Smiles & Tears: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë: Margaret Norwich

"A daring and powerful novel written by the ""other"" Brontë sister, concerning an intriguing and mysterious widow and her young son who take up residence in a previously deserted Elizabethan mansion, it was a best seller it its day!  The author wrote in the preface to the second edition ""...when we have to do with vice and vicious character, I maintain it is better to depict them as they really are, rather than as they would wish to appear.""  We will consider closely Anne Brontë's style, substance and courage, and perhaps reflect on how much human nature may have changed since 1848?"

Tutor: Margaret Norwich

"Margaret Norwich studied liberal arts at Vassar College, New York and read English at Girton College, Cambridge.  She has worked in publishing, higher education and the voluntary sector. She lectured on English Language & Literature for many years at Bedford College/De Montfort University, and was Tutor/Organiser for the WEA in Bedfordshire. Her interests include the poetry of Sylvia Plath, the novels of Hilary Mantel, the plays of Tom Stoppard, and the redemptive power of rock music."