The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [NOOK Book]

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"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is the second and final novel by English author Anne Bront?, published in 1848. It is framed as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events leading to his meeting his wife.

Compared to her earlier novel, "Agnes Grey", "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" was a success.

"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" challenged the prevailing morals of the Victorian era.It is considered to be one of the...
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Overview

"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is the second and final novel by English author Anne Brontë, published in 1848. It is framed as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events leading to his meeting his wife.

Compared to her earlier novel, "Agnes Grey", "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" was a success.

"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" challenged the prevailing morals of the Victorian era.It is considered to be one of the first feminist novels. The main character, Helen, is spirited and forthright, unafraid to speak to the men in her life with frankness. Anne Brontë portrays this as desirable, compared to the meekness of Milicent, who is trampled and ignored by her unrepentant husband.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013046009
  • Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    A touching story...

    I am a great lover of Victorian Classics, especially decent novels depicting the importance of love in relationships. This novel by Anne Bronte, I should say is the most touching story I have ever read.. Eventhough the plot is of the early 19th century, the heroine's character cannot be confined to that era. She can be anyone, even a 21st century woman. Being very independent myself, I could identify with her. In some ways, I realized that my nature is very much similar to that of Helen Huntingdon's (the negative traits in her). May be that's the reason why I am drawn to this book and it's leading lady. Mind you, I am not a feminist. This is a book, I think, women (especially younger ones) should read and learn from. The moral strength, sense of responsibility and learning from mistakes... these are top three positive aspects of Helen's character. I realized as I progressed through the book that I need to develop them myself to be a better and strong person. I can assuredly say that Helen Huntingdon is my most favorite heroine of all times. Anne Bronte's portrayal of the character of a strong woman with deep moral conviction who emerges out a winner in life establishes her as a writer with deep sensitivity.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Anne Bronte's Best Novel

    This book is the best Bronte book written. Anne is even better than Charlotte and Emily. The story is amazingly advanced for its time in terms of her criticism of the hypocrisy and misogyny of her society. I could not put this book down!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    A Secret That Should Not Be

    It is unfortunate that Anne Bronte has been slighted for her sisters, Emily and Charlotte. Her novel is written with incredible depth and complexity. Helen Graham, the protagonist, is nothing like her archeptypal Vicorian peers. Bronte establishes her to serve as a means of outcry against the rigidity of the Victorian era, as well as a plea for reform. The novel is an expose on taboo subjects, such as infidelity, domestic abuse and alcoholism. Even more startling is her advice to readers: better to never marry than to marry poorly. This was a very revolutionary idea for the era, for no girl could afford to not marry and maintian whatever status she had. Bronte does not oppose the institution of marriage, rather she recognizes the importance of selecting a worthy mate. The novel provokes much thought and is ideal for discussion environments, whether in academia or social.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    Beautiful! A Wonderful and Engrossing story

    This is the story of Helen Graham, a mysterious and fiercely independent woman living in a secluded castle during the 19th Century in Victorian England. Helen, along with her son Arthur, is a recluse, and soon becomes the topic of town gossip. She is befriended by Gilbert Markham, who at first is received very coldly by Helen, but he is persistent and wins her trust. It becomes clear that Gilbert has developed intimate feelings for Helen, and although we can guess that she feels the same for him, she is determined to convince him that this is not a proper match. So she gives Gilbert her diary, which vividly details her abusive marriage to Arthur Huntington, an alcoholic and debaucher. Although this may sound like a depressing topic (which it is), Bronte¿s talent is what makes the book so absorbing and satisfying. She incorporates all the necessary ingredients to sufficiently whet your appetite, (romance, suspense, and a plethora of plot twists and turns) and provides a very satisfying, albeit, surprise ending. This is a book I will read again and again. It is a real treasure. By the way, I was told that the Oxfords Classics edition is the best one to buy. It contains a preface by Ann Bronte and the letter to J. Halford Esq. in the beginning, instead of just starting with Chapter One ('You must go back with me'). These were in Anne's original text, and in my opinion, add quite a bit to the entire work. Highly recommended, especially for book clubs. Cris

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Good book, but not in this version

    The complete text seems to be here, but it's so riddled with typos it's hard to enjoy, or even understand what was trying to be written. All, or nearly all, free versions available via Barnes & Noble seem to have this problem.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

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    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. The themes of this book are, in some ways, more powerful than either Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Helen Huntington has to be one of the most controversial Victorian heroines written of. Her struggles are the one's that most books from this era brush over. This book shows the dark side of life in the nineteenth century, something you will never find in a Jane Austen novel. Everyone should read this!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    Anne was a genius, and her book is a treasure

    I loved this book, and cannot understand why Anne Bronte has been so neglected, pushed back back behind her older sisters. I love most of Charlotte's books as well, but The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is my favorite. It is so well written, and so engrossing, that the closer I came to the end, the slower I read, for fear that it would be over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Anne deserves more credit!

    Having thoroughly read the works of both Charlotte and Emily Bronte; I have to say I don't understand the tendency to shun the works of Anne. Anne's novel shares many characteristics of her exaulted siblings. Anyone who likes the Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights should enjoy this novel as well! I truly hope that Anne begins to regain her rightful place in the literary canon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Outstanding

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anne Bronte has given the reader a view of her life. I watched the BBC Production of this novel on Masterpiece Theatre. Everyone should read the novel and see the movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Anne Bronte's best book!

    This book was an excellent one. Having never attempted to read classic literature, I was caught by this book. The story was written as if Anne Bronte were writing the story about her own life, she demonstrates the hardships women in her time went through. The language is simple and the story not at all difficult to follow. Written to be clever instead of witty, the story comes to life in the diaries of the two main characters. A wonderful book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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