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Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847, the year before the author's death at the age of thirty, endures today as perhaps the most powerful and intensely original novel in the English language. Only Emily Bront? V. S. Pritchett said about the author and her contemporaries, exposes her imagination to the dark spirit. And Virginia Woolf wrote, It is as if she could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognisable transparencies with such a gust of life that they transcend reality. Hers, then, is the rarest of all powers. She could free life from its dependence on facts, with a few touches indicate the spirit of a face so that it needs no body; by speaking of the moor make the wind blow and the thunder roar.

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The turbulent and tragic love affair of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff mirrors the powerful moods of the Yorkshire moors. Reissue.

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"My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.

About the Author

Emily Jane Brontë was the most solitary member of a unique, tightly-knit, English provincial family. Born in 1818, she shared the parsonage of the town of Haworth, Yorkshire, with her older sister, Charlotte, her brother, Branwell, her younger sister, Anne, and her father, The Reverend Patrick Brontë. All five were poets and writers; all but Branwell would publish at least one book.

Fantasy was the Brontë children’s one relief from the rigors of religion and the bleakness of life in an impoverished region. They invented a series of imaginary kingdoms and constructed a whole library of journals, stories, poems, and plays around their inhabitants. Emily’s special province was a kingdom she called Gondal, whose romantic heroes and exiles owed much to the poems of Byron.

Brief stays at several boarding schools were the sum of her experiences outside Haworth until 1842, when she entered a school in Brussels with her sister Charlotte. After a year of study and teaching there, they felt qualified to announce the opening of a school in their own home, but could not attract a single pupil.

In 1845 Charlotte Brontë came across a manuscript volume of her sister’s poems. She knew at once, she later wrote, that they were “not at all like poetry women generally write…they had a peculiar music–wild, melancholy, and elevating.” At her sister’s urging, Emily’s poems, along with Anne’s and Charlotte’s, were published pseudonymously in 1846. An almost complete silence greeted this volume, but the three sisters, buoyed by the fact of publication, immediately began to write novels. Emily’s effort was Wuthering Heights; appearing in 1847 it was treated at first as a lesser work by Charlotte, whose Jane Eyre had already been published to great acclaim. Emily Brontë’s name did not emerge from behind her pseudonym of Ellis Bell until the second edition of her novel appeared in 1850.

In the meantime, tragedy had struck the Brontë family. In September of 1848 Branwell had succumbed to a life of dissipation. By December, after a brief illness, Emily too was dead; her sister Anne would die the next year. Wuthering Heights, Emily’s only novel, was just beginning to be understood as the wild and singular work of genius that it is. “Stronger than a man,” wrote Charlotte, “Simpler than a child, her nature stood alone.”

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553898026
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Classics
Author:
Bronte, Emily
Author:
Brontë, Emily
Subject:
Rejection (Psychology)
Subject:
Rural families
Subject:
Fiction-Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
England Social life and customs 19th century Fiction.
Subject:
Yorkshire (England) Social life and customs 19th century Fiction.
Subject:
Heathcliff (fictitious character)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-General
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Childrens classics
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-ESL
Subject:
Foreign Languages-ESL Reading and Writing
Subject:
Foreign Languages-French Literature
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
Subject:
From the Library of Anne Rice-Literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance - Gothic
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Sets and Gift Editions-General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Number:
1994
Edition Description:
Modern Library
Publication Date:
1981
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Product details 336 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553898026 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The turbulent and tragic love affair of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff mirrors the powerful moods of the Yorkshire moors. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , "My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.
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