The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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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.
Publisher: London :, Penguin Books,, 1996
ISBN: 9780140434743
0140434747
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxxiv, 535 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Davies, Stevie

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dnk
Feb 04, 2018

Helen is a complex heroine. I could not help but be moved by her strengthand resourcefulness in the face of the growing disaster that became her marriage. I also found the sequence where she planned her "great escape" exciting and suspenseful, even though I knew it would be a success.

It is slightly flawed in that the end ties up a bit too nicely, and the tension between the narrator and Helen withers a bit by the time the book ends. However, the same criticism could probably be made of the other more well-known Bronte books.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Though probably the least memorable of the Brontë novels I've read thus far, The Tenant... stands on equal ground with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This was the most realistic of the three, and certainly controversial for the time. It was a very bold novel, and for this reason alone it carries as much weight, if not more, as her sisters' more fanciful works.

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macierules
Nov 11, 2014

Bold story in its time. Great read.

goatscabin Apr 20, 2012

The structure of this story told through letters and diaries is an engaging and, I expect, a fairly unconventional method in 1848. Despite the language and mores of 150 years ago, the story is as chillingly relevent today in it's portrayal of the manipulation and mind control exerted by an abusive husband over an intelligent woman.

mayfairlady Aug 16, 2011

Glorious gothic!

dragonsnakes Mar 09, 2011

Another eternal favourite of mine by the Brontes.

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