Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is a semi-autobiographical short story of a woman’s mental demise as she is forced to endure a period of lonely isolation told through a series of chilling journal entries.
Following a bout of postpartum psychosis, an unnamed woman is prescribed bed rest by her physician husband. The couple rent an old mansion in the countryside, and she is trapped in an upstairs nursery with loathsome yellow wallpaper that slowly takes over her mind. She’s banned from working or writing and does so secretly while commenting on society’s complex patriarchal oppression, recounting her slow turn to insanity through a string of unsettling diary entries.
First published in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is an early feminist short story and is now regarded as an important piece of American literature. This volume features an author biography as well as her essay ‘Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper’ and is not to be missed by fans of feminist writers such as Sylvia Plath.