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Title:
The tenant of Wildfell Hall
ISBN:
9781420958812
Physical Description:
349 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell.
Summary:
A nineteenth century novel depicts the unhappy marriage of Helen Graham and her drunken husband, realistically portraying the devastating impact of alcholism.
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Summary

Originally published in 1848, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is the second and final novel written by Anne Bronte. Considered one of the first feminist novels, it was both instantly successful and highly controversial. The story follows the relationship between Gilbert Markham, a prosperous farmer, and the mysterious widow Mrs. Helen Graham, who takes up residence with only her son and a servant in the nearby tumbledown mansion of Wildfell Hall. Told in a series of letters, Gilbert describes how he falls in love with the elusive Helen and learns of her tragic past. The victim of small town gossip, Helen finally tells Gilbert how she has left her aristocratic and alcoholic husband in order to save her young son from his influence. The novel was far more realistic in both tone and subject matter than other popular novels of its time and boldly challenged the accepted treatment of women in Victorian England. While Bronte rejected the romantic style popular at that time and frankly addressed the obstacles and prejudices faced by women, Helen and Gilbert's story is essentially one of love and hope. A classic of the Victorian era as well as a feminist tale far ahead of its time, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is a must read for fans of the Bronte sisters. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes an introduction by Mary Augusta Ward.


Author Notes

Anne Bronte was the daughter of an impoverished clergyman of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. Considered by many critics as the least talented of the Bronte sisters, Anne wrote two novels. Agnes Grey (1847) is the story of a governess, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is a tale of the evils of drink and profligacy. Her acquaintance with the sin and wickedness shown in her novels was so astounding that Charlotte Bronte saw fit to explain in a preface that the source of her sister's knowledge of evil was their brother Branwell's dissolute ways. A habitue of drink and drugs, he finally became an addict.

Anne Bronte's other notable work is her Complete Poems.

Anne Bronte died in 1849.

(Bowker Author Biography)