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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140434743
ISBN10: 0140434747
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"I no longer love my husband – I HATE him! The word stares at me in the face like a guilty confession"

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behaviour becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of the disastrous marriage she has left behind emerge. Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful depiction of a woman’s struggle for domestic independence and creative freedom.

In her introduction Steve Davies discusses The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as feminist testament, inspired by Anne Brontë’s experiences as a governess and by the death of her brother Branwell Brontë, and examines the novel’s language, biblical references and narrative styles.

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The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall is a strong-minded woman who keeps her own counsel. Helen 'Graham' - exiled with her child to the desolate moorland mansion, adopting an assumed name and earning her living as a painter - has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Narrated by her neighbour Gilbert Markham, and in the pages of her own diary, the novel portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when the law and society defined a married woman as her husband's property.

About the Author

Anne Brontë, who was born in 1820, was brought up in the Yorkshire village of Haworth where her father was curate. She was educated at home and, as a child, she invented with her sister Emily the imaginary world of Gondal, for which she wrote copious chronicles and poems. She held two positions as governess, with the Inghams at Blake Hall and, from 1840-45, with the Robinson family at Thorp Green. As a religious lyric poet, Anne Brontë’s hymns and lyrics rank with those of Cowper. Her first novel Agnes Grey (1847), published under the pseudonym Acton Bell, is in the tradition of fictional spiritual autobiography, written with conciseness, integrity and irony. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) is a powerful feminist testament, attacking the marriage laws, double standards of sexual morality and the education of men and women. Anne Brontë died at Scarborough in 1849. She was the youngest of the Brontë sisters, whose extraordinary gifts are only now receiving just appraisal.

Stevie Davies is a novelist, critic, and historian. She is director of creative writing at the University of Wales at Swansea.

Stevie Davies is a novelist, critic, and historian. She is director of creative writing at the University of Wales at Swansea.

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achmardi, August 20, 2006 (view all comments by achmardi)
Considered one of the first feminist novels, this book is often overlooked as a love story as important as Emily or Charlotte's contributions to English literature. At first, the main character is very mysterious to both the reader and the other characters, until the narrative switches over to her own diary and explains why she hadn't the choice but to remain a mystery. Beautifully written and an almost modern plot, this book should be as required reading as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140434743
Editor:
Davies, Steve
Editor:
Davies, Stevie
Editor:
Davies, Steve
Author:
Anne
Author:
Gerin, Winifred
Author:
Bronte, Anne
Author:
Bront
Author:
Bronta, Anne
Author:
Hargreaves, G. D.
Author:
Davies, Stevie
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
Alcoholism
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Landlord and tenant
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Alcoholism -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
7.80x5.20x1.02 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall is a strong-minded woman who keeps her own counsel. Helen 'Graham' - exiled with her child to the desolate moorland mansion, adopting an assumed name and earning her living as a painter - has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Narrated by her neighbour Gilbert Markham, and in the pages of her own diary, the novel portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when the law and society defined a married woman as her husband's property.

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