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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

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Known primarily for her classic and haunting story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist. Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists today. This collection includes selections from both her fiction and nonfiction work.

In addition to the title story, there are sev
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) As a woman, writing in 1892, and writing stories like the title story--it's amazing she ever got published at all, particularly in the straitlaced US…moreAs a woman, writing in 1892, and writing stories like the title story--it's amazing she ever got published at all, particularly in the straitlaced US of the time!(less)
Shari Degroff The sexism and mental problems and the lack of support was the main thrust of the story.

I have been impressed by this story since reading and…more
The sexism and mental problems and the lack of support was the main thrust of the story.

I have been impressed by this story since reading and analyzing it in a college reading course. Our class even looked up formal critiques of it that had been written through the years.(less)
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want a brief taste of madness
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and danielle23
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Yup, that was me enjoying the spiralling descent into madness.

Ok all jokes aside, mental health is a serious issue and something which is more fragile than we realise - do not take it for granted people. We are lucky enough to live in a time when people recognise and understand depression and constructive, helpful treatments can be offered. Unfortunately for Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she inhabited the tail end of the Victoria
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BrokenTune
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"This wallpaper has a kind of subpattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then. But 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 behind that silly and conspicuous front design."

Classic horror in small doses provided by an author I had not heard about but who is now someone I will seek out for other stories.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow
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Apatt
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin. It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.”


Oh my gawd! This story creeped me out! I have never heard of The Yellow Wallpaper until I saw t
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J.G. Keely
Roland Barthes talked about 'writerly' and 'readerly' books. I've struggled for a long time, myself, in trying to come up for terms to talk about the differences between deliberate works and those which are too bumbling, too one-sided, or too ill-informed to make the reader think.

While The Yellow Wallpaper brings up interesting points, it does not really deal with them. The text has become part of the canon not for the ability of the author, which is on the more stimulating end of middling, but
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
*PREFACE TO REVIEW: I have a soft spot for literature about descents into madness. I blame it on my mother taking me to see Lost Highway in the theater at a young and tender age. I also blame this film, to a larger extent, on my fashion sense from then to now. Which is to say, I blame my mom. Who is, in fact, more sane than most.*

Ah, suicide authors! You do know madness so!!! There have been a few times where I have personally thought that I was going off my rocker, but considering that I've yet
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David Schaafsma
The Yellow Wallpaper, first published in 1992, is now a staple of middle and high school English classes and college (Gender and )Women’s Studies programs, linked to Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Ibsen’s The Doll House and similar texts reflecting on the damage patriarchy does to society, especially to women. Gilman wrote a lot of fiction, and also Women and Economics, was a friend of feminist and social reformer Jane Addams, and was increasingly a feminist critic of society.

Gilman also experienc
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Ron
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for The Yellow Wallpaper - Excellent short story. After looking into Gilman’s traumatic inspiration for writing it, I was wowed.

4 stars for the other stories included in this small book - all were good.
Olivier Delaye
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well-written story about a depressed and possibly deranged woman who is convinced that the wallpaper of her bedroom is haunted/possessed/inhabited reminded me of China Mieville’s Details, which appears in his short story collection Looking for Jake. In both, the devil is indeed in the details…

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Gloria Mundi
This is a short story about a woman's descent into madness and I have just the t-shirt slogan for the protagonist:

EXCUSE ME. I HAVE TO GO AND MAKE A SCENE.

Because that's what I wanted her to do throughout, but we cannot really expect that from a genteel 19th century lady and that is when the story was written. So does that mean that it is now outdated and irrelevant to us emancipated 21st century women?

Personally, I have gone through a period in my life when I took some pretty heavy drugs, staye
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Zaki
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sad tale about a woman who stares at her yellow wallpaper and gets so irritated and frustrated, that after a while she rips it off the wall.
Mary
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this short story a few months ago on someone's recommendation when I said that the tile design at a hotel was driving me insane.

In retrospect, the tile was fine.
✿Eryn✿
5 STARS

I only had to read The Yellow Wallpaper for class, however, as soon as I read that short-story, I knew I would have to read her other stories. Gilman's writing is just flawless. I honestly think Charlotte Perkins Gilman is my new favorite short-story author, ever. Her unique ideas and effortless writing, is really something. I mean, she literally has me feeling sorry for the characters in under 10 pages -- that's talent.

Overall, this is brilliant! I'll come back to this later and write a
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Fiona
Inspired. Chilling. Alarmingly realistic. Witty. Devastating. Dark. Empowering. Radical. Outstanding. Classic.

Although I read and reviewed the novella Herland during the autumn of last year it was indeed the title story in this collection which led me to the literary door of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

I am not really very sure whether I would have prefered to have read these works first. I was beginning to feel a little ashamed at just how long The Yellow Wallpaper had been decorating my bookcase
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Punya Gupta
The Yellow Wallpaper is a chilling and brilliant short story of 6000 words by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Written in 1892 it is one of the first pieces of feminist literature available.
The story chronicles the descent of a woman into madness after she's kept under house arrest by her husband given her early signs of depression and anxiety.

This book was written in a conservative era where in women were not allowed to read and write and voice their opinions.

