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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Paperback)

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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 w......more

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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 Bronte’s experiences as a governess and by the death of her brother Branwell Bronte, and examines the novel’s language, biblical references and narrative styles.

Anne Bronte, 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 Bronte’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 Bronte died at Scarborough in 1849. She was the youngest of the Bronte 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.

Author:
Bronte, Anne
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Genre:
FICTION / Classics
Audience:
College/higher education
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
535
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
06/01/1996
Copyright Year:
19960601
ISBN:
9780140434743
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.75 lb
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