Wuthering Heightsby Emily Brontë, Bronte, Emily Bronte
Pub. Date: 08/01/1997
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th century English literature. It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls inlove with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations viii
About Longman Cultural Editions ix
About This Edition xi
Table of Dates: The Life of Emily Bronte xxvi
The Chronology of Wuthering Heights xxx
Wuthering Heights 1
Volume 1 3
Volume 2 141
Biographical Sketch 303
Emily Bronte in Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) 308
Writings Emily Bronte 313
from "Diary Papers" (1834-1845) 313
"The Cat" (translation) (1842) 319
Charlotte Bronte's Selection of Poems by Ellis Bell (1850) 320
Charlotte Bronte on Ellis Bell 329
from "Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell" (1850) 330
from "Editor's Preface" (1850) 335
Historical, Social, and Legal 339
Heathcliff and the Unsettled Classes 339
Nomads of City and Country 341
Henry Mayhew, from London Labour and the London Poor (1861) 341
Self-Made Men and Luddites 343
Samuel Smiles, from Self-Help (1859) 343
Women's Rights and Roles 348
Ellis Bell and Sarah Stickney Ellis 348
Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England, Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1839) 349
Harriet Martineau, from "On Female Education" (1823) 352
Wills, Women, and Property 355
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, from A Brief Summary, in Plain Language, of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women (1854) 355
A Tale of Two Houses: Interiors and Servants 357
John Ruskin, from "The Nature of Gothic," The Stones of Venice (1851-1853) 359
Domestic Servants 361
Isabella Beeton, from The Book of Household Management (1861) 362
Regional and Popular 366
Where Are the Brontes From? 366
Ireland, Heathcliff, and the Brontes 367
William Wright, from The Brontes in Ireland (1893) 368
Yorkshire: Regionalism, Dialect, and Ballads 374
Elizabeth Gaskell, from The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) 375
Richard Blakeborough, from Wit, Character, Folklore and Customs of the North Riding of Yorkshire (1898) 377
Anonymous, "The Ghaist's Warning" (1812) 382
Pilgrims to Haworth 387
Matthew Arnold, from "Haworth Churchyard, April 1855" (1877) 387
Claude Meeker, from "Haworth; Home of the Brontes" (1895) 390
Virginia Woolf, from "Haworth, November 1904" (1904) 393
Shifting Literary Honors and the Beaten Track 395
Critical and Artful 398
Reviews of Wuthering Heights, 1848-1851 399
from Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper (January 1848) 399
from Atlas (January 1848) 400
G. W. P[eck], from "Wuthering Heights," The American Review (June 1848) 401
[E. P. Whipple], from "Novels of the Season," North American Review (October 1848) 403
[George Henry Lewes], from The Leader (December 1850) 404
[Sydney Dobell], from Eclectic Review (February 1851) 405
Early Criticism 406
Algernon Charles Swinburne, from "Emily Bronte" (1883) 406
Angus M. MacKay, from The Brontes: Fact and Fiction (1897) 407
Mary A. Ward [Mrs. Humphry Ward], from "Introduction," Wuthering Heights, Haworth Edition (1900) 409
May Sinclair, from The Three Brontes (1912) 410
Virginia Woolf, from "Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights" (1916) 412
Sites and Resources on the Brontes 413
Selected Web sites 415
Adaptations and Translations 415
Film/Television Adaptations 417
Some Translations 418
Some Sequels, Pendants, and Biographical Fiction 422
Further Reading 425
General Resources and Biographical Studies 425
Popular Reception and Travels to Bronte Country 430
Selected Criticism Since 1995 430
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I decided to read this book after I saw it mentioned several times throughout the 'Twilight Series' by Stephenie Meyer. In the book 'Eclipse', Bella compared herself to the character of Catherine and being that I had never read 'Wuthering Heights' I thought I would give it a go. I'll have to admit that it was hard to read at times because the language back then was so different yet beautiful as well. I could definitely see similarities between the love triangle that exists between Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar compared to that of Bella, Edward, and Jacob in 'Twilight'. I think it was a good story and I'm glad that I did read it because now I can go back through the 'Twilight' books and know what Bella means when she mentions the different characters from the story. Good stuff...
To read this novel is to succumb to a world that is strange and beautiful and cruel and mesmerizing. It reads like a dream written in poetry. It is not an easy read, but it is well worth the effort it takes to understand its complex structure, psychologically nuanced characters, and rich language. It's reputation as a love story is misleading. It is a story of love in all of its complex manifestations but not the romantic love of pulp fiction. The love Bronte refers to is love that is ambivalent, sadistic, obsessive, and, literally, maddening. Wuthering Heights is a true work of art that deserves to be read and re-read.
I'm generally not interested in the 'classic' genre and I was expecting a really slow start to Wuthering Heights, because that is what I discovered with reading Jane Eyre (I do understand that they are written by two different authors but I had expected their literary styles to be similar because the sisters were so close to each other). When I read the book for school over the summer, I was delighted to find the story fast paced, interesting, and simple yet still powerful. The intense, complex, (and somewhat boring) conversations that took place in Jane Eyre are absent from Wuthering Heights. The deeper meaning in the story is instead found more within the characters' actions, and relationships with one another. I found the characters loveable and memorable, though some of them were a little twisted.
All of my life, I had heard of the dark novel, Wuthering Heights. I had read reviews describing its complicated twists, evil characters, and intense plots. After years of putting it off, I bought it, not giving myself the chance to look back at the Classics section on my way out. I decided it was time. Cautiously opening the first page, I prepared myself. I prepared myself for a long, complicated, sometimes scary read. What I got was a hurricane of emotions that I believe every human being is capable of. Not only was it an absorbing, fascinating read, but it was a revelation. I realized for the first time in my life that every human has a dark side that he keeps hidden in the chambers of his heart. Yet what if we, the human race, were to let our emotions rule us? What if our passions were portrayed for all the world to see? I imagine that is what Emily Bronte had in mind when she first envisioned this novel, her soul masterpiece. She exposed the human race as it really is: Warm, Passionate, Tempestuous, Melancholy, and sometimes a bit Playful.
I actually got into this book by Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' series because they mentioned it a lot in those books. Im extrememly glad I did take the time to read this book though because it was fanominal. It's your classic love story, with a twist of evil you didn't think possible from one person [that person being Heathcliff]. The old english talk can get confusing, so it's definately one for the older readers. All and all, it's one of my all-time favorite books.
I am really passionate about Wuthering Heights. After reading it in 10th grade, it's been my favorite romance novel. It's so intensely intense. I actually don't have this version of the book, I have the Norton edition, but I really like this cover. To sum up Wuthering Heights in a sentence, it's a novel that tells the story of two people, Catherine and Heathcliff, who are fiercely, and almost violently, in love with each other but can't truly, physically be together until they are in the grave. It's simply phenomenal!
This is a great book, however, this version is sprinkled with typos. For example, every time there is an apostrophe followed by two "L"s, it comes out as an eleven. I.e., "We'll" becomes "We'11," etc. It's not exactly a deal breaker, given that it's a free copy. It does get a little taxing to try to figure out each typographical error.
i'v heard much about this book from many people,decided to finally read it. had a hard time keeping names straight and who's who. and who was the strory teller. once i finally caught on to how the book was written i enjoyed it the whole time. i didnt want to put it down. i cant believe how much drama was put into one book. i think i will read it again soon. it wont be a disapointment to anyone reading it.
I had a love/hate thing with this book. It's really weird but I want to read it again.
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