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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,322 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Brontë Narrator: Frederick Davidson, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like her sisters Emily and Charlotte, Anne Brontë published under a male pseudonym, yet still this novel was scorned by many for its exposure of the abusive male chauvinism that was concealed, like all things sexual, during the Victorian Era.

Just as Anne had to use a male pseudonym in order to publish, Helen Graham, the novel’s protagonist and a battered wife, must assume an alias in order to gain freedom from her suffering. With her young child, Helen takes up residence at Wildfell Hall, shrouding her past in secrecy yet earning the attentions of a young unmarried country gentleman. Anne Brontë employs the atmosphere of the bleak Yorkshire moors and the cold, rugged gloom of the fictional mansion to set the stage for a tragedy that reveals the secret violence in a society considered well-mannered.

With a powerful plot that reveals the troubles of the times, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is now lauded as a classic of Victorian literature.

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  • “Frederick Davidson and [Wanda McCaddon] take the roles of the storytellers, and they do an excellent job of portraying both the male and female voices…The choice to use both male and female narrators was a good one, enlivening the story and underlining the differences between the sexes in Victorian England.”

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  • “Of the three Brontë sisters, Emily and Charlotte are better known, yet it is Anne’s work which carries some of the strongest…themes…While the plot continues and mysteries are unraveled, what Helen and Gilber say…reinforces Anne Brontë’s indictment of the sexual double standards of nineteenth-century Britain.”

    Erica Bauermeister, 500 Great Books by Women

  • “Every reader who has felt the power of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights comes, sooner or later, to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Anne Brontë, with all the Brontë taste for violence and drama…did not shrink. She used the material at hand, and shaped it with singular honesty and seriousness…Anne is a true Brontë.”

    Margaret Lane, Brontë scholar

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marieke | 1/22/2014

    " That was a rather long letter, eh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gemma | 7/18/2013

    " At first I was really interested in the mysterios Mrs Graham but as her storr progressed i felt it dragged on it and considering it was supposed to be in the form of a long letter it should have been much shorter. The excessive detail thus demerits this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darren | 2/18/2013

    " I LOVED this book. Just loved it. Helen is amazing (Gilbert's a wet blanket, but so what) and Arthur a tyrant of the highest order. I can't imagine the impact this had on Victorian society. What the hell were the Bronte women on up there in Haworth? What a fantastic bunch of crypto-feminist geniuses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendell | 2/9/2013

    " A thought provoking novel about a bright, independent woman who marries too young. Her husband's alcoholic philaderings destroy her happiness and his verbal abuse and in turn neglectfulness overwhelms her in a sorrowful, and lonely life. This novel leads the reader to serious thoughts on women's rights to property, finances and divorce that was denied them not so many years ago. "

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