Biography: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) lived an early life void of affection, instead concentrating on self-education, teaching herself to read by the age of five. Her intelligence impressed her teachers even though Charlotte was generally a poor student. She married an artist, and, after having a child a year later, she suffered post-partum depression. She separated from her husband after four years, divorced him six years later and gave up the care of her young daughter to her husband's second wife. She became active as a writer and lecturer in the Suffrage and Nationalism movements and was known for her progressive views on parental rights and feminism. She remarried and lived a productive life as a novelist and writer of magazine articles and short stories. She was a feminist and led an unorthodox lifestyle according to the beliefs of the day, serving as a role model for future feminists. She is best known for her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" which she wrote after her post-partum depression.

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  1. The Yellow Wallpaper
    The Yellow Wallpaper
    by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    This journal chronicles the thoughts of a woman who is sent to a country home for forced rest by her husband and doctor who think the solitude will cure her from her dislike of marriage and motherhood. She creates her own reality outside of the yellow wallpaper of the bedroom in which she is imprisoned and records her thoughts in a secret journal. Through this journal she describes the importance of personal freedom and self-empowerment as her mental health continues to fail.

    Categories: Parenting, Romance, Other Fiction

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