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With an Introduction and Notes by Peter Merchant, Christchurch University College. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious tenant of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father's influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her. On its first publication in 1848, Anne Brontë's second novel was criticised for being 'coarse' and 'brutal'. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall challenges the social conventions of the early nineteenth century in a strong defence of women's rights in the face of psychological abuse from their husbands. Anne Brontë's style is bold, naturalistic and passionate, and this novel, which her sister Charlotte considered 'an entire mistake', has earned her a position in English Literature in her own right.Présentation de l'éditeur :
In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte chronicles the disillusionment, heartbreak, and final devastation of an intelligent woman who falls in love with a rake. She flees her disastros marriage and sets up as a professional artist, a highly unusual and daring step for a woman of her time. Bronte's message remains relevant in a time when the dangerous lover, not unlike the dark and mesmerising Heathcliff and Rochester, respectively, of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, still lurks in romance narratives, and the belief in the illusion of saving the lost soul through love retains its seductive power.
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