The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Librarian note Alternate cover editions for ISBN are Woman in white dress with the title on white and black background Woman at the easel on a black and blue background and

  • Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Author: Anne Brontë Peter Merchant
  • ISBN: 9781853264887
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    Librarian note Alternate cover editions for ISBN 0140434747 9780140434743 are Woman in white dress with the title on white and black background , Woman at the easel on a black and blue background, and Furniture, easel and window.Anne Bront s second novel is a passionate and courageous challenge to the conventions supposedly upheld by Victorian society and reflectLibrarian note Alternate cover editions for ISBN 0140434747 9780140434743 are Woman in white dress with the title on white and black background , Woman at the easel on a black and blue background, and Furniture, easel and window.Anne Bront s second novel is a passionate and courageous challenge to the conventions supposedly upheld by Victorian society and reflected in circulating library fiction The heroine, Helen Huntingdon, after a short period of initial happiness, leaves her dissolute husband, and must earn her own living to rescue her son from his influence The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is compelling in its imaginative power, the realism and range of its dialogue, and its psychological insight into the characters involved in a marital battle.

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    1. Amy

      Carol said I must list my all time favorite books. What a challenge this is! I have read everything those Bronte girls wrote, even their childhood poetry and I love all of it. But Anne will take the showing on my list for her bravery. Of course Charlotte was the most prolific and Emily the true brainiac, but Anne has my complete respect for being a true literary pioneer: she was the first woman to write of a wife leaving her abusive husband - and then goes on to lead a happy, successful life! Up [...]

    2. Samadrita

      "Reformed rakes make the best husbands."This is the maxim that governs the universe of historical romance novels. That a puerile assumption regarding dissolute cads turning into paragons of puritanical goodness on being administered the vital dosage of a virgin's 'love' fuels women's fantasies in this day and age depresses me to no end. In a sense, this is the dialectical opposite of Kerouac's On the Road in that it systematically demystifies a contrived notion of masculine 'coolness' - the bast [...]

    3. Henry Avila

      An unknown woman suddenly appears in the dilapidated mansion, Wildfell Hall, abandoned for many years, by the wealthy family, who owned it, as uninhabitable, surrounded by the bleak moorlands, in a remote, quiet village, in the northern English countryside, during the early part of the 19th century, no one knew she was coming, the locals are very curious, who is she ? What is she doing, calling herself Mrs.Graham, a widow, with a lively five- year -old boy, Arthur. The villagers distrust outside [...]

    4. TheSkepticalReader

      [4.5 stars]Move over, Charlotte. Make room for my new favorite Brontë!It is inevitable for me to compare Anne Brontë with her sisters, and Helen Graham with Jane Eyre particularly, but I shall momentarily do so anyway. Some said this was better than any Brontë novel published, some claimed it deeply overhyped. After reading this, I shall have to agree with the former claim as I thought this book surpassed, to quite an extent, the love I had for Jane Eyre.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall shook me f [...]

    5. Samantha

      With this book Anne has now become my favorite Brontè! Amazing story! Not only is the writing phenomenal but the issues she addresses were truly progressive for the time: feminism, alcoholism, abuse, etc A must read!

    6. Sherwood Smith

      I suspect that many readers today have no idea that these three vicarage-raised spinsters took the English publishing world by storm in the mid-eighteen hundreds. Thundering from reviews were words like coarse, shocking, immoral, depraved . . . and those reviewers thought the authors Acton, Ellis, and Currer Bell were men!Tenant hit the shelves with the biggest splash, requiring a second edition, at the front of which Anne added an impassioned forward aimed at critics. She maintains that she is [...]

    7. Sarah

      Poor Helen. Poor Anne. Poor bookAnne is just as much a Brontë as her sisters! Her voice, in many ways, completes the harmony and picks up where the two of them leave off. True, there are no fires, ghosts, or windswept moors. But, as one critic noted, "The slamming of Helen's bedroom door against her husband reverberated throughout Victorian England."I struggle with Victorian literature, because I don't have a clear sense of context. It's difficult for me to separate the author from her time. Th [...]

    8. Piyangie

      The Tenant of the Wildfell Hall is the second novel and my only read of Anne Bronte. The first thought that came to mind while reading was that why it took me this long to discover her? I was familiar with her more famous sisters Charlotte and Emily but did not know her existence till a recent time!Anne's writing is however far different to that of her sisters, for her approach is more direct. There is no poetic language, no implied romanticism and less flowery phrases, which is the signature ap [...]

