The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Anne Brontë, Introduction and notes by Peter Merchant, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853264881
  • ISBN 13: 9781853264887
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 15,073

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious 'tenant' of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father's influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her. On its first publication in 1848, Anne Bront?s second novel was criticised for being 'coarse' and 'brutal'. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall challenges the social conventions of the early nineteenth century in a strong defence of women's rights in the face of psychological abuse from their husbands. Anne Bront?'s style is bold, naturalistic and passionate, and this novel, which her sister Charlotte considered 'an entire mistake', has earned her a position in English Literature in her own right.

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With an Introduction and Notes by Peter Merchant, Christchurch University College.