What’s Behind Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Yellow Wallpaper? Short essay on electronic devices is a description of a case of nervous breakdown beginning something as mine did, and treated as Dr. Weir Mitchell treated me with what I consider the inevitable result, progressive insanity.
The regimen included isolation, bed rest, and heavy foods and prohibited work of any kind, physical or intellectual. 1892—although she never received payment, having apparently been robbed by an unscrupulous agent. The story caused a sensation. So far as I know, and I am fairly well up in literature, there has been no detailed account of incipient insanity. I had been as far as one could go and get back. In recent decades, the story has been ubiquitous in literary anthologies and textbooks and is now widely taught to high school and college students.
Readers will note that the spelling of the title of Gilman’s most famous work varies from source to source. The story was reprinted several times during Gilman’s life, and the title was printed in any number of ways. John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer. A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity,—but that would be asking too much of fate! This selection may be photocopied and distributed for classroom or educational use. Exceptional depiction of a mind gone wrong by a person who got her mind back to clarity–with a strong depiction of people who won’t recognize the emotional and psychological hazards of life. This is an important story.
Also fun as a horror story. How good can you get. I read this many decades ago, forgot it completely, and felt goosebumps all over again. This time tho I better appreciated Gilman’s pacing.
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