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Wonderfully sardonic and slyly humorous, the writings of landmark American feminist and socialist thinker Charlotte Perkins Gilman were penned in response to her frustrations with the gender-based double standard that prevailed in America as the twentieth century began. Perhaps best known for her chilling depiction of a woman's mental breakdown in her unforgettable 1892 short story 'The Yellow Wall-Paper', Gilman also wrote Herland, a wry novel that imagines a peaceful, progressive country from which men have been absent for 2,000 years. Both are included in this volume, along with a selection of Gilman's major short stories and her poems.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-Ż1935), born in Hartford, Connecticut, was a great-Żniece of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Among the 200 short stories and books she wrote during her lifetime are The Man-Made World, Human Work, and a major text of the women-'s movement, Women and Economics.
Denise D. Knight is a professor of English at the State University of New York at Cortland and the author of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction.