|From The Publisher*||A definitive edition of the groundbreaking feminist fiction of a nineteenth century pioneer|
Best known for her gothic short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a pioneering feminist writer, the author of the utopian novels Herland and With Her in Ourland, about a newly-discovered country in which there have been no men for 2000 years. Both novels are gathered here along with approximately forty of her best stories: "The Yellow Wallpaper," presented in both the published and the almost unknown original manuscript version, which contains a different ending, "The Giant Wistaria" and "The Rocking-Chair," and many others. Also included is an extensive selection of Gilman's poems, many written in support of suffrage and other reforms.
|Biographical Note||Charlotte Perkins Gilman, born 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, married Charles W. Stetson in 1884. She suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter and separated from her husband in 1888, divorcing him in 1894. After his quick subsequent remarriage, Gilman caused a scandal by sending her daughter to live with her husband and his new wife. In the early 1890s, Gilman began publishing poems and stories, including "The Yellow Wallpaper" in 1892, and became a lecturer on labor, feminism, reform, and suffrage. In 1898, she published Women and Economics, a call for financial independence for women. In 1900 she married her cousin, George H. Gilman, and the couple moved to New York City. From 1909 to 1916 she wrote, edited, and published the monthly magazine The Forerunner, in which she published most of her work from then on, including What Diantha Did (1910), The Man-Made World (1911), Moving the Mountain (1911), and both Herland and With Her in Ourland. With Jane Addams she founded the Woman's Peace Party in 1915. After treatments for cancer failed, she took her own life in 1935. Alfred Bendixen is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literature Association. He joined the Princeton University faculty in 2014. He edited The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009),with Judith Hamera; the Blackwell volumes, A Companion to the American Short Story (2010), with James Nagel, and A Companion to the American Novel (2012); The Cambridge History of American Poetry, with Stephen Burt (2015); and most recently The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture (Routledge: 2017), with Olivia Carr Edenfield. |