Wuthering Heights (Deluxe Signature Classic Series)

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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.

In nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and ...

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Overview

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.

In nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and many others, even in the next generation.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-British actor Martin Shaw reads this shortened version of the classic Emily Bronte novel. His easily-understood accent is appropriate and helps to set the mood. Shaw reads at a very steady pace, pausing effectively for emphasis or when his character might be thinking. Usually calm and gentle, his voice can resonate with anger or other emotion when necessary. There is some differentiation in pitch to emphasize male vs. female speech, but it is not exaggerated or overdone. The abridgement retains Bronte's words linking speech or narration sometimes from one page to another. It provides students with an easier way to become familiar with the story and get a feel for her style. Teachers could use this presentation to introduce the novel or to entice students to read it on their own.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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This abridged presentation of a classic brings to life Bronte's gothic romance and provides a powerful reading by Martin Shaw, whose voice perfectly captures this dark story of the moors. Those reluctant to read the full classic will find this audio version compelling and hard to quit listening to.
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An intriguing tale of revenge in which the main characters are controlled by consuming passions. This novel was once considered such a risk by its publishers that Emily Bronte had to defray the cost of publication until a sufficient number of copies had been sold.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582790459
  • Publisher: Trident Reference Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Signature Classics Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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1801

I have just returned from a visit to my landlord--the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist's heaven; and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow! He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name.

"Mr. Heathcliff?" I said.

A nod was the answer.

"Mr. Lockwood, your new tenant, sir. I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts--"

"Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir," he interrupted, wincing. "I should not allow any one to inconvenience me, if I could hinder it--walk in!"

The "walk in" was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, "Go to the deuce": even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathizing movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.

When he saw my horse's breast fairly pushing the barrier, he did put out his hand to unchain it, and then sullenly preceded me up the causeway, calling, as we entered thecourt--"Joseph, take Mr. Lockwood's horse; and bring up some wine."

"Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose," was the reflection suggested by this compound order. "No wonder the grass grows up between the flags, and cattle are the only hedge-cutters."

Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy. "The Lord help us!" he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.

Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. "Wuthering" being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun. Happily the architect had foresight to build it strong: the narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.

Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date "1500," and the name "Hareton Earnshaw." I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.

One step brought us into the family sitting-room, without any introductory lobby or passage. They call it here "the house" pre-eminently. It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls. One end, indeed, reflected splendidly both light and heat from ranks of immense pewter dishes, interspersed with silver jugs and tankards, towering row after row, on a vast oak dresser, to the very roof. The latter had never been underdrawn: its entire anatomy lay bare to an inquiring eye, except where a frame of wood laden with oatcakes and clusters of legs of beef, mutton, and ham concealed it. Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily painted canisters disposed along its ledge. The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade. In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.

The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters. Such an individual seated in his armchair, his mug of ale frothing on the round table before him, is to be seen in any circuit of five or six miles among these hills, if you go at the right time after dinner. But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living. He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose. Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of underbred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness. He'll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again. No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over liberally on him. Mr. Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me. Let me hope my constitution is almost peculiar: my dear mother used to say I should never have a comfortable home; and only last summer I proved myself perfectly unworthy of one.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Editors' Preface
Introduction 1
1 A Fresh Approach to Wuthering Heights 24
2 Wuthering Heights as Classic 39
3 Framing in Wuthering Heights 54
4 Gender and Layered Narrative in Wuthering Heights 74
5 Gender and Genre in Wuthering Heights 86
6 Voicing a Silent History: Wuthering Heights as Dialogic Text 100
7 Myths of Power in Wuthering Heights 118
8 Looking Oppositely: Emily Bronte's Bible of Hell 131
9 The Language of Familial Desire 161
10 The (Self-)Identity of the Literary Text: Property, Proper Place, and Proper Name in Wuthering Heights 176
Further Reading 204
Notes on Contributors 209
Index 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Nope

    To loooooong

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Age appropriate

    I think that this is too mature for a ten year old. It has a hard to follow plot for unexperienced readers, and the vocabulary may be difficult to understand. I would recommend this book for people ages 14 +. This is a very good read, but is not your classic love story. I hope this helps some younger readers decide whether or not to read this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Someone

    A great touching story that everyone should read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Drama in the 1800's

    I loved to hate Heathcliff. But got a little confused at times by the changing point of view in which it is written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    So so read.

    While the writing was eloquent, the characters were selfish, whiny and altogether unlikeable. I'm glad to say i read it, as it is a classic, but i wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Entertaining

    This is not the romantic story I was led to believe. Two of the most selfish people with very dark charcteristics. It was however very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Wuthering heights

    If you like really dark romanticism then this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is fantastic; it is a true classic, and I would recommend it to any who like romantic tragedies with flawed characters.

    That being said, I would warn any Twilight fans that Wuthering Heights is not an easy read, nor is it a typical 'happy ending' book. I would recommend that you research it more before just buying it, else you might be a bit surprised.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Ewwwww

    This book was awful and sad know one should ever have to read thid devastating book i give it half a star. People should want to die while reading this it was so bad i threw up. So take that people dont read the book its that simple



















    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    I read this book for a school assignment and it was one that I a

    I read this book for a school assignment and it was one that I actually really liked! Wuthering Heights has a dynamic plot that spans over a long period of time providing a unique reading experience. Love, Hate and Abuse seem to be common themes throughout the story. It is a classic that can be enjoyed by many different ages.
    Although there was not a specific lesson taught or reason that the book was written it was very well done and i would recommend it to anyone to likes a good love story with drama. The author creates such passion in each of the characters, it is impossible not to become attatched! Good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Such old style and slow pace it is hard to stick with

    tough read so far not interesting enough to keep reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Love this book!

    Remember being "forced" to read it in high school. Now it's one of my all time favorite books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    one of my favs

    love this book and love the way barnes & noble puts it out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights, a classic. Many characters to remember. Only half through the novel. After I complete the novel I will rent the movie to see what I remebered. A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Very good!

    This is a great book! I would reccomend it to the experienced (reading wise) 10 year old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Wuthering heights

    Engaging. A tragic love story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    I found this book not worth it

    While this edition is free, its not worth what space it takes up on your nook. While a very well written book, in the sence that it makes sence and the characters ( at least some) are very well expained, i found this book to be extreamly boring. I compleatly understood the plot, and that being the case, i would rather not have. Heathcliff is a well written character, but his story is not happy nor imteresting in the least. This book was sad, boring, and not something id recomend ti any but the extreamly desprete, depressed romantic. Not worth half of the star i gave it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Seems like a very good classic.

    I purchased this but have not read it. It seems good! It.was free so I figured, "Why not?"

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Dark and beautiful

    Absolutely loved reading this book.

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