By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A complete and accurate rendition of the 1892 Edition, with a New Note on the Text. The Yellow Wall-Paper 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 to remedy her 'nervous condition' -- which is actually postpartum depression. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. Locked in her bedroom, the heroine creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper -- a pattern that has come to symbolise her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, The Yellow Wall-Paper 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.