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Title Credits:
  • Introduction by: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Performed by: Claudette Sutherland
  • Music by: Carol Nethen
  • Produced by: Carol Nethen & Brad Hill
  • Directed by: Rick Spencer

The Yellow Wallpaper


In this selection from the Spencer Library of Literary Classics, we present a story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Although known during her own lifetime more for writings of social commentary, history and utopian fiction, Gilman, in 1892 published a work that survives today as her short story masterpiece. Labelled an unnerving ghost story by some, a tale of true psychological horror by others, Gilman’s story is something much more disturbing; it is autobiographical.

Just as Charlotte Perkins Gilman had done, the narrator of this story, against all of the warnings from the men she trusted most, sits at her writing desk, lifts her pen and describes in vivid detail the strange effects of the Yellow Wallpaper.

Audio Length: 57:03
Format: Digital Download

WINNER: AUDIOFILE Earphones Award - Fiction

In 1892 an unnamed woman passes the slow days of summer writing down her innermost thoughts while convalescing. Her observations focus on the strange effects of the peeling, fading, yellow wallpaper in her bedroom. The Spencer Library has created a unique audio experience in this chilling tale with profound psychological and moral implications. Claudette Sutherland gives a remarkable performance. Her subtly expressive voice is so skillfully recorded that her soft intakes of breath have a desperate life of their own. The haunting beauty of Carol Nethen’s original score can momentarily distract, but it supports more than it interferes, a tribute both to the composer and to the excellence of the recording standards. The listener is rewarded with a fully realized dramatic performance with a strong musical presence. C.T. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine.

Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award Fiction


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