Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Author) was born in Hartford, CT in 1860. Throughout her life she made much of her living lecturing on women’s issues and social reform. She was a prolific poet, though is probably best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper, which came out in the New England Magazine about 1891. The work was inspired by her own experience with postpartum depression in 1885, and subsequent treatment with “the rest cure”, which brought her very “near the borderline of utter mental ruin”. Other notable works include Women and Economics, The Home: Its Work and Influence, Herland, and her autobiography The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She died in Pasadena, CA in 1935 from an intentional overdose of chloroform.