The Yellow Wallpaper
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Tags: Classics, Horror, Gothic, Short Stories, Mental Health
Republished: Aug 28, 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Based on the author’s own experiences, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the ‘rest cure’ prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.
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 lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, which she wrote after a severe bout of post-partum depression.
Quotes From this Book
“But I MUST say what I feel and think in some way — it is such a relief! But the effort is getting to be greater than the relief.”
“It does not do to trust people too much.”
“Now why should that man have fainted? But he did,and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!”
“I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.”