The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
By (author) Anne Bronte
Edited by Stevie Davies
Introduction and notes by Stevie Davies
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Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Book DescriptionThe Penguin Classics edition of Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, her groundbreaking study of a woman's valiant struggle for independence from an abusive husband is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis. 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 fight for domestic independence and creative freedom. In her introduction Stevie Davies discusses The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as feminist testament, inspired by Anne Bronte's experiences as a governess and by the death of her brother Branwell Bronte, and examines the novel's language, biblical references and narrative styles. Anne Bronte (1820-1849), youngest of the Bronte sisters, was born at Thornton, West Yorkshire. Her father was a curate, and her mother died when she was a baby, leaving five daughters and one son. After the death of her sisters Maria and Elizabeth from tuberculosis in 1825, the Bronte children were homeschooled, and together they created fantasy worlds and kingdoms which they explored in writing. Anne worked as a governess between 1840 and 1845, after which she published Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) under the pen-name Acton Bell. Anne Bronte died in 1849. If you enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall you might also like Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, also available in Penguin Classics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140434743
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Agnes Grey, Paperback (January 2017)
When Agnes's father loses the family savings, young Agnes determines to make her own living - as a governess. Working for the Bloomfields, her enthusiasm is soon dampened by isolation and the cruelty of the children in her charge.
Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Paperback (October 2016)
A novel blending feminism, romance and mystery, THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL is the second and final novel by the Anne Bronte. When a mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, local farmer Gilbert Markham is intrigued. But Helen has a secret, and it's more shocking than Gilbert could have imagined.
Macmillan Readers Agnes Grey Upper-Intermediate Reader Without CD, Paperback (February 2015)
Agnes Grey is a classic story written by Anne Bronte. The story is about Agnes, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a poor clergyman. When her family loses a lot of money, Agnes decides to help by finding a job as a governess. But it proves to be a lot more difficult than Agnes imagined...
Classic Works of the Bronte Sisters, Hardback (July 2014)» View all books by Anne Bronte
The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, have left us no more than seven novels and a handful of poems but they are, next to Dickens, the best-loved novelists of the 19th century and will never cease to be read.
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Author Biography - Anne Bronte
Anne Bronte was born in 1820, the youngest of the Bronte family. She was educated at home, and was particularly close to her sister Emily. Her first novel was AGNES GREY, and it was followed by THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL in 1848, written under a pseudonym. She died in 1849. Dr Stevie Davies is a novelist and critic, and teaches at the University of Swansea.
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