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The Yellow Wallpaper Summary
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper Summary

Introduction

"The Yellow Wallpaper," first published in 1892 In the New England Magazine, is largely considered Charlotte Perkins Gilman's best work of short fiction. The story is a first-person account of a young mother's mental deterioration and is based on Gilman's own experiences with postpartum depression. Like Gilman, the unnamed protagonist of the story is advised, based on medical theories of the time, to abstain from any and all physical activity and intellectual stimulation. She is not allowed to read, write, or even see her new baby. To carry out this treatments, the woman's husband takes her to a country house where she is kept In a former nursery decorated with yellow wallpaper.

Gilman initially had difficulties getting "The Yellow Wallpaper" published. Horace Scudder of The Atlantic refused to print it, stating "I could not forgive myself if I made others as miserable as I have made myself!" Eventually, "The Yellow...

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