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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Year Published: 1892

Description: Published in 1892 and often referred to as an early example of American feminist literature, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a first-person short story about a woman physically confined to her bedroom and forbidden to work or interact with others by her physician husband after he diagnoses her with hysteria, a common judgment bestowed exclusively on women in the 19th century. The story unfolds through entries in a secret journal that over time describe a descent into psychosis, characterized by an obsession with the room's wallpaper.

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'You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well under way in following, it turns a back-somersault and there you are. It slaps you in the face, knocks you down, and tramples upon you.'

The Yellow Wallpaper

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