The Yellow Wallpaper - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Yellow Wallpaper - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages
Published: 30/04/1981
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Waterstones Says

Constructed with masterful psychological precision, The Yellow Wallpaper is a chilling depiction of a woman's mental breakdown in enforced confinement after the birth of her child.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrenched this small literary masterpiece from her own experience. Narrated with superb psychological skill and dramatic precision, it tells the story of a nameless woman driven mad by enforced confinement after the birth of her child.

Isolated in a colonial mansion in the middle of nowhere, forced to sleep in an attic nursery with barred windows and sickly yellow wallpaper, secretly she does what she has to do - she writes.

She craves intellectual stimulation, activity, loving understanding, instead she is ordered to her bedroom to rest and 'pull herself together'. Here, slowly but surely, the tortuous pattern of the wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind...

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780860682011
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 80 g
Dimensions: 199 x 134 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Even if the themes being explored might seem irrelevant to you today and especially to such young audience, I can assure you that this is not the case - Guardian

A great work of literature, the product of a questing, burning intellect - Maggie O'Farrell

I loved it. I loved the unnerving, sarcastic tone, the creepy ending, the clarity of its critique of the popular nineteenth century - Paris Review

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“Gets under your skin.”

This is perfectly creepy, the way it keeps subtley and slowly turning on its side until it is upside down makes your eyes wide and your skin tingle.

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“Captivatng”

A wonderfully disturbing story! You feel the pain of all the characters, not just the leading lady even though everything is through her eyes. With that being said you get so sucked into her way of thinking that you... More

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“Either this Wallpaper goes or I do...”

This collection includes six stories, all published between 1892 and 1914 and all unexpectedly relevant and modern in their message. I think my favourites were 'Making a Change', the story of a young family... More

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