The great-niece of American author and abolitionist advocate Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Anna Perkins [Gilman] was born in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. Despite the affluence of her famous ancestors, Gilman was born into poverty. Her father abandoned the family when Gilman was a small child, and her mother, nearly destitute, was forced to move with Charlotte and her brother nineteen times in eighteen years. They eventually settled in Providence, Rhode Island. As a result, Gilman received just four years of formal education. Nevertheless, she eked out a small living in her late teens by teaching drawing and painting and by designing artistically innovative advertising cards for the Kendall Manufacturing Company in Providence. She …
Knight, Denise. "Charlotte Perkins Gilman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001; last revised 30 November -1.
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