Wuthering Heights (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions) [NOOK Book]

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When Mr. Lockwood, the new tenant at Thrushcross Grange, visits his landlord at Wuthering Heights, he is astounded by the unorthodox character of the man and his household. Back at the Grange, he asks his servant, Nelly, about the family. She tells him a strange, multigenerational tale of love, class, jealousy, and revenge.

     Thirty years earlier, Mr. Earnshaw, master of Wuthering Heights, returned from a trip to Liverpool with an unkempt orphan in tow, announcing to his wife and children ...

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Overview

When Mr. Lockwood, the new tenant at Thrushcross Grange, visits his landlord at Wuthering Heights, he is astounded by the unorthodox character of the man and his household. Back at the Grange, he asks his servant, Nelly, about the family. She tells him a strange, multigenerational tale of love, class, jealousy, and revenge.

     Thirty years earlier, Mr. Earnshaw, master of Wuthering Heights, returned from a trip to Liverpool with an unkempt orphan in tow, announcing to his wife and children that the child was now a member of the family. While young Catherine Earnshaw became close with this boy, Heathcliff, her older brother Hindley sank into bitter resentment of the urchin who had usurped his father’s and his sister’s affections—a feeling that only deepened when his father sent him away to college. As Catherine and Heathcliff grew into young adults, and their affection blossomed into desire, Hindley’s resentment boiled over into hatred, setting the stage for a tragic and twisted drama whose aftermath would shake the foundations of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

     Introduced to a serpentine plot; emotionally tortured, larger-than-life characters; and a richly gothic atmosphere, many critics viewed Wuthering Heights as a brilliant folly when it was first published. Readers have spent the last century and a half making it one of the most popular novels in history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435141322
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 72,921
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Emily Brontё was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1818. With her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, she published the pseudonymous Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell in 1846. Wuthering Heights, Emily’s only novel, was published in 1847 under the name Ellis Bell. In fragile health for much of her life, she died in 1848.
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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    A Great Classic Read

    This book will always and forever be one of my favorites. The characters are very unconventional in the fact that they are created as flawed and real human beings. The way that Catherine Earnshaw was such a selfish human was realistic to me. The way that Heathcliff was so cruel, but loved Catherine so much was realistic.
    The structure of the book was beautiful as well as the writing.
    I would suggest this to people who enjoy classic literature. I would not suggest this to most people who have read Stephenie Meyers' "Twilight" without them knowing that the love affair between Catherine and Heathcliff is not at all healthy and slightly disturbing. Its not like Edward and Bella.

    43 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    I love this story

    It is the classic crazy love story. The two main charcaters, Cathy and Heathcliff, are madly in love with each other, but both feel it is an impossible love. Cathy marries money in hopes to help Heathcliff, Heathcliff runs off to better himself in hopes to deserve Cathy. It is a mixed up story full of fantastic charcters and an ever twisting plot. And it has, I believe, one of the most romantic endings ever written. I highly recommend this book!

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Buyer Beware! NO illustrations!

    I purchased this classic book over other less costly ebook editions because it was advertised as including "beautiful illustrations". IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY ILLUSTRATIONS! I was very disappointed, and with ebooks, once you click on "buy", you are stuck with the book! Shame on the publisher for deceptive advertising!

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    okay book

    I read this book because it was mention in Twilight and because it was written by one of the Bronte sisters. I really was not that into it because it was so hateful and selfish.We all make mistakes but the ones they made were big ones. I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not want to read about hateful people. This book shows the dark side about love and how their love and themselves destroyed them and the people around them.

    9 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Gothically spellbinding!

    Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is my favorite gothic romance classics of all times!<BR/><BR/>I like the format in which the narration is structured, where the story was shared between Ms. Dean and Lockwood. Bronte did a great job of balancing the narrative in a way where I was never confused on who was telling the story. At times, I sensed Nelly's biased toward certain characters, but her detail and recount was thorough and engaging. Telling it in Nelly and Lockwood's perspective allowed me to see more into the characters and their desires, motives and struggles, even after the climactic event of Catherine's death. This could not have been possible if it was told in Heathcliff or Catherine's perspective.<BR/><BR/>I noticed throughout the novel how Bronte used parallel elements to compare and contrast people, places and things in her story. For example, Wuthering Heights was painted as an unrefined and dark home, where Thrushgrove Grange was described as polished, gentle and inviting similar to the inhabitants of each residence. In addition, Cathy and young Catherine were different, yet very similar in many ways. She used this style throughout her novel; these are just two examples that help paint a well-rounded picture of the events and the overall storyline.<BR/><BR/>Most of all, the novel is such a passionate tale of a doomed love between two people who can never be together in their life time. Even though Heathcliff is portrayed as a malicious and vengeful person, my compassion for him never wavered. At times, I found myself being a proponent of his efforts, especially when enacting revenge upon Hindley. He was my favorite character throughout the novel despite his acts because I could sense Heathcliff's passion and true love for Cathy even after her death when he was more determined to pose revenge on those who kept them apart. If it were merely lust for Cathy, his efforts would have ended when she died. This is truly a love story that cannot be fulfilled in their lifetime. <BR/><BR/>Overall, I was glad to see Bronte structure a happy ending by joining young Catherine and Hareton because in a sense it was like she joined Heathcliff and Catherine and gave them their happy ending.<BR/><BR/>This is a novel I will read over and over again!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Enjoyable classic romance

    The reading was a bit hard to follow in the beginning but as I read on and got more aquainted with the characters it began to become easier to read. I read it in two days the book was that good. My first instinct with to loathe Heathcliff and Catherine for there relationship, but in the end I realized that circumstances were hard and that love did win out.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    More then skin deep.

    After reading some of the scathing reviews on this book I had to put in my two cents. Wuthering Heights is by no means a dainty, happy book. But it has a deeper meaning in my opinion. I believe when Emily Bronte wrote this she was giving an example of an extreme. The pain one would incur from unrequited love and the misery of unchecked revenge. I think she speaks to the sensible side of all who read her works. To caution against foolish inclinations and to show how you should react to situations and what could happen if you reaction is unreasonable. For those of you who have read it, I am comparing Heathcliffe and Cathy with Hareton and young Cathy. For those of you who haven't, just pay attention, look deeper, see what you think. But please, don't take this work as a sad work of fiction, look beyond the surface and see how this could apply to your own life. See how even though things could be unfair, cruel, and hard that life can still be worth living because you never know what could be waiting for you in the end.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Wuthering Heights (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

    Emily Bronte has written one of the most romantic stories I have ever read in Wuthering Heights, but the beginning is difficult to read and the characters have no redeeming qualities except their love for each other. Htis book is almost obnoxious because the characters are so selfish! However, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is amazing in comparison. I have loved that book forever which is why I read this one. Read this book for the experience and the feeling of accomplishment at the end. THe ending is what gave it 4 stars, in my opinion. Overall it was a good book, just not outstanding.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Not my cup of tea.

    Well. That was a downer. Big surprise, I know. Was that a love story? A warning? A testimony to cousins marrying? The story of Catherine and Healthcliff, and Heathcliff's revenge on her family. I don't understand why he's such a romantic character. Is it because any piece of humanity he may have had was destroyed by her and yet all he wanted was to be with her in death? Is that romantic? I thought he was a terrible, terrible man. The pages I enjoyed most were approximately the last twenty. I very much enjoyed Hareton and Catherine's relationship, but the rest made me sad and gloomy, which seems to be the predominate theme. I could understand and relate to it much better now than when I first read it, at twelve, but it's not the type I'd read for pleasure again.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    Not Sure ....

    I like the story but the old english makes it hard to follow. I had to read slow and back track constantly & I actually had to put this down for a while because the language was losing my interest. But the story itself is great and it's definitely a classic. So if you can get past the old english than go for it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Hard Read

    I'm a huge fan of the Twilight series and since this book was mentioned quite a few times, I thought I'd give it a go. After reading Stephenie Meyer books though, I found Wuthering Heights to be a difficult read. It is of course a classic and one that everyone on earth should read at some point. It gave me topics of discussion at the workplace and with some friends as well. However, it is a slow read because the dialect is not what I am used to. I can say that I expanded my vocabulary with this one!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    The Characters Make the Story

    When I first began reading Wuthering Heights, it seemed like every turning of a page was work, it just simply wasn't what I was expecting. It seemed to lack passion, it was void of any sign of life, but something about it made me keep reading it compulsively. Not until the very end did I encounter the real power of the novel. The magic it holds comes neither from love, nor passion, but from its profound characters. They are ingeniously flawed in a way that enables readers to deeply relate to and even find themselves in them. Heathcliff is the most fascinating character I've ever encountered. He's dark, unsettling, and incredibly selfish and cold, yet his most enthralling quality is that we know he is capable of giving in to temptation and falling in love with Catherine. In contrast, Catherine's vulnerability is what makes her so appealing to us as readers, because we see that she leaps into a love that will eventually consume her.


