The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Combining a sensational story of a man's physical and moral decline through alcohol, a study of marital breakdown, a disquisition on the care and upbringing of children, and a hard-hitting critique of the position of women in Victorian society, this passionate tale of betrayal is set within a... show more
Combining a sensational story of a man's physical and moral decline through alcohol, a study of marital breakdown, a disquisition on the care and upbringing of children, and a hard-hitting critique of the position of women in Victorian society, this passionate tale of betrayal is set within a stern moral framework tempered by Anne Brontë's optimistic belief in universal redemption. It tells the story of the estranged wife of a dissolute rake, desperate to protect her son from his destructive influence, in full flight from a shocking world of debauchery and cruelty. Drawing on her first-hand experiences with her brother Branwell, Brontë's novel scandalized contemporary readers and still retains its power to shock today. The new introduction by Josephine McDonagh sheds light on the intellectual and cultural context of the novel, its complex narrative structure, and the contemporary moral and medical debates about alcohol and the body with which the novel engages. Based on the authoritative Clarendon text, the book has an improved chronology, an up-to-date bibliography, and many informative notes.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: April 17th 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages no: 441
Edition language: English
(Original Review, 1981-02-04)“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” has received a lot of scholarly attention more recently, it has various depths beyond the exploration of domestic violence. She was partly not appreciated because her sister openly and strongly disagreed with the subject matter of the novel ...
Ok. Anne is my favourite Brontë now, hands down. Her social commentary was decades before the times opinions and all around relevant still (sadly for the most part). There is nothing over the top or sensational here. There is a lot of spousal abuse and neglect going around, but the fact that it's ...
The Tennant of Wildfell Hall is Anne Bronte's novel about the depredations of alcohol. It is essentially a primer for the temperance movement, and yet it's also wildly feminist for it's time and rather snarky in some places. I wouldn't say I loved the novel, but I enjoyed it.The novel is two stories...
This is one great classic. So far I have read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, which I loved, and Wuthering Heights by Emily, a book which I absolutely hated (Cathy and Heathcliff, I loath you with all my heart). But The Tenant of Wildfell Hall outshines both these books in my opinion. I really enjo...
Helen.. oh dear Helen.. The brave tenant of wildfell Hall. You are neither Jane Eyre, nor Cathy, You are different from them all. I admired you, sympathized with you too, When I read your part of the story. But never once you made me feel you are feeble, You rose every time you fell, head high in ...