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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,579 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader is an anthology of fiction by one of America's most important feminist writers. Probably best known as the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper," in which a woman is driven mad by chauvinist psychiatry, Gilman wrote numerous other short stories and novels reflecting her radical socialist and feminist v
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Paperback, Bantam Classics, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Bantam Classics (first published 1892)
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Aubrey
I'm giving this particular edition four stars because the selections it chose to include from Gilman's bibliography saved me a lot of time and questioning whether I should read her other works. The issue with her is common to many -ists and -ologists and general term for thinkers of that time period (which hasn't yet ended judging by the state of things today) who confuse rationality with shock value when it comes to any other reality outside of their own. As such, worded solipsism is taken as u ...more
Krista Baetiong Tungol
A short story about a woman’s descent into madness, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is regarded as an important American feminist literary writing of the 19th century.

It tells us the story of a couple spending one summer at a colonial mansion. The husband, who works as a physician, feels that a change in the environment—coupled with enough rest—will suit his wife, whom he has diagnosed with “temporary nervous depression” after giving birth to their child. He forbids her to do a
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Perkins was a bold, outspoken, extremely intelligent early feminist. We really do stand on the shoulders of these courageous women. This is a collection of short stories, excerpts from her novel, and excerpts from some of her nonfiction feminist social commentary.
I didn't care much for The Yellow Wallpaper story, but everything else in the book is excellent. I know The Yellow Wallpaper is considered some sort of classic, but I really wasn't impressed. It's only 18 pages, so worth the read for c
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Judy
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of short stories
Recommended to Judy by: Mikki
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories includes the following stories and selections from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's writings:

*The Yellow Wallpaper
*If I Were a Man
*Turned
*The Cottagette
*An Honest Woman
*Making a Change
*Mr. Peeble's Heart
*The Widow's Might
*Selections from Herland
*Selections from Women and Economics
*Selections from the Man-made World

I found the story, The Yellow Wallpaper, to be a brilliant piece of writing. The incremental demise of the lady's mental faculties are clearly portraye
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Crystal
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it
I have actually read this story on more than one occasion, finding something new each time.

This is supposedly a true story, telling how Charlotte Perkins Gilman went crazy due to being confined in the typical manner a woman was kept in her time. She was moved away from family and friends to a country house where they thought the air would help her. She was forbidden to write or do anything not seen as "womanly duties" so started seeing bars on the walls in her bedroom and a person, or shadow, st
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Kara
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's unbelievable how pertinent these short stories are today, over 100 years since they we're written. Five stars for all of the short stories. I loved them all.

But the book also contained essays. And while Charlotte Perkins Gilman was clearly a remarkable woman--ahead of her time, brilliant, and lucid in her writing--these essays didn't age as well as the short stories.

I didn't know anything at all about the author before I picked this up, but I started to get a weird feeling as I read the ess
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Dasha M
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The Yellow Wall-paper is a hands down classic, and still relevant even to a contemporary reader. Some of the other stories in the collection also have a subversive tone, but those that were blander dragged it down.
Felicity
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was ahead of her time. She divorced her first husband, re-married and committed suicide when she knew she had terminal cancer.


The Yellow Wallpaper is about a woman who has depression and her husband who is a physician prescribes her to rest and do nothing. She wants to write but isn't allowed to for more than an hour a day and she becomes preoccupied with the yellow wallpaper.

I enjoyed the main short story and can see why it's acclaimed so one of her best. Great writing
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Marie
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The standout in this book of short stories is The Yellow Wallpaper, an amazing account of a woman descending into insanity. You can download a copy of the story for free on Amazon - I highly recommend it. The other stories in the collection are OK, but much more straightforwardly political.
David
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Leave it to a sociologist to create such a brilliant insight into the perseverative nature of the intrusive thoughts that create what clinicians call "mental illness." From where do these thoughts come? Is their origin internal or external - or a combination of both? This story reminds me of Bergman's classic film "Through a Glass Darkly," a troubling look at a young woman's descent into a cycle of madness. Though set in very different times and places, both tales describe terrifying situations ...more
Annie Walker
I have to admit, sadly, that I was unable to finish this entire collection of short stories- though I would like to some day! I read half of the stories, and each one was marvelous! Gilman does such an amazing job of building tension of suspicion, intrigue and curiosity. Very few of the stories have crazy trick endings (Yellow Wallpaper being one of them), but most have either highly unsettling or incredibly satisfying endings that really make you stop and think about men, women, society, and ju ...more
freckledbibliophile
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know what just happened to my review. Moving forward, I feel that Charlotte Gilman had something to say in her own right. After reading Motherhood, (and the book itself) I agree with some of her views, others I do not. This probably has something to do with the era we now live in, and the fact that a woman's place in society has changed...somewhat. I feel that, "somewhat," should suffice in some areas. If it was possible for Gilman and I to discuss my, "some areas," I'm sure she'd be ang ...more
Danika
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm struggling to finish this book--it contains one very good story, The Yellow Wallpaper, and then a couple hundred pages demonstrating why the only thing anybody's ever read by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is The Yellow Wallpaper. None of her other stories (and certainly none of her nonfiction) hold a candle to that story, and, while socially relevant to her time, are so specifically directed at people of a certain social class at a specific time period that they lose the general relevance necess ...more
Aiesha
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I first read this in an Intro to Women's Studies course an though I "got it," I didn't very much like it. It grew on me to the point where I eventually taught the book. In reading TYW, you have to transport yourself to a time and place to really think about the effects of a life lived the way the main characters' life was and how that may have affected her emotionally. Descent into madness, indeed!
K.
4.5 stars.

