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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (original 1848; edition 2011)

by Anne Brontë

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Title:The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Authors:Anne Brontë
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 394 pages
Collections:Kindle Edition, Classic, Book Club Read
Tags:Fiction, Classics, Alcoholism, Marriage, 19th Century, Book Club Read, Read 2013

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)


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This novel knocked my socks off for it's surprisingly modern feminism and descriptions of survivors of narcissistic alcoholics. Takes the gloss right off of the Jane Austen treatment of people of similar means and moral attitudes. The moral and physical fortitude of Helen is incredible considering the epoch. Despite the fact that she is essentially considered property, she retains her dignity, her wits, her empathy (even for her detestable husband), and her ability to love. Truly, this is a worthy portrait of and guide for survivors of abuse/alcoholism notwithstanding it was written more than 150 years ago. ( )
  libbromus | Oct 6, 2015 |
Tenant of Wildfeld. Anne Bronte. 1920. It seems like I always end up reading several older books like this. Anne is not the writer her sisters are. The book is written in the form of letters from. Gilbert Markham to a friend and the journal of Helen Graham. The small community Gilbert lives in is astir because a mysterious widow has moved into Wildfeld Hall, a neighboring country house that has been deserted for some time. He is immediately attracted to her even though she is distant and reserved. He befriends her small son and gradually Gilbert and Helen acknowledge their growing attraction. However, she still holds back and says they cannot be together Mean while the nosy busybodies in the neighborhood continue to gossip about her. Gilbert sees her with a strange man and immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion. Helen gives him her diary to explain. She has run away from an awful husband. I will say that Huntingdon, Helen’s husband is, among other things, an abusive alcoholic. Shades of the crazy wife in Jane Eyre! It was tedious at times, but there were enough plot twists to make it interesting even though the ending was never in doubt. ( )
  judithrs | Jun 15, 2015 |
No quiero menospreciar a sus maravillosas hermanas , pero es Esta , ésta Bronte , la que tendría que haber triunfado más que ninguna .

¿Tienen ganas de leer un libro feminista?

Prueben con este y maravillense . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Tenía un buen recuerdo de este libro a raíz de mi primer acercamiento a esta historia, a través de la serie de televisión y un primer intento de leer la novela en inglés. Esta vez, sin embargo, no me ha terminado de gustar. A pesar de lo inusual de la historia y lo polémico que resultó en su momento, me parece que es muy conservador. Rezuma religiosidad en cada una de sus páginas, resultando agotador. El final es una explosión de puritanismo, sacrificando la escasa pasión que podíamos encontrar en la historia de amor. Es la primera vez que creo que una adaptación televisiva supera el material original.
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  L0r0 | Mar 22, 2015 |
My first outing in the writing of Anne Bronte, a powerful and thought provoking tale about the injustices women faced in the time period.


When Helen Graham moves into the long abandoned Wildfell Hall, everyone is curious about her story and her past. Intensely secretive, she raises her son in relative seclusion, but there is one in the local area who seeks to know more about Helen, and quickly a friendship between Helen and Gilbert arises. Mrs Graham becomes the speculation of much local gossip, and in order to clear her name in the eyes of Gilbert, she permits him to read her diary, and learn the shocking truth of the life she left behind.


Let me start off by saying Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books. Until recently that was the only book by the Bronte sisters I had read. In a recent women’s writing module at University one of the required texts was Wuthering Heights, which I loved (you can see the review here.) I then decided to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as a result of some comparisons made between the two novels. All three books achieved greatness for different things, but the thing that struck me most was the bravery it must have taken Anne to write such a book in the 19th century, not only highlighting the abusive nature of her marriage, but also chronicling the story of a woman reaching out on her own and raising her son as a single parent.

It’s an astounding book, especially given the overall happy ending - the majority of texts featuring single mothers tended to end in death and despair, but Anne’s protagonist stays strong throughout her hardship, and ultimately gets the life she deserves. Many feminists claim this to be an early example of a feminist text, and I think it did much in showcasing how little freedoms women had, and how little protection they had in abusive relationships.

There are a whole host of characters - much more than that of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and Bronte uses that to expand into many different sub plots as well as exploring different themes and different marriages. She highlights alcohol abuse, unmarried women feeling like a burden on their family and the inability to stand up to your husband in very subtle ways. Much of the text is written through the form of letters and diaries, which puts an interesting perspective on the story.

I feel the Tenant of Wildfell Hall is somewhat overshadowed by the books of her sisters, in fact I had never previously heard of the novel. It is an immensely powerful thought provoking tale and although I felt some chapters were a little long winded for my liking, it is a book that will stay with me for a long time.
  ColeReadsBooks | Jan 27, 2015 |
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"profane expressions, inconceivably coarse language, and revolting scenes and descriptions by which its pages are disfigured"
added by GYKM | editSharpe's London Magazine
"a morbid love for the coarse, not to say the brutal"
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"The reader of Acton Bell gains no enlarged view of mankind, giving a healthy action to his sympathies, but is confined to a narrow space of life, and held down, as it were, by main force, to witness the wolfish side of his nature literally and logically set forth."
added by GYKM | editNorth American Review

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Brontë, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosengarten, HerbertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stephens, IanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, Mrs. HumphryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A woman recounts her difficult marriage to an alcoholic and her battles with society's double standards when she leaves him, taking her son with her.
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"I no longer love my husband – I HATE him! The word stares at me in the face like a guilty confession"

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behaviour becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of the disastrous marriage she has left behind emerge. Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful depiction of a woman’s struggle for domestic independence and creative freedom.

In her introduction Steve Davies discusses The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as feminist testament, inspired by Anne Brontë’s experiences as a governess and by the death of her brother Branwell Brontë, and examines the novel’s language, biblical references and narrative styles.

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The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall is a strong-minded woman who keeps her own counsel. Helen 'Graham' - exiled with her child to the desolate moorland mansion, adopting an assumed name and earning her living as a painter - has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Narrated by her neighbour Gilbert Markham, and in the pages of her own diary, the novel portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when the law and society defined a married woman as her husband's property.… (more)

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