highlight the plight of American women at the time. She was one also of the first people to write seriously about independent women and also mental issues (The Yellow Wallpaper).
T-mere
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
PG is always worth reading!
Fred Aguilar
Dec 07, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
just starting. Jenn's rec.
Jen
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Yellow Wallpaper still resonates for me on soooo many levels...and I usually dislike short stories.
Anne
Mar 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Well recommended by the fabulous Anj. A short read - but intense!
Grace
Sep 09, 2008 added it
One of my fav's, depressing but very interesting.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman 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 ...more
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