C.P. Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

Last updated date: July 19, 2019

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8.3

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In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the C.P Gilman C.P. Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.2
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
721 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This has got to be one of the most impressive short stories ever written, up there with the very best. Written in the late 1800's, it is surprisingly modern in its form & content. When I was an undergraduate, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an undiscovered writer, but thankfully she's been very much discovered now: I've read her nonfiction ('Women and Economics'--very forward-thinking re: communal kitchens and daycare) and her utopian novel, 'Herland.' She also has some other terrific short stories, "If I Were a Man," for example and a mystery novel. None is as famous as "The Yellow Wallpaper," however. What's great about this story is that I've found it reprinted in horror anthologies, women's fiction anthologies, college readers, texts on madness...It's a masterful example of an unreliable narrator and a woman's descent into madness. A wife is prescribed bed rest for what appears to be postpartum depression, is confined to a room w/ sickly yellow overly ornate wallpaper...and goes mad from inactivity, lack of meaningful stimulation. Don't want to spoil it by saying any more, if you haven't already read this great short story. (less)
- Good Reads
Edgar Allan Poe's fans, this book is for you! I am afraid that I cannot tell you what the yellow wallpaper stands for, you will have to find this out on your own!!! What I can tell you though is that even if the themes being explored might seem to you irrelevant to today and especially to such young audience, I can assure you that this is not the case.
- The Guardian
November 25, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
I understand that this is a classic short story, but it was incredibly disturbing, weird, creepy, and a bit stupid. I honestly don't see why this is high rated, but I guess I'm just too young to understand it.
- Good Reads
I say bizarre, because it truly is one of the strangest pieces of fiction I have ever read.
- Layali Webzine
October 27, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

First published in 1892, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper--a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, "The Yellow Wallpaper" stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.

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