Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dies by Suicide


The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of "The Yellow Wallpaper," dies at the age of 75 on August 17th, 1935.


"The Yellow Wallpaper" is an early feminist story commenting on the prevailing attitudes toward the "frailty" of women's minds and their tendency to "hysteria" and "depression. Read this if you're interested in mental illness, American women writers, or have experienced post-partum depression.


Gliman had an unconventional life and an unconventional death at the age of 75. She lived with a cancer diagnosis for three years before she committed suicide by inhaling chloroform. Before she committed her last act, the author penned a suicide note which was published in the newspapers. In it, Gilman said,


"I have preferred chloroform to cancer."

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