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The Yellow Wall Paper
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company. 1899. First. First edition. Small octavo. pp. [6] 1-55 [56-58 (blank)]. Bound in original decorated paper-covered boards printed in dark orange and black, top edge stained red. Rubbing to the spine and joints, moderate wear to the boards at the corner tips, near fine. Signed by Gilman on the front free endpaper: "With regards of the author Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Being a warning to those who have the care of neurasthenics." Neurasthenia was the then current term for a nervous condition that today would most closely resemble Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Gilman's classic short story of psychological terror, of a discontented wife and mother who weaves a fantasy of repressed creative longing and sexuality out of the wall paper in her room. First published in the New England Magazine (January, 1892), this story of a woman's mental breakdown trapped in traditional marriage roles was inspired by Gilman's own life experience: it is "one of the most reprinted of all psychological horror stories ... This feminist horror tale is Gilman's only work in the genre, but it is enough to ensure her an important place in its history." (Sullivan, p. 171). A well-preserved copy of Gilman's feminist masterwork, one of the high points of American feminist literature, with a significant Inscription by Gilman foreshadowing its theme. The only Signed copy of the book that we've seen in the marketplace. Wright 2177; Sullivan, Jack. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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