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The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper (Virago modern classics), Charlotte Perkins Gilman, book reviewHave you ever noticed that some of the shortest books are also the saddest? It’s almost as if we need multiple words to express joy and barely a few to plunge the depths of human misery. Such is the case in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s tiny book The Yellow Wallpaper which was published in 1892. It’s also hard to imagine that in modern times anyone would be able to get a story of just 28 pages published, unless it were one of the shorter contributions to a book of short stories. The Yellow Wallpaper despite its brevity is hailed as a ‘Literary Masterpiece’ – at least that’s what it says on the cover of my Virago Modern Classics edition in its 2002 reprint.

The Yellow Wallpaper took me a very short time to read – half a bath to be precise. The other half polished off the ‘Afterword’, an essay about the book which is longer than the tale itself.


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