Charlotte Perkins Gilman


A picture of the author Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A prominent American sociologist, novelist, short story writer, poe, and lecturer for social reform, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) was a "utopian feminist." Her vast achievements, recorded during a period of American history where such feats were quite difficult for women, cast here as a role model for women everywhere. And her unorthodox concepts and lifestyles cast her as a role model for future generations of feminists.

Her most fammous work is the semi-autobiographical short story The Yellow Wallpaper. A story which she penned after a severe bout of postpartum psychosis.

The Yellow Wallpaper became a best-seller in the Feminist Press. The story was written in two days, June 6th and 7th during the summer of 1890 and then published in The new England Magazine in January of 1892.

Readers interested the feminist aspects of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's work will wish to investigate the Kate Chopin library here at American Literature.

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