To Herland and Beyond: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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University Press of Virginia, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 413 pages
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To "Herland" and Beyond is Ann J. Lane's perceptive biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of America's most important fin-de-siecle feminists. Drawing from an abundance of diaries, letters, essays, and two autobiographies- one published and one unpublished- Lane contends that her subject's inner life can be traced through the major relationships that gave form to her personality. Accordingly, instead of being a straightforward chronology of Gilman's life, the book is divided into chapters reflecting her relationships with her parents, closest female friends, two husbands, her neurologist, and finally her daughter. Of particular significance and interest ar ethe author's analysis of the intellectual legacy of Gilman's writings and an engaging meditation on Lane's own role as biographer that manifests her affection for her subject.

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User Review  - Layne - Goodreads

Useful, but not the most gripping or the most insightful biography ever. Probably a good place to start to learn about Gilman, but I have read more interesting articles about her life and especially about her work. Read full review

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