First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper is
written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of
marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country-rest cure. Though she longs
to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete
passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a
reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper—a
pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment.
Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, The
Yellow Wallpaper stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity
with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity but also for the power
of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women. Download and start listening now!