A new collection of fiction and poetry from a major voice in American feminism and literature
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn-of-the-century American feminist and socialist thinker. In her works of fiction, Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the talents and economic contributions of women. Based on the nervous breakdown she suffered during her own disastrous first marriage, The Yellow Wall-Paper is her classic story about a woman who goes mad when the rest-cure treatment she undergoes forbids her any kind of work.
Herland, Gilman's most famous novel, is a feminist utopian comedy in which three men stumble upon a society of women that has banished men. Also included in this Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition is a selection of Gilman's poetry and other short fiction. Gilman scholar Denise D. Knight has written an enlightening Introduction that explores Gilman's use of the utopian form, satire, and fantasy to provide a critique of women's place in society and to propose creative solutions.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, a great niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Among the 200 short stories and books she wrote during her lifetime are The Man-Made World, Human Work, and a major text of the women's movement, Women and Economics. In 1935, suffering from advanced breast cancer, she committed suicide in Pasadena, California. Denise D. Knight is a professor of English at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, New York, and is the author of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction.
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