The Yellow Wallpaper
Global Publishers
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The Yellow Wallpaper

Global Publishers

The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins
Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is
regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature for its
illustration of the attitudes toward the mental and physical health of women
in the 19th century. It is also lauded as an excellent work of horror fiction.
The story is written as a collection of journal entries narrated in the first
person. The journal was written by a woman whose physician husband has rented
an old mansion for the summer. Forgoing other rooms in the house, the couple
moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, the husband forbids
the journal writer from working or writing and encourages her to eat well and
get plenty of air so that she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary
nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency", a common diagnosis in
women at the time. As the reader continues through the journal entries, they
experience the writer's gradual descent into madness with nothing better to do
than observe the peeling yellow wallpaper in her room.
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