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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a prolific early twentieth-century American writer and feminist social critic, published satirical poems and nationalist verse, newspaper articles, short stories, serialized novels, and a vast amount of non-fiction. She was unapologetically didactic, and advocated for women's liberation from domestic service in order to better society. Her writing, and in particular her short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper", became a touchstone for second-wave feminism in the United States.
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3 July 1860 Charlotte Anna Perkins (later Gilman) was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 January 1884 Charlotte Perkins Stetson (later CPG) first reached print, when her poem titled "In Duty Bound" appeared in the Woman's Journal. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1892 "The Yellow Wall-Paper", a story by Charlotte Stetson (the future CPG) appeared in the New England Magazine, after being rejected as too distressing by the Atlantic Monthly. Bibliographic Citation link.
January - December 1915 CPG's now well-known tale of a feminist utopia, Herland, appeared serially in her own journal, the Forerunner. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 August 1935 CPG, who was suffering from advanced breast cancer, committed suicide with chloroform. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1935 CPG's The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography was published two months after the author's death. Bibliographic Citation link.
1973 CPG's short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" was re-issued by The Feminist Press. It has ever since been a popular text for courses and anthologies in both American literature and women's studies. Bibliographic Citation link.
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