12. “All the Happy Endings”

Marriage, Insanity, and Suicide

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch12

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) “All the Happy Endings”, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • “All the Happy Endings,” marriage, insanity and suicide;
  • serious woman's fiction, and “New Woman's Fiction”;
  • Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons;
  • radical compromise, and the female bildungsroman;
  • landmark edition of The Morgesons;
  • Gilman, and escaping the domestic prison;
  • Gilman, being more important for social history;
  • gothic realism and “The Yellow Wallpaper”;
  • escape of the creeping woman, the condition of women;
  • Kate Chopin and the new woman, “To Love and Be Wise”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Radical Compromise and the Female Bildungsroman: Stoddard's The Morgesons

  • Escaping the Domestic Prison? Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • “To Love and Be Wise”: Kate Chopin and the New Woman

  • Escaping the Self? The Awakening as Self-Consuming Feminism

  • Edna among the Creoles: Creating “Dense Social Milieu”

  • Freedom, Independence, or Illusion?