The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byAnne BronteEditorHerbert RosengartenIntroduction byJosephine Mcdonagh

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'he looked up wistfully in my face, and gravely asked - "Mamma, why are you so wicked?"'The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall has a dark secret. But as the captivated Gilbert Markham will discover, it is not the story circulating among local gossips. Living under an assumed name, 'Helen Graham' is the estranged wife of a dissolute rake, desperate to protect her son from hisdestructive influence. Her diary entries reveal the shocking world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. 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 ahard-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 Bronte's optimistic belief in universal redemption. Drawing on her first-hand experiences with her brother Branwell, Bronte's novelscandalized contemporary readers. It still retains its power to shock.

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'he looked up wistfully in my face, and gravely asked - "Mamma, why are you so wicked?"'The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall has a dark secret. But as the captivated Gilbert Markham will discover, it is not the story circulating among local gossips. Living under an assumed name, 'Helen Graham' is the estranged wife of a dissolu...

Herbert Rosengarten is at the University of British Columbia. Josephine McDonagh is the author of De Quincey's Disciplines (Clarendon Press, 1994) and Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900 (CUP, 2003).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.87 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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