Tenant of Wildfell Hall Book Club & Review

Tenant of Wildfell Hall Book ClubI’ve been meaning to read some of those classics that I somehow missed out on in high school and college. Thank goodness for this month’s book club to motivate m with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

Anne Brontë’s second and last novel was widely and contentiously reviewed upon its 1848 publication, in part because its subject matter domestic violence, alcoholism, women’s rights, and universal salvation was so controversial. The tale unfolds through a series of letters between two friends as one man learns more about Helen Huntingdon and the past that brought this young painter and single mother to Wildfell Hall. Powerfully plotted and unconventionally structured, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is now considered to be a classic of Victorian literature. This Broadview Edition includes a critical introduction that situates the novel in significant Victorian debates, and provides appendices that make clear Brontë’s intellectual inheritance from important eighteenth-century writers such as Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft. Material on temperance, education, childrearing, and nineteenth-century women artists is also included in the appendices. {Amazon}

I was concerned that it would be what my kids called a “boring AP book” with outdated language. I’m happy to report that I did not find it boring or hard to read. It’s interesting to see how Helen dealt with her bad marriage in an era of restricted women’s rights. The juxtaposition of her morality and her determination to protect her son is noble. It would have been so easy for her to make the best of her plight in a fashion similar to her husband.

This book made for a great discussion! We talked about women’s rights in the 1800’s, morality, and alcoholism. There was so much information, we didn’t use any pre-set questions. The conversation just flowed. I give this book 4 slices!

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3 Responses to Tenant of Wildfell Hall Book Club & Review

  1. Donna says:

    This is wonderful!

  2. It’s always nice to see a review of a book that’s off the beaten path! Stopping by from SITS- have a great weekend!
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  3. I love reading classic literature, but haven’t read this one yet. I’ve seen a movie of it which didn’t exactly enthrall me, but after reading your take on it I will add it to my reading list. Found you via Sharefest… nice to “meet” you!
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