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Wuthering Heights (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)
     

Wuthering Heights (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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by Emily Brontë
 

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Wuthering Heights is the only published novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846 and published in July of the following year. It was not printed until December 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, after the success of her sister Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. A posthumous second edition was edited by Charlotte in

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Wuthering Heights is the only published novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846 and published in July of the following year. It was not printed until December 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, after the success of her sister Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. A posthumous second edition was edited by Charlotte in 1850.

The title of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors of the story. The narrative centres on the all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them.
Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews and controversy when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.
Wuthering Heights has also given rise to many adaptations and inspired works, including films, radio, television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, three operas (by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and the 1978 chart-topping song by Kate Bush.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015875461
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
11/15/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
358 KB

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Emily Jane Brontë (1818 – 1848) was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her solitary novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

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Wuthering Heights 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
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I started reading this book and did not really know what to expect. I tried to come into it with an open mind since I am not much of reader. I think that Emily Bronte structured this book with sheer genius. For being her first and only book the structure is quite complex. I was a little overwhelmed in the first 5 or 6 chapters because it took a while to get use to the writing style of the book. The reading is fairly tough because of the time period it is set in; especially when a character named Joseph starts talking. I think that the characters are well represented are gone into in quite detail. It is sad that the characters that are immature, unstable, self-absorbed and hell-bent on revenge. This is to be considered one of the greatest love stories ever told. Ironically there is not much love exhibited throughout the novel from anyone. It is more of a tragedy than anything and if you are into tragic love stories and genius novel structure than this book would be for you.
Pat_McGrown More than 1 year ago
This book is very complex for an average person to read. The plot itself is interesting as towards the end you want to find out what happens. One strength that this story has is that you feel for the characters that are in the story. A great book is one that the reader can zone in on a character and understand the emotions that the character is going through. The main characters Heathcliff and Catherine are very relatable. Women can feel for Catherine as she struggles to find her true love and tries to find the right man. Ultimately, though, she picks the wrong one. Men can feel for Heathcliff as well. He is a guy who struggles to find success but ends up finding it, even if he takes a toll getting there. One negative that I feel the book has is that it is very hard to read. For example, in the first five chapters, the author was very descriptive to the point where she was overly descriptive. Also, at certain chapters, it is hard to figure out sometimes who is talking as pronouns were used more than proper nouns. All in all, if you like reading books, then this book could be your cup of coffee but it you are a casual reader, you might get bored and confused with this book quick.
JulJH More than 1 year ago
It was a difficult book to get into at first to be honest. Not an easy read for me until I got past the first couple of chapters, not something I strongly favor in my choice of reading. As the story started to develop though, I found it a very active and intriguing novel, something I truly do love when it comes to books. I think Wuthering Heights is a very good discussion book, as I read it was easier to understand while discussing and interacting with the character as they developed through others understanding. One character Joseph was very hard to understand, he spoke in a broken English type of slang, but the version of the book that I had, actually had a notes to the text portion to the novel which explain what Joseph said. I really appreciated that assistant to the book. All in all I really did like reading Wuthering Heights, I thought it was a great story and loved how it was pulling me in more and more. It is very much a mystery novel, trying to figure out who loves who, and which children belongs to which couple, what Heathcliff will do next, and why certain characters act how they do. If you like an intelligently written novel that keeps you guessing, Wuthering Heights is the novel for you!
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Shrew More than 1 year ago
I read Wuthering Heights in high school, and when I saw the paperback I wanted to read it again. I enjoyed it even more years later. I suggest revisiting books that were required reading in school.
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