Places Discussed

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Wildfell Hall

Wildfell Hall. Old run-down country house dating back to the Elizabethan era, situated in the north of England, some seven miles from the nearest town and two miles from Gilbert’s farm. The house belongs to Frederick Lawrence, Helen’s brother, and was the family home until fifteen years earlier, when he removed to a more spacious modern house, Woodford, in the neighboring parish, leaving the hall untenanted. It is described as being built of dark gray stone; having thick stone mullions and narrow, latticed windows; being surrounded by stone walls and an overgrown garden; and being set on the moors and therefore completely isolated. A few rooms have been prepared for Helen, including one room she uses as a studio.


Linden-hope. Family farm of Gilbert Markham, where he lives with his mother, sister, and brother. The farmhouse is portrayed as typical of a gentleman farmer, where good manners and etiquette are combined with open hospitality and unpretentious living. The farmlands are situated in a fertile valley and run up the sides of the moorland. The nearby village is not well described apart from the parish church and its vicarage, where Gilbert’s first love lives. The setting corresponds to Yorkshire, the home county of Anne Brontë.

Linden-Car Bay

Linden-Car Bay. Nearest seaside place to the village, the overlooking cliffs being five miles away. A group...

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Historical Context

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King George IV and the Regency Era
The Regency is the name for that period from 1811 to 1820 when the Prince of Wales...

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Literary Style

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Epistolary Novel
An epistolary novel presents itself as a letter or collection of letters. The form allows the author...

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Compare and Contrast

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  • 1840s: According to the census, the population of England numbers nearly 15 million people. Approximately 1.5...

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Topics for Further Study

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Brontë’s novel was written and takes place during the early nineteenth century in England. Research the clothing fashions for both men and...

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Media Adaptations

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was first adapted to television by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1968. It was directed by...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Agnes Grey (1847) was Anne Brontë’s first novel and was probably inspired by her experience working as a governess. In this novel,...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Auchincloss, Louis, “Speaking of Books: The Trick of Author as Character,” in New York Times Book...

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Frawley, Maria H. “The Female Saviour in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Brontë Society Transactions 20, part 3 (1991): 133-143. Examines the novel in light of the Victorian ideology of woman as savior or angel in the house and shows that Helen both submits to and struggles against this conventional role.

Jackson, Arlene. “The Question of Credibility in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” English Studies 63, no. 3 (June, 1982): 198-206. Discusses narrative techniques and explains how Brontë’s point of view and plot organization reveal the novel’s characters and increase their credibility....

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