Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was born in New England, a
descendant of the prominent and influential Beecher family. In 1884
she married Charles Water Stetson. After giving birth, Charlotte
sank into a deep depression. She entered a sanitarium in
Philadelphia to undergo the 'rest cure', a controversial treatment,
which forbade any type of physical activity or intellectual
stimulation. 1892, she published the now-famous story 'The Yellow
Wall-Paper'. In 1898, her most famous nonfiction book, Women and
Economics, was published. With its publication, and subsequent
translation into seven languages, Gilman earned international
acclaim. In 1900, she married her first cousin, George Houghton
Gilman. Over the next thirty-five years, she wrote and published
hundreds of stories and poems and more than a dozen books.
Denise D. Knight is a professor of English at the State University of New York at Courtland, where she specializes in nineteenth-century American Literature. She is author of Charlotte Perkins Gilman- A Study of the Short Fiction and editor of The Later Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Diaries of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Abridged Diaries of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wall-Paper" and Selected Stories of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers- A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. She is also the author of numerous articles, essays, and reviews on nineteenth-century American writers.