The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I love the Bronte Sisters and find Anne to be talked over or in the shadow of her two talented sisters. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall deserves more love as it carefully blends the oddness/gothic qualities of the Bronte sisters while reading more like a Jane Austen novel.— Jesse
From the author of Hamnet, with this novel set in Renaissance Italy, we get a perfectly paced page-turner. A young daughter married a duke at a powerful court. Will he love her? Will he kill her? Great read!— Holly
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 Bront '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, Bront '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.
About the Author
Herbert Rosengarten is Chair of the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.Josephine McDonagh is Professor of Victorian Literature at Oxford University.