Like many Americans, I read The Yellow Wallpaper in high school, but I am unfamiliar with the overall body of Gilman's work. Here I am, changing that. Mini-reviews because short stories.

the yellow wallpaper
The title story has been minutely scrutinized by scads of academics more talented than I could ever hope to be, so I won't be saying anything new here. Just my Feels, bro. As a teenager, this story shook me. I am angry on her behalf, angry like I was for Hester Prynne. That year of E
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Surabhi
The Yellow Wall-Paper 1/5

"It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw---not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.” .

Hated it!

The story details the descent of a young woman into madness. Her supportive, though misunderstanding husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a rest cure after experiencing symptoms of "temporary nervous depression". . .

This is one of those insidious tales of how oppressed
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Taylor Hudson
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
The Yellow Wallpaper was one of my favorite reads during high school english - the story of woman kept secluded in a room, as prescribed by the doctor, begins to lose her mind. It's a dark and haunting story that has stuck with me over the years - I think it's a little sad that CPG is most known for this work - because her feminist ideals are least represented here. It's a great story but it's the only story in the collection in which the woman is essentially defeated by the man. The other stori ...more
Leah Arthur
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was not as impressed by this story as I was expecting.. it's not bad by any means, just not what I was expecting, and so I may have missed some of the symbolism. One day I will re-read it but for now Tis shelved.

However, overall I did really enjoy reading Gilman's stories. She has another one about a woman who ditches her hubs after he cheats on her... with the girl he impregnates. Aside from short stories this book has excepts from her novel Herland as well as her philosophy which was very in
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Hanna
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
To this day, The Yellow Wallpaper is one of my favorite short-stories. It was really interesting reading some of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s other works! She truly had a knack for short stories with subversive feminist undertones, but I had a hard time focusing on her nonfiction writing. The tone & style is harder to get into, plus, unless I’m truly looking to understand early-feminist theory, I really don’t want to be reading about feminism written by dead old white ladies. 🤷🏻♀ Merely a pers ...more
Morgan Pocorobba
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read this book when I was in high school, but my recollection of it is about a woman with severe clinical depression who is also not in complete touch with reality. Basically her wallpaper is yellow and this somehow seemed to represent her being trapped in her life and in depression. She sees scenes in her wallpaper and basically we, as the readers end up feeling sorry for her because she is stuck inside her own head.
Jessica
Women power! There is no hidden agenda with this collection of stories. With the exception of the first creepy, sad story these tell the story of a women who rises above her allotment in society and does what she wants. And succeeds.

The men are all proud, egotistical, and think they know everything.

Pretty formulaic and stereotypical. Some stories were better than others.
Gideon
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Five stars for The Yellow Wallpaper.
Three for her other fiction except Herland.
Two stars for Herland, the social feminist version of Ayn Rand (building a world just for your social ideas doesn’t work, especially when it’s not particularly well written).
One star for the non-fiction, which is full of fallacies and sophistry.
Courtney
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
American Literature II is a class that I am currently taking. During this class we are required to read novels, poems, and short stories that we might not have ever read otherwise. Some are good and some are bad; however, all are legendary and useful for the overall growth of literature everywhere.
Emmalago
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Yellow Wallpaper is incredible. The majority of the rest of the stories are diminutive.
Lindsey
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes with such conviction that she quickly became on of my favorite authors -- an engrossing read.
Shannon
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just read the story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Delightful and creepy.
Tori
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
**Spoilers**

The Yellow Wall-paper - One of my very favorite short stories. It's creepy and complex and fascinating.

The Giant Wistaria - Not my favorite story, but certainly not bad. A ghost story that was entirely predictable and underdeveloped.

Three Thanksgivings - I loved this story about an older woman's determination to pay off her debt on her own. She was very resourceful and clever. Instead of taking the 'easy' way and marrying a man she had no interest in, she created a Woman's Club tha
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Stacie
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love Charlotte Perkins Gilman's works. Before I read this book I read her Wikipedia page and learned that she was a feminist who got a rare (in those days) divorce and dealt with depression when people didn't really understand what it was. Learning about her first colored the way I perceived what I was reading. Obviously, The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic but I think it's lessons still hold true today with feminism and human rights being so important right now, and always.

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Michael
Still very relevant though written over 100 years ago, this book is a collection of stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, samples of three of her books, and an introduction by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. The author wrote these between 1890 and 1915, so many of these are in the public domain, for example at Project Gutenberg, but this nice little book puts them together in an easy-to-read collection.

The introduction gives an overview of Ms. Gilman's life and work, and is quite interesting, although I d
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, 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 li ...more
“As for mother Eve - I wasn't there and can't deny the story, but I will say this. If she brought evil into the world, we men have had the lion's share of keeping it going ever since.” 44 likes
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