The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Collins Classics)

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‘I see that a man cannot give himself up to drinking without being miserable one-half his days and mad the other.’

When Helen flees from her alcoholic husband in order to protect her son she defies societal convention. Earning a living as an artist, she becomes the mysterious tenant of Wildfell Hall as she hides herself away and uses her art to support her child. However, the beautiful and reclusive young woman soon begins to stir up malicious gossip and speculation. Captivated and drawn to Helen, Gilbert Markham becomes suspicious when he begins to hear these stories, however it is only when he reads Helen’s diary that he learns the full cruelty that her husband subjected her to in her previous life.

Rejecting the societal norms surrounding marriage in Victorian Society, Anne Brontë’s novel, said to be based on the experiences of her own brother Branwell, shocked her readers at the time and still remains a scandalous read today.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2012 Pages: 192 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers HarperCollins is Proud to Present its new Range of the best-loved. Essential classics. 'I see that a man can not give himself up to the DRINKING without being miserable one-half his days and mad the other. 'When Helen flees from her alcoholic husband in order to protect her son she defies societal convention. Earning a living as an artist. she becomes the mysterious tenant of Wildfell Hall as she hides herself away and uses her art to support her child. However. the beautiful and reclusive young woman soon begins to stir up malicious gossip and speculation. Captivated and drawn to Helen. Gilbert Markham becomes suspicious when he begins to hear these stories. however it is only when he reads Helen's diary that he learns the full cruelty that her husband subjected her to in her previous life. Rejecting t...

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'This is the seventh and final volume of the Clarendon Edition of the Novels of the Brontes ... not only have they all been edited with scrupulous scholarship but great care has obviosuly been taken to make them handsome in binding, layout and typography'Douglas Hewitt, Pembroke College, Oxford, Notes and Queries, March 1993

It is particularly gratifying to have a definitive library edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. (reveiw of English Studies)

It is obvious to the careful reader that a massive amount of textual evidence has been compressed into this Clarendon volume. The Introduction to the Clarendon edition ... is a model of its type ... Rosengarten unequivocally introduces the text, providing the reader with a context for the composition and publication of the novel. Nowhere in Brontė scholarship is it possible to find such a complete and valuable compilation of the publication history ... One can only admire the grasp Rosengarten has of the myriad typographical and substantive errors that mar the variant versions of the early editions and the lucid way in which he presents and explains such complex data ... a book well worth having: it is scholarly, handsomely produced and easy to read ... provides a fitting conclusion to the Clarendon series and, as such, represents a milestone in Brontė scholarship. (Peter L. Shillingsburg, Mississippi State University, TEXT, Volume 9, 1997)

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