The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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'he looked up wistfully in my face, and gravely asked - "Mamma, why are you so wicked?"'The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall has a dark secret. But as the captivated Gilbert Markham will discover, it is not the story circulating among local gossips. Living under an assumed name, 'Helen Graham' is the estranged wife of a dissolute rake, desperate to protect her son from his destructive influence. Her diary entriesreveal the shocking world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. Combining a sensational story of a man's physical and moral decline through alcohol, a study of marital breakdown, a disquisition on the careand upbringing of children, and a hard-hitting critique of the position of women in Victorian society, this passionate tale of betrayal is set within a stern moral framework tempered by Anne Bront#65533;'s optimistic belief in universal redemption. Drawing on her first-hand experiences with her brother Branwell, Bront#65533;'s novel scandalized contemporary readers. It still retains its power to shock.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780199207558
9780192834621
0192834622
9780140434743
0140434747
Characteristics: xxxiv, 535 p. --
Additional Contributors: Davies, Stevie

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dragonsnakes Mar 09, 2011

Another eternal favourite of mine by the Brontes.


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Though probably the least memorable of the Brontë novels I've read thus far, The Tenant... stands on equal ground with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This was the most realistic of the three, and certainly controversial for the time. It was a very bold novel, and for this reason alone it carries as much weight, if not more, as her sisters' more fanciful works.

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macierules
Nov 11, 2014

Bold story in its time. Great read.

goatscabin Apr 20, 2012

The structure of this story told through letters and diaries is an engaging and, I expect, a fairly unconventional method in 1848. Despite the language and mores of 150 years ago, the story is as chillingly relevent today in it's portrayal of the manipulation and mind control exerted by an abusive husband over an intelligent woman.

mayfairlady Aug 16, 2011

Glorious gothic!

dragonsnakes Mar 09, 2011

Another eternal favourite of mine by the Brontes.

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