The Birth Of Wuthering Heights

Overview

Chitham argues that Wuthering Heights was recast and expanded between its first submission to a publisher in 1846 and its final acceptance and publication in late 1847. He suggests that the well-known chronological coherence of the book was an innovation of the second version and explores the anomalies which still remain.

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Overview

Chitham argues that Wuthering Heights was recast and expanded between its first submission to a publisher in 1846 and its final acceptance and publication in late 1847. He suggests that the well-known chronological coherence of the book was an innovation of the second version and explores the anomalies which still remain.

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Explores the ways in which Emily Bront<:e> set about the composition of her poetry and novel and discusses the probable contents of her second novel. Provides insight into her mind and working methods, showing that she wrote from direct inspiration and then recast her work under the influence of rational planning. Makes use of new discoveries which show that she had made translation of Virgil and Horace, and examines anomalies and inconsistencies between the version of the novel first submission to a publisher and its final acceptance. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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This is a paperbound reprint of a 1998 work in which Chitham, who is seriously engaged in study of the Bront<:e>s, explores Emily Bront<:e>'s mind and working methods, showing that she wrote from direct inspiration and then recast her work under the influence of rational planning. He makes use of new discoveries that show she had made translations of Virgil and Horace, and examines anomalies and inconsistencies between the version of the novel first submitted to a publisher and its final acceptance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333945452
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Chitham is a renowned Brontë scholar and Editor of the Brontë Society Transactions.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Emily Bronte and the Craft of Literature
• Introduction
• Physical Conditions of Work
• Learning's Golden Mine
• Inspiration and Labour in Emily Brontë's Poetry
• Drafting, Correction and Fair Copy: Emily Brontë at Brussels
• Organisational Skill: the Poems from 1844 to 1846
Part II: Wuthering Heights
• Wuthering Heights: The Problem
• The First Phase
• The First Version: Adapting Gondal
• Autumn and Winter: After the Poem Revision
• The Development of the First Version
• Rejection and its Consequences: Returban to Fictional Poetry
• The Development of Part Two
• The Three Housekeepers of Wuthering Heights
• Sculpting the Statue: A Proposed Chronology
• Objections and Implications
Part III: Postscript
• Emily's Second Novel
• Notes
• Index

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