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Herland and the Yellow Wallpaper
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The centenary edition of Herland, by the author of the classic feminist short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper'What would happen if society was run by women? Charlotte Perkins Gilman imagines the result...

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in 1860 in Connecticut. She was a feminist and journalist and author of a number of fiction and non-fiction works. These include Women and Economics (1898), Concerning Children (1900), The Home- Its Work and Influence (1903) and Herland (1915). She is best remembered for her short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper? which describes the descent of a woman into madness following a 'rest cure?. Unconventional in many ways, Gilman?s life included two marriages and separation from her nine-year-old daughter, whom she sent to live with her ex-husband and his new wife. She was a Suffragette, a public speaker on social issues and the editor of a number of literary magazines during her career. In 1932, Gilman was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer and, as an advocate of euthanasia, she took the decision to commit suicide. She did this on 17 August 1935 by taking an overdose of chloroform.

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"This is a Utopian novel by a feminist set in the Amazon rainforest - and it is funny... Prepare for a feminist lecture, but one that does not lose sight of the need to entertain" * Guardian *
"Prolific, ambitious, and deeply earnest in her desire to make the world more just for women, Gilman's long career as a speaker and writer inspired countless women to work for change. Her status as one of the most important feminist thinkers of the Progressive Era is undeniable" * Feminist Collections *
"It was so radical that more than 50 years passed before society began to catch up with its feminism." * Radio Times *

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