A Mystery

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Catherine J. Golden (Editor)

Feminist Press, Paperback, 9781558611856, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1998

Written in the late 1920s and never before published, this mystery by the author of such early feminist classics as "The Yellow Wall-Paper" is a major literary find. Gilman's first and only detective novel recounts the murder of a pernicious attorney who has been shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, strangled and poisoned. The husband-and-wife detective team present a model of true partnership, while the unfolding details of the case offer poignant evidence of the injustice that poor and powerless women can suffer at the hands of a brutal man. Gilman weaves her case for women's freedom and empowerment into a mystery rich in twists and turns, colorful characters, red herrings, suspense and wry humor.

About the Author
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was the author of novels, short sto ries, poems, and works of nonfiction. She is best known for The Yellow Wall-Paper (1892), Women and Economics (1898), and the novel Herland (1 915). Her novel The Crux (1910) is also published by Duke University Press. Charlotte J. Rich is Associate Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. She is editor of The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Newsletter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Hartford, 3 luglio 1860 - 17 agosto 1935) e stata una sociologa, scrittrice, poeta e saggista statunitense. Fu una femminista utopista, in un periodo storico in cui le sue conquiste ebbero un peso eccezionale per tutte le donne, e divenne un modello per le generazioni future di femministe a causa dei suoi concetti e del suo stile di vita non ortodossi. La sua opera oggi piu nota e il suo romanzo breve semiautobiografico La tappezzeria gialla, da lei scritto dopo un grave attacco di psicosi post-partum.

Catherine J. Golden, professor of English at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, is the editor or coeditor of four books, most recently The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Text, Image, and Culture, 1770-1930.