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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [Kindle Edition]

Anne Brontė , Humphry Ward
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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"I will always order Lee A. Talley's Broadview edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which I teach nearly every year. The historical and scholarly contexts are beautifully summarized. This is an eminently useful edition. Well done again, Broadview!" (Deborah Denenholz Morse)

"This Broadview Edition is a rich resource, unrivaled in its range of contextual materials. When you read them, you see where Anne Brontë was coming from and why she felt compelled to 'tell the truth' as she saw it. Lee A. Talley's clear, accessible introduction orients readers to issues that teachers will want to consider and that students and general readers will find eye-opening. The footnotes are useful and easy to access. I will always order this edition in the future." (Sue Lonoff)

"Lee A. Talley, in the introduction to her new edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, succinctly argues Anne Brontë's case for wanting to write and publish her disturbing but powerful story, even as she addresses Anne's own status as third sister, explains early publishing confusion (including Charlotte's pervasive influence on Anne's reputation), and evaluates the novel's first reviews. To allow readers their own judgments, Talley includes numerous helpful appendices placing Tenant within the legal, educational, and philosophical contexts of Victorian culture, and as with other Broadview texts, provides an extremely useful sampling of contemporary reviews." (Andrea Westcott)

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"It is particularly gratifying to have a definitive library edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall."--Review of English Studies



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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466430133
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK2FCC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,146 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Powerful & Disturbing Novel! May 12, 2005
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Young Helen Lawrence had just come out into society, and unfortunately two of her beaus, older men who, although settled, of good character and wealthy, didn't meet her romantic standards. I can't say that I blame the talented, attractive young woman. I was not particularly turned-on by either of the men, myself. Middle-aged, stodgy and tiresome, they were not the answer to an eighteen year-old's dreams - even a practical eighteen year-old. A third suitor, Arthur Huntington, handsome, charismatic, and known by some to be "destitute of principle and prone to vice," was obviously smitten by Helen, and she was drawn to him also. Her aunt emphasized that the young woman should, above all, look for character in a potential mate. She advised her niece to seek a man of principle, good sense, respectability and moderate wealth. She warned Helen away from Huntington, calling him a reprobate. Helen agreed that she should marry such a one whose character her aunt would approve of, but also argued that love should play a part in her selection. Meanwhile, Huntington, on his best behavior, continued to woo Helen until she finally accepted his proposal, on the condition of her relatives' approval. Helen knew that Arthur was somewhat deficient in sense, scruples and conduct. However, she also truly believed that with her own strong religious convictions and love, she could and would change him for the good. In spite of numerous examples of her beloved's past lechery and excesses, Helen insisted on the match. And so they married.

Within a few months Helen became much more familiar with her husband's character. He had no hobbies nor interests, as she did. She is a gifted painter, loves to read, enjoys the outdoors, and is not easily bored.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically significant as well as a good read! September 11, 2009
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Although Anne Bronte seems to be the least-known of the Bronte trio and only published two novels, this book has a more fascinating history to me than its more famous 'cousins', Wuthering Heights (Emily) and Jane Eyre (Charlotte). Not only was Wildfell the one to blow the lid on the male "Bell" pseudonyms the sisters had been writing under, but it's considered to be one of the world's first feminist novels, before that term existed. It was so controversial at the time of publication it was banned in many areas of Europe.

Written as one long letter - and a diary within a letter, like Kostova's The Historian - from protagonist Gilbert Markham to his brother-in-law on how he met his wife, Helen, most of the actual story is presented in diary form by Helen herself. Initially presented to the reader as a mysterious widow who arrives in a small English village (where she first meets Gilbert), she becomes, very much against her will, a source first of endless curiosity, and then a target of malicious gossip.

It then lays bare all of the shameful undercurrents of marriage in the Victorian age, particularly for a woman who was unwise or just unlucky enough to seriously misjudge the man she married. If you think it's a tough mistake to make now, only imagine its consequences in an age where divorce was rarely an option and you were almost always stuck with what you got, no matter how repugnant, immoral or tyrannical. Everything is here: adultery, alcoholism, abuse, alienation and humiliation.

At the time, Bronte was apparently skewered by hypocritical moralistic critics who felt she shouldn't have exposed this underbelly of Victorian society's mores - or more precisely, its lack of compassion or even recognition of what women were expected to endure.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Sister April 26, 2000
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Anne is the Bronte we never read in school and most of us don't read afterwards, which is a big loss for those who don't, because she's at least as talented as her two older sisters. "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" can hold its own against "Jane Eyre" or "Wuthering Heights" any day in the week, but it was panned in its own time, in large part because of its "unladylike" topic of alcoholism. Anne Bronte knew alcoholism first hand through her brother Bramwell who drank himself to death, and her revulsion of the alcoholic personality is central to this book. The heroine of "Tenant", Helen Graham, is a headstrong and independent young woman, who marries Arthur Huntington against the advice of her family. She is one of those who loves not wisely but too well, because Arthur, a selfish and irresponsible womanizer, cares about nothing but satisfying his own wishes and desires. Helen wants to help Arthur turn his life around, which Arthur couldn't care less about, and his drinking and adultery right under her nose eventually repels her to the point where she despises him as much as she once loved him. It is only when she sees him attempting to influence her young son to become a chip off the old block, that she realizes her responsibility as a mother to save her son from his father trumps her duty as a wife to stand by her husband. With the help of her brother, she runs away with her son to the anonymity of life in a small village. Here she meets Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her, but realizes that their relationship has no future as long as her husband is alive. Arthur's ultimate death from alcoholism not only frees Helen from an abusive and degrading marriage, it also leaves her free to find happiness with Gilbert. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to amazon for the free book.
This book is free to download in amazon kindle store. I am happy to own it.
Published 5 days ago by V Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Classic
This is a story of romance as to its topic, with strong themes running through it such as alcoholism, gender relations, marriage, motherhood, domestic violence, and piety. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Joy Cagil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book also. It gives you a look into the past.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. Kind of like pride and prejudice. Sad it's over...
Published 1 month ago by mom of 4
5.0 out of 5 stars just love the Bronte Sister's writing style
This book is a tie with Jane Eyre...just love the Bronte Sister's writing style.
Published 1 month ago by thornfaith
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible novel. I hadn't read it ...
This is an incredible novel. I hadn't read it for about 30 years and had forgotten how suspenseful it is.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl L. Cowen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not on my top ten list of this genre.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen West
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book. I thought it was engaging and interesting if a little predictable in the end. I like that it starts with a little mystery and is told as a frame story; these... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Wistful memories of a marriage whose dream never came
A tour de force in the observation of trust, suspicion, infidelity, and the damage that gossip can do to two people who might otherwise have found happiness together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
One I would read again. The subject mater is unique for it's time. It doesn't hold back much on how bad life can get with a man like Mr. Huntington.
Published 2 months ago by Kim
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