Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of "The Yellow Wall-Paper"
by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
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Published without remuneration by New England Magazine in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" is an account of a woman who, confined to bed with an unnamed illness, slowly loses her grip on reality. Though the author enjoyed some renown during her lifetime, she was mostly forgotten until feminists "rediscovered" the story and reissued it in 1973. Since then, it has occasioned nearly eight hundred publications and scholarly projects—no doubt because the woman's madness, and her discovery of a woman trapped in the wallpaper of her room, can be read as everything from an indictment of male-centric medicine to a brief on the power of the female imagination.
The latest to join this torrent of commentators is biographer Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. Unlike her forerunners, Horowitz has at
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