October 18: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

October 18: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 18: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Here we are, Cobblers, back to the good ‘ol Sunday sadness. But don’t worry: I’ve got your back, or at least your brain, by delivering you another Gothic short story for Gothic Literature Month. For day 18 of celebration, we take a look at Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” After reading, or re-reading, this story, you’ll be too worried about the state of your walls to worry about Monday morning.

What You Need To Read

This piece held the top spot in my personal list of favorite short stories for a good five years, and it’s definitely still in the top three. If you haven’t read it, do it and do it quickly: “Project Gutenberg: The Yellow Wallpaper.”The hyperlink to Project Gutenberg is to an HTML, free ebook, so no downloading is necessary.

The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University is host to  a digital curation of papers for Gilman: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Digital Collection.”

Check out the Gilman society: “The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society.

Virginia Tech hosts an academic paper by Deborah M. De Simone, originally published by The Women in Literature and Life Assembly of The National Council of Teachers of English: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminization of Education.” Here’s an excerpt: “Why all the renewed interest in Gilman? According to Mary Hill and Ann Lane, the answers lie in the life experiences of a rather extraordinary woman who waged a lifelong battle against the restrictive patriarchal social codes for women in the late nineteenth-century America. From this battle, Gilman developed a controversial conception of womanhood.”

That is all for today, my friends. Come back tomorrow for some Monday-survival assistance with Margaret Atwood.


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