Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America’s leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories makes available the fullest selection of her short fiction ever printed. In addition to her pioneering masterpiece, `The Yellow Wall-Paper’ (1890), which draws on her own experience of depression and insanity, this edition features her Impress magazine`story studies’, works in the manner of writers such as Henry James, Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling.
These stories, together with other fiction from her neglected California period (1890-95), throw new light on Gilman. In her stories she published herself in The Forerunner (the magazine she started and edited), GIlman repeatedly explores the situation of “the woman of fifty” and inspires reform by imagining workable solutions to a range of personal and social problems.
Oxford University Press, 2009 (1892)