    9. MJ Nicholls

      The second novel Anne wrote before she caught pulmonary tuberculosis shortly after her 29th birthday. Certainly not something on those 100 Things To Do Before You’re 30 Lists. 1) Paragliding. 2) Kayaking. 3) Catch pulmonary TB and die. See? Good. The problem with those lists is they presuppose readers like the outdoors and have a private income of some three zillion units. Far better the lists have simpler aims for us mortals: 1) Eat a probiotic yoghurt. 2) Bumslide down a banister. 3) Help dr [...]

    10. Fiona

      The question "Jane Eyre or Catherine Earnshaw[/Linton/whatever]?" has always annoyed me. I couldn't stand Wuthering Heights, accomplished though it was, and I think lots of people tend to assume I must be something of a Jane Eyre devotee: I'm not. I'm really not.The next time someone asks me which I prefer, I shall tell them: Helen Huntingdon. Emphatically, enthusiastically, and with the fire of a thousand suns. Helen Huntingdon don't need no man. She's had enough of your friendzoning bullshit. [...]

    11. K.D. Absolutely

      The tenant that is being referred to in the title of this book, The Tenant of the Wildfell Hall is not actually a tenant. She owns the place being the child of the owner. She is born there and only comes back because she is running away from her alcoholic husband. The husband is slowly introducing alcohol to their 5-y/o child and so she bangs the door to her husband’s face, runs away to her former home, the estate called Wildfell under a fictitious name. The act of a married woman running away [...]

    12. Margaret

      Anne Bronte's second novel is often overshadowed by her sisters' more famous novels, Charlotte's Jane Eyre (and three others) and Emily's Wuthering Heights, but it is equally worth reading. It tells the story of Helen Huntingdon, a mysterious woman who comes to live at Wildfell Hall with her child and one servant, and Gilbert Markham, the young man who is powerfully drawn to her and eventually learns her secret: that she left her dissolute, drunken husband in order to shield their son from his i [...]

    13. Jess

      (Find the full sized image here.)Before we discovered Anne Brontë, some of us fancied Heathcliff. We wanted to fix him, tame him, soothe his tortured soul. Or maybe if you preferred the more mature and experienced man, you craved Mr Rochester. Perhaps you were even hanging out of your bedroom window on stormy nights, convinced that someone somewhere was calling to you.Not any more. It's time to ditch those Byronic heroes, people. No more "mad, bad and dangerous to know", only sober and honest m [...]

    14. Nicole~

      The Not-So Merry Widow of Wildfell HallAnne Brontë explores themes of alcohol abuse and the cruelty it wages on marriage and family; of a mother's ardent protection of her child; implicitly, of women's patterns of silence, alienation from society and forced isolation: in a surprisingly explicit story for its time, yet modern and relevant even today in its concealment of the truth, and the inadvertent practice by women of remaining voiceless in their plight.Slander, disrepute and condemnation of [...]

    15. Aubrey

      4.9/5I'm currently pulling this and Jane Eyre apart for an essay on the Coming of Age of the Abject Woman. Naturally, Victorian lit of the het cis sane (main character only, which means no Bertha Mason) and white variety is rather slim pickings for such a topic, but I may as well start in a place that will be useful for grad school and, for all my commitments to works beyond the pale, still manages to impress. There's also the matter that with these works, unlike Beloved and Almanac of the Dead, [...]

    16. Helene Jeppesen

      This was a beautiful love story with one of the most interesting narrative styles I've ever encountered. Without saying too much, the narration of this story shifts, and the overall style is not your typical narration style of a novel. Does this make sense? :P I hope not, because I want for you to read this book and see for yourself what I'm talking about (also I'm really tired when writing this, so bear with me). Anne Brontë has a way of creating very complicated and also mean characters, and [...]

    17. Tatiana

      Funny how things change. I used to love this book. I pretty much can't stand it now. 3 stars (it was 5 before today) is just an obligatory i-appreciate-but-not-really-care-for-it rating. Anne Brontë and I would have never been friends, because it's hard to be a friend with someone so damn righteous and unbendable. Sure, Helen Graham and Agnes Grey are fictional characters, but is there a doubt they are reflections of the author? Not in my mind.Granted, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a huge impr [...]

    18. Whitaker

      I felt, reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, as if I was watching a black-and-white silent movie. There was the same sense of expressions and gestures exaggerated, made larger than life. Emotions were felt ten-fold. Characters are never just sad, they must be sullenly despondent; they are never just in love, but passionate, painfully so:She turned from me to hide the emotion she could not quite control; but I took her hand and fervently kissed it. 'Gilbert, do leave me!' she cried, in a tone of [...]

