The Tenant of Wildfell Hall By Anne Bronte A mysterious widow, her young son and servant arrive at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion that has been vacant for years. She uses the name Helen Graham and lives in seclusion. Gossip soon follows. Young farmer Gilbert Markham refuses to believe anything scandalous about Helen but discovers her diary and her dark secrets. Helen has fled her cruel, alcoholic husband, a taboo that violates social conventions and, at the time, English law. Helen's marital betrayal, within a strict Victorian framework, means she must fight for her reputation and survival. The novel is structured as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham about the events leading to meeting his wife. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels and was a sensation and instant success when it was first published in 1848. It is the second and final novel by the English author Anne Bronte. After Anne's death her sister Charlotte prevented its re-publication.
About the Author
English novelist and poet Anne Bronte (1820 -1849) was the youngest of the literary family. She lived most of her life at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. At 19 she left to work as a governess then later fulfilled her literary ambitions. She published a volume of poetry with her sisters (Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, 1846) and two novels: Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. She died at age of 29.