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Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Original 1848 Edition)

Anne Brontë

When Helen Graham moves into old Wildfell Hall with her little son Arthur, the rustic neighborhood comes alive with gossip and speculation, particularly when saturnine Mr. Lawrence (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the child) begins to visit her clandestinely. Local gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham falls in love with her almost against his will, despite rumors that she supports herself by the work of her hands and can give no account of her origins. Only when her diary comes into Markham’s hands do we find out why she has so exiled herself. As the chapters of the diary unfold, explicit scenes of adultery, seduction, and debauchery show why the novel was so shocking when it was first published, easily outselling the more famous debut novels of the three Brontë sisters. Often called the first “feminist” novel, “Wildfell Hall” may have been most shocking for its depiction of a strong-willed, independent single mother, for its criticism of the marriage institution, and for its many passages crying out against the unfair advantages accorded to men over women. Importantly, this recording is based on the original 1848 Newby edition, not on the later, badly-mutilated version that mystifyingly continues to be the basis for modern editions advertised as “unabridged.” The novel had already been suppressed after Anne’s death by her sister Charlotte but received an even more serious injustice in 1854 when publisher Thomas Hodgson excised over sixteen thousand words, dozens of “unladylike” profanities, and numerous descriptions of dissolute male behavior, turning the Hodgson edition into a pale shadow of Anne Brontë’s original, visceral work as here presented. - Summary by Expatriate

When Helen Graham moves into old Wildfell Hall with her little son Arthur, the rustic neighborhood comes alive with gossip and speculation, particularly when saturnine Mr. Lawrence (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the child) begins to visit her clandestinely. Local gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham falls in love with her almost against his will, despite rumors that she supports herself by the work of her hands and can give no account of her origins. Only when her diary comes into Markham’s hands do we find out why she has so exiled herself. As the chapters of the diary unfold, explicit scenes of adultery, seduction, and debauchery show why the novel was so shocking when it was first published, easily outselling the more famous debut novels of the three Brontë sisters. Often called the first “feminist” novel, “Wildfell Hall” may have been most shocking for its depiction of a strong-willed, independent single mother, for its criticism of the marriage institution, and for its many passages crying out against the unfair advantages accorded to men over women. Importantly, this recording is based on the original 1848 Newby edition, not on the later, badly-mutilated version that mystifyingly continues to be the basis for modern editions advertised as “unabridged.” The novel had already been suppressed after Anne’s death by her sister Charlotte but received an even more serious injustice in 1854 when publisher Thomas Hodgson excised over sixteen thousand words, dozens of “unladylike” profanities, and numerous descriptions of dissolute male behavior, turning the Hodgson edition into a pale shadow of Anne Brontë’s original, visceral work as here presented. - Summary by Expatriate
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

When Helen Graham moves into old Wildfell Hall with her little son Arthur, the rustic neighborhood comes alive with gossip and speculation, particularly when saturnine Mr. Lawrence (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the child) begins to visit her clandestinely. Local gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham falls in love with her almost against his will, despite rumors that she supports herself by the work of her hands and can give no account of her origins. Only when her diary comes into Markham’s hands do we find out why she has so exiled herself. As the chapters of the diary unfold, explicit scenes of adultery, seduction, and debauchery show why the novel was so shocking when it was first published, easily outselling the more famous debut novels of the three Brontë sisters. Often called the first “feminist” novel, “Wildfell Hall” may have been most shocking for its depiction of a strong-willed, independent single mother, for its criticism of the marriage institution, and for its many passages crying out against the unfair advantages accorded to men over women. Importantly, this recording is based on the original 1848 Newby edition, not on the later, badly-mutilated version that mystifyingly continues to be the basis for modern editions advertised as “unabridged.” The novel had already been suppressed after Anne’s death by her sister Charlotte but received an even more serious injustice in 1854 when publisher Thomas Hodgson excised over sixteen thousand words, dozens of “unladylike” profanities, and numerous descriptions of dissolute male behavior, turning the Hodgson edition into a pale shadow of Anne Brontë’s original, visceral work as here presented. - Summary by Expatriate

Language:

English

Narrators:

Multiple - LibriVox Community

Length:

17h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

28:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

33:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

29:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

28:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

31:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

18:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

34:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

15:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

28:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

24:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

23:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

21:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

16:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

28:52