    Wuthering Heights is hardly a pretty love story; it's a dark, disturbing tale unraveling around obsession and revenge. It tells of two star crossed loved who ignore their hearts' desires and let their heads get in the way of what fate has in store for them. The story unfolds as an extended flashback through the eyes of Nelly Deans, Catherine's family's maid. The story is about the forbidden love between Catherine and Heathcliff (an orphan Catherine's father picks up off the streets of Liverpool). Although the reader gets a sense that these two are soul mates, Catherine ends up marrying another, hence beginning a treacherous cycle of obsession and revenge that would be bequeathed to the next generation. Personally, I've never come across a more enchanting book that, due to its characters, entangles the reader inside their worlds with incredible intensity and strength. The power of the novel is hidden in its characters and their battle to reach their designated fate against all odds. Wuthering Heights is an intense tale of two flawed individuals trapped in an obsessive love that turns to dark madness. It is an excellently written novel that everyone should read at least once.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    hands down best book ever written

    I don't think I can express how much I love this book! Heathcliff and Catherine's love story is so passionate and so much more different than any other I have read. The characters seem so real, it's hard to imagine that they only exist in writing. Every time I read this I find myself falling more and more in love with it--and I catch myself finding things that I missed before. You can't fully appreciate this novel unless you read it more than once! Bronte's writing definitely challenges readers but it is well worth it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Superb in Every Way

    This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Emily Bronte's masterpiece thoroughly captivated my attention for its entire duration, never dulling for a moment. Without spoiling a plot of epic proportions, it is sufficient to say that this is perhaps the best novel involving tragedy and romance ever written.

    Character development is wonderfully descriptive in Wuthering Heights, while still being concise and clear in reference to which person is being referred to. The brilliance of the landscape was beautifully portrayed and added considerably to the agenda of the plot. Furthermore, the manner is which the story was told was equally satisfying.

    Wuthering Heights was an all-around fantastic read. Personally, I can find no faults with it whatsoever. I -highly- suggest this novel for anyone. It will always be an absolute fixture in my library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2009

    Absolutely terrible

    There are very few books in this world that I absolutely hate and this is one of the key culprits. I abhor this book. The first time I was forced to read this book was in middle school. From the very first page to the last, I found myself hating the main characters more and more. I loathe, despise, and abominate this book. I have no sympathy for either Heathcliff or Catherine. I think they are both snivelling, whiny, selfish brats. There are only a few other books that rival this one in terms of being badly written "literature." They are "Twilight" (really, any book in that series was terrible), "Moll Flanders," and "Tess of the D'Ubervilles." Classics? I think not!

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

    Love This Book

    I loved this book! I heard about it in Twilight and couldnt put it down. At first the old fashioned talk was hard to understand but i got used to it soon. I love how unlike in Twilight, there really isnt a happy ending. Heathcliff and Catherine are made for each other but they make each other miserable too. I love how Heathcliff is so unlike Edward in Twilight. I think this book is just as romantic as Twilight but different. Its amazing and everyone should read it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Wuthering Heights (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

    I loved Jane Eyre and all of Charlotte Bronte's other books, but Wuthering Heights was just not as good. Emily Bronte was sadly not as talented as her sisters. Anne Bronte's books were much better than this. It ends up being very romantic at the end, which makes up for other faults, but the characters are so hateful! They made me want to scream because they were so selfish! it is a classic, so read it for the educational experience, but dont expect to finish it quickly.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Classic

    Difficult to read due to the language and time period of when this book was written. Definitely worth the read though. It is a timepless classic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Not what i thought

    i read this book because it was never forced in school; so i didn't understand when "bella" would address it in the "twilight" saga. i HAD to understand what she was talking about and why she loved the book SO MUCH.
    i did love this book, even though it is sick and twisted.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Have read before will read again!

    Love the Bronte sisters! Though must admit love Jane Eyre a bit better than Wuthering Heights, but great read and nothing like the sister's work! The Barnes and Noble Classice series is especially enjoyable as there are references and footnotes...worth the purchase! A classic for a reason...give it your time!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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