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Brontë’s writing talent has long been overshadowed by that of her older sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Although their work was romantic, even gothic, Brontë favored realism in her novels, anticipating the shift in taste that occurred during the nineteenth century. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bestseller in its time, famous for its controversial depictions of oppressive and unhappy marriages as well as the heroine’s courageous effort to free herself. Brontë’s sisters did not approve of her stories, especially Charlotte, who survived all of her siblings and was executor of Brontë’s literary estate. This alone may be the reason The Tenant of Wildfell Hall went out of print and faded from the minds of the reading public.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was published in 1848, just one year before Brontë died. She published her...

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