Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time! - The Unnamed Woman The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and first published in 1892. It is an important work, illustrating attitudes towards the 19th century women's health, both physical and mental. The story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has rented an old mansion for the summer. Forgoing other rooms in the house, the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, the woman is forbidden from working, and is encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency", a diagnosis common to women in that period.
- short story
- 19th century work