The Tenant of Wildfell Hallby Anne Bronte, Herbert Rosengarten, Margaret Smith
Pub. Date: 12/28/1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Anne, like her sisters Emily and Charlotte, published under a male pseudonym, Acton Bell, yet still this novel was scorned by many for its exposure of the abusive male chauvinism concealed, like all things sexual, during the Victorian Era. Just as she had to use a male pseudonym in order to be free to publish, as women authors were not yet deemed acceptable or… See more details below
Anne, like her sisters Emily and Charlotte, published under a male pseudonym, Acton Bell, yet still this novel was scorned by many for its exposure of the abusive male chauvinism concealed, like all things sexual, during the Victorian Era. Just as she had to use a male pseudonym in order to be free to publish, as women authors were not yet deemed acceptable or bankable, Helen Graham, the novel's protagonist and a battered wife, assumes an alias in order to gain freedom from her suffering and take up residence in Wildfell Hall, "the wildest and the loftiest eminence in our neighborhood," according to the tale's narrator. Like her sisters, Anne employs the atmosphere of the bleak Yorkshire moors and the presence of an old mansion to set the stage for a tragedy that reveals the secret violence in a society considered well-mannered, echoing the rough, cold, rugged gloom of the fictional Wildfell Hall and her family's own remote parsonage; narrating a story that Brontë scholar Margeret Lane remarked, "is so close to one of the tragedies in the sisters' own lives, that no perceptive reader can be indifferent to it."
- Oxford University Press, USA
- Publication date:
- Clarendon Edition of the Novels of the Brontes Series
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- 5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.46(d)
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Anne Brontë: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Appendix A: Writings by the Brontës
Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews
Appendix C: Women's Education
1. Mary Wollstonecraft, Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
2. Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
3. Hannah More, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799)
4. Sarah Lewis, Women's Mission (1839)
5. John Cowie, "Noble Sentiments on the Influence of Women" (1847)
Appendix D: Wives
1. Hannah More, from Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1808)
2. Caroline Norton, "A Letter to the Queen" 1855
Appendix E: Childrearing
Appendix F: Temperance
1. Joseph Entwistle, "On Drinking Spirits" (1804)
2. J.P. Parker, Lecture on Temperance and Slavery (1847)
3. Unsigned, "Temperance and Teetotal Societies" (1853)
Appendix G: Women and Art
1. Unsigned, "Let Us Join the Ladies," Punch (1857)
2. Ellen C. Clayton, English Female Artists (1876)
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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.
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.
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!
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!!!