Herland and the Yellow Wallpaper

Author(s): Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Feminism & Womens Studies

The groundbreaking 1915 utopian feminist novel by the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is wonderfully witty, insightful, and addresses issues still relevant today "But they look--why, this is a CIVILIZED country!" I protested. "There must be men." When three friends, Vandyck Jennings (the narrator), Terry Nicholson, and Jeff Margrave, set off on a scientific expedition to one of the last uncharted parts of the globe, little do they suspect what they will unearth. Hidden up high in the mountains they discover Herland--a country the size of Holland made up exclusively of around three million women--strong, intelligent, confident women. Within their rich land, the inhabitants of Herland have created their perfect society and have been able to eradicate crime, poverty, disease, and war. Forced to face their prejudices and beliefs, the three men each come to their own conclusions as they are kept in gentle captivity. But the end of the tale will bring very different destinies to all three men--and Herland risks being changed forever.


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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...

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781784870522
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage Classic
  • : 0.17
  • : March 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 240
  • : 800
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Charlotte Perkins Gilman