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Emily Jane Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym «Ellis Bell.» It was her first and only published novel: she died aged 30 the following year. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily’s death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850.
Wuthering Heights is the eponymous farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors where the story unfolds. Its core theme is the enduring love between the heroine, Catherine Earnshaw, and her father’s adopted son, Heathcliff and how it eventually destroys their lives and the lives of those around them.
Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, it received mixed reviews when first published, and was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was so unusually stark. In the second half of the 19th century, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was considered the best of the Brontë sisters’ works, but later critics argued that Wuthering Heights was superior. Wuthering Heights has inspired adaptations, including film, radio and television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, operas (by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and the 1978 chart-topping song by Kate Bush.
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  • anaodalovic114shared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💀Spooky
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Because this is one of the classics ! It keeps reader's attention from the start to the very end. Must read.

  • aishwimitshared an impression2 months ago

    It is at times difficult to read because every character suffers in extreme and inflicts suffering on others. It really does not shy away from making their personalities and actions completely disgusting, but there are reasons too, life has been hard on each one of them. The conclusion took my hatred away, it was so peaceful. The best thing about this book is how much it makes one think. And it is as full of love and joy as it is full of pain. The setting is gorgeous too!

  • b8014137856shared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💀Spooky
    🔮Hidden Depths
    🎯Worthwhile
    🚀Unputdownable

    I’ve never read a book like this before. The story is so intense that i can’t help myself to put it down

Quotes

  • Artem Shevoldaevhas quoted8 years ago
    It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.’
  • rebecahas quoted6 years ago
    He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows
  • Srijita Bhakathas quotedlast year
    existence, after losing her, would be hell.

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