    19. Bethany

      I can't believe that this book isn't more widely read, I mean Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are usually mentioned when discussing classic works of fiction by women- yet this is relatively ignored. I honestly didn't know of this books existence before I went to the library and saw it on the shelf. I didn't know Anne had written anything other than poems. I often feel that Anne is in Emily and Charlotte's shadow but this piece of work is truly inspiring - perhaps more so at [...]

    20. Merna

      In it's first publication 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' was described as being 'course' and 'disgusting.' I I can well imagine the impact that it had on prudish Victorians. However, it's very tame by today's standards and the shock element at all the debauchery portrayed in the novel is missing. A modern reader would just be like: 'Meh I've read worse.'Nevertheless, the message of this novel remains as firm as ever: don't marry a scumbag with the expectation that you can one day reform them thro [...]

    21. Helle

      I finally read this novel by Anne Brontë, having read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by her more famous sisters years ago. Coming away from this book, I conclude that her lesser fame is very much undeserved. This was a good book, well-written, highly controversial at the time, and the fact that she wrote this and Agnes Grey (which I have yet to read) before she died at the age of 29 tells us something about her potential and talent as a writer.Having visited the parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire [...]

    22. C.A.

      Anne Bronte is severely, severely underrated. This book is fascinating. It's a work of quiet rebellion; the rebellion of Helen and of Anne herself, who is working to subvert some of the Romantic conventions. My edition had a great introduction that posited Helen as a Byronic hero. Admittedly I'm stuck on books that create the female artist (I actually think this has a lot in common with Emily's Quest-- the heroine coded with some male virtues of independence and mystery, the threat of the Heathc [...]

    23. Rebecca Foster

      I moved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall up my to-read pile because it’s on the “Ten Best Novels for Thirtysomethings” list in The Novel Cure. I imagine Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin included it because the main plot and some subplots revolve around the unsuitable relationships people often find themselves trapped in: perhaps after the passion and idealism of one’s twenties, one’s thirties are more likely to be blighted by regret as the consequences of poor choices come to light.I imagin [...]

    24. Ian

      April 1982 - Now here's a book everyone should check out if they are into the classics. This is the best from the under-acknowledged of the 3 sisters. Top reading for a dreamy Sunday afternoon in Winter in front of the fire.September 2017 - Ok after some 35 years I am providing a second opinion. This book has surpassed my expectations and I declare this book equal to Anne's Sisters works if not better in so many ways. I shall not spoil the plot but suffice to say that the storyline keeps one goi [...]

    25. Vivian

      A gothic Austen.It has been many years since I had read this and my rating remains unchanged at three stars because while there are parts I enjoyed a great deal and some lovely insights into women's lives there is a tremendous amount of liturgy and forbearance espoused, which I find to be quite chaffing. So, in the end this reads much more like a parable than a romance.The story is one long letter written by Gilbert Markham. As an epistolary it is quite easy to forget as Markham employs two view [...]

    26. Joseph

      The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of the books that had me banging my head as to why I have waited this long to find it. The Bronte sisters were on my neglected read list for 2013 so I started with the sister I didn't know, Anne. I liked Agnes Grey so I jumped into this book immediately after finishing Agnes Grey. Gilbert Markham is the story teller or more correctly the letter writer as the novel is the letter Gilbert is writing. Anne Bronte assumes the identity of Gilbert writing as a male fo [...]

    27. Vanessa

      4.5 stars. It's been a while since I've read a proper classic, so I was a little out of practice. It was also my first time reading a classic on my Kindle, so a lot of headaches ensued. Whether that was because of the Kindle reading or because of the content of the book, I'm still unsure. All I know is it was worth the brain pain.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a fantastic feminist work to begin with. Anne Brontë dared to write brutally honestly about an abusive relationship, and on top of that, [...]

    28. Viv JM

      3.5 starsThere were several things I liked about this book. I enjoyed the first section, narrated by Gilbert, that was a bit of a comedy of manners with some humorous touches. I enjoyed the feminist slant, with Helen being a strong character whose actions and words and views on a woman's place were way ahead of her time. I admired the fact that Anne Bronte tackled some strong taboos of her era including alcohol abuse, adultery and the general debauchery of some of the nobility. I am fascinated b [...]

    29. Alun Williams

      I avoided reading any books by the Brontë sisters for many years, after failing to finish Villette, and then being put off further by Charlotte Brontë's well-known remarks about Jane Austen. After coming across an old copy of Jane Eyre I decided it was time to give the sisters another chance. I quite enjoyed Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights, which I read next, I liked less. Then I turned to Anne, not expecting much more than a paler version of her sisters' works.Instead I find myself reading one o [...]

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