Literary Movement 1865-1910
Gilman's Early Years
- Born on July 3, 1860, in Hartford, Connecticut
- Had a difficult childhood.
- Her father, Frederick Beecher Perkins (relative to the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe) abandoned the family, leaving Charlotte's mother to raise two children on her own.
- Her education suffered greatly due to her often transient family life.
Marriage and Inspiration
- Married to artist Charles Stetson in 1884 for 10 years
- Had daughter named Katherine.
- Experienced a severe depression and underwent a series of unusual treatments called the "Rest Cure".
- This experience is believed to have inspired her best-known short story "The Yellow Wallpaper"(1892).
- Married for the second time in 1900. She wed her cousin George Gilman, and the two stayed together until his death in 1934.
- The next year she discovered that she had inoperable breast cancer. Committed suicide on August 17, 1935.