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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
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May 29, 08

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Anne Bronte is severely, severely underrated. This book is fascinating. It's a work of quiet rebellion; the rebellion of Helen and of Anne herself, who is working to subvert some of the Romantic conventions. My edition had a great introduction that posited Helen as a Byronic hero. Admittedly I'm stuck on books that create the female artist (I actually think this has a lot in common with Emily's Quest-- the heroine coded with some male virtues of independence and mystery, the threat of the Heathcliff model to female artistry and self-realization, etc. etc). It's interesting to look at this and Agnes Grey together because you can see Anne's progression as a writer. Tenant still isn't as technically brilliant and innovative as Wuthering Heights is, but it's a mistake to dismiss Anne.
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Arlene Sanders Camie, I'm glad to hear this. Since Charlotte and Emily are two of my favorite writers -- both probably in my top ten -- it's absolutely ridiculous that I've never read anything by Anne. This is a gap in my reading you remind me to fill, and I'll try to do that soon -- thanks to you!

Arlene Sanders


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