Our second episode is live, with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” A classic psychological terror about Victorian modes of dealing with perceived feminine emotions! Listen here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1385083/5698684-the-yellow-wallpaper.mp3?blob_id=23380966&download=true
Perkins Gilman’s most famous story was actually a semi-autobiographical horror about her postpartum depression. As a child, her father abandoned her family and she was raised by her aunts alongside her mother. One aunt was a suffragist and the other was the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This beginning likely led the path to her becoming a firm fixture as a Utopian Feminist.
It’s believed she had romantic relationships with women both as a young woman and adulthood. She was married to two men during her life, divorcing the first one. She also carried on a domestic partnership with one woman and raised her daughter with close female friends for a time.
After a successful writing career and leaving her mark on early Feminist movements, she eventually ended her life, choosing to die via chloroform rather than cancer, at the age of 75.