The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Who was Charlotte Perkins Gilman?
You may remember reading Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wall-Paper in high school. The author wrote that in 1887, while suffering from postpartum depression she was “prescribed the now infamous “rest cure” which mandated that she have but two hours of intellectual stimulation per day, have her child with her at all times and never pick up a pen or paintbrush for as long as she lived. Just months after beginning the “rest cure,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman had a nervous breakdown.” It was that breakdown that became the basis for The Yellow Wall-Paper.
The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings is well done. Gilman’s writing style is sharp and clever and her pioneering feminist stories are still relevant today.