What's really thought provoking and disturb
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Bailey
Aug 20, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks wearing a corset is a good idea.
I first read the Yellow Wallpaper as a moderately young person, when I was more concerned with being a young quasi-socialite than actually dissecting literature to learn something about how to best live my life as an intelligent person. I thought of school as the time between weekends, and the class-to-class routine as an overly respite for afternoon fun. I found, upon re-reading, that this story can teach me about how we can choose our own perception. Somewhere between moving into the former ch ...more
Lori
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like anyone who's ever taken a Womens' Studies course, I read The Yellow Wallpaper for a class. I felt completely insane during the time I was reading it.

Then I came across "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, and she says this "But the best result is this. Many years later I was told that the great specialist had admitted to friends of his that he had altered his treatment of neurasthenia since reading The Yellow Wallpaper. It was not intended to drive people crazy,
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Val
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite (long) short stories to teach in high school. Though my Monday book reviews normally focus on full-length books, this short story is a great work to study as a horror writer. Gilman wrote the story as a result of her own mental breakdown. It was written in the late 1800′s when things like depression and postpartum depression were not understood. A popular cure was known as “the rest cure.” Women were given a strict schedule, mostly consisting of rest away from family a ...more
Amy Neftzger
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a short but well written literary piece in which a woman goes insane. The woman has been prescribed a cure of doing nothing (complete rest). What I really like about this story is that you can't really tell if the woman was ill to begin with or if the "cure" actually caused the insanity. There are also a number of themes woven into this story, such as that of creativity vs rationality (she's a writer and her husband is a physician) as well as the theme of the domestic role as a prison (d ...more
Bruce
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first person narrator of this story describes the “vacation” house as haunted, queer, and seems delighted to find it so. Heightening the intensity of the narrative, she tells the story in the present tense. Her husband John is a rationalist, a physician, who does not believe his wife is sick but has a nervous condition. The narrator seems resigned to his disbelief: “But what can one do?” The narrator presents herself as a child, is treated like one and views herself as one. She seems to be i ...more
Courtnie

Oh, my. Oh, my. oh my oh my oh my oh my. 


I've never been so happy to get out of someone's head. This was almost brutal in it's relentless descent. Quite a feat for a mere 45 pages. 



“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.”

There is a lot to be said with the treatment of the narrator by her husband, though I didn't find his behavior malicious as much as I felt he was the perfect example of the attitude of the time. Still, damage unwittingly done can be just as h

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Nikki Nielsen
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to be educated on the misconceptions of postpartum depression
Recommended to Nikki by: My client left it for me to read while I was house/dog sitting f
This is a story written in the 1800's by a woman thought to have a 'nervous condition', surely all in her head. She desperately longs to write but her husband and doctor forbid it. This story is compiled of the journal entries she sneaks while they aren't watching.

She is told to put being sick right out of her head. She is in a room with dreadful yellow wallpaper that she studies night and day, until she sees things that aren't really there. She begs her husband to take her away and is told to
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Madeline
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda Collings
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This writer was ahead of her time !!Loved all these stories.
Melissa
Dark short story about the decent into madness, and being set in the early 1900's quite a feminist critique of the times too. After all when your male relatives, knowing better than you what's best for your wellbeing, can force exactly the wrong remedies on you, it's no wonder that a perfectly sane person couldn't be driven insane.
Sam
I have heard so much about Gilman's writing, especially about the Yellow Wallpaper, so I was a little concerned that this may have ruined the impact somehow. But my concerns were unfounded. Each of the seven stories in this collection is not only superbly written but is easy to read, despite their age and brings the characters to life in such a way that you feel you are there with them, watching their every move.

The Yellow Wallpaper is disturbing and horrific in its portrayal of a woman being pu
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Safae
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I've learned form wiki that charlotte committed suicide after finding out she had cancer , and that she had a lot of periods of depression especially after giving birth just like in this book , so the resemblance is there because this story is a semi autobiography of the author
this story is basically happening in one specific room , the narrator had initially insisted on taking the room downstairs but her husband was persistent on taking the one upstairs ,which made he
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Jenn "JR"
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A very unusual and well paced short story about a woman being slowly poisoned, at least to insanity, by wallpaper. Victorians had a predilection for using arsenic in dyes - especially green (stands to reason that yellow would have some of green in it). To make matters worse - the Victorian cure for any kind of fatigue, nausea, or other symptoms was a "rest cure" -- to stay indoors, windows closed and don't go outside.

So, if someone is already being poisoned by pigments in her own home, where sh
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LeeAnne
The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


This is my favorite short story. It is a creepy and disturbing account of one woman's descent into terrifying madness. The descriptions are very graphic and vivid; especially the one's of the wallpaper, which are clues to the reader about what is really going on in the story. The story is presented as a collection of journal entries written by a woman who is suffering from what we now know is postpartum depression.



The woman's husband is a physici
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Becky
It is such a great shame that this book is largely focused on in middle school, and not at higher levels. It is truly such a complex and horrifying short story, and I just don’t think that nuances could be fully appreciated by a thirteen year old. It is simply one of the best works of feminist literature out there. It is hard to believe that medicine was truly practiced in such a barbaric manner not that long ago. We’ve done sensory deprivation studies on soldiers, and that is akin to what was ...more
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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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