The Yellow Wallpaper

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Book Facts

  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • First Published: 1892
  • Origin Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: Public Domain
  • Format: PDF

Book Description

The Yellow Wallpaper is seen as an important early feminist work of literature and is praised for its message concerning mental health among women.

It is only a short story made up of journal entries of a housewife whose husband is a physician who is out of the house a lot of the day.

Described within these journal entries is the story of an unnamed female character who has been moved into a rented mansion with the aim of recovering after a nervous breakdown.

A lot of the story talks about the look, smell and feel of the wallpaper in the room that the main character is spending her time in – hence the book’s name The Yellow Wallpaper.

In a strange turn of events that shows the characters deteriorating mental state, she is caught rubbing herself against the walls believing that she is trapped behind the wallpaper.

When the story was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892 she hoped it would act as a protest piece against the oppression of women.

It is said that this story paved the way for other feminist activists who also used literature to get their message across such as Alice Walker and Sylvia Plath.

Only 23 pages make upĀ The Yellow Wallpaper book and it can easily be read within an hour or so at a steady rate.

You can view the PDF version of the The Yellow Wallpaper book for free by clicking the link below to go straight to the file.