Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, August 22, 1885
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 (Author)Lane, Martha Luther, 1862-1948 (Addressee)
Gilman addresses her depression and the importance of being able to work, that is, to write. "...I believe myself able to write things worthy the world should hear. Time will show whether that be true or not...I am glad marriage is to you all you tell me...But it is not to me. I am glad you love me. I am glad my husband loves me. But no amount of love can keep me happy while I am hindered from my work." Page 4: "When Dr. Knight spoke...about my present duties ... I admitted all that he said and simply asked him if he would like to give up his business, his education, his ambition, etc. and do the same thing? Being an honest man he laughed and said no. Being a reasonable being (!) he did not say that as I was a woman the case was different ..." Gilman closes by saying that she believes she will get better, but that it will be a slow process.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers
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Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, August 22, 1885, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, D.513, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
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