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: 198,429
  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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.

    4 out of 4 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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  • 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 5 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Idk

    Was I the only one who came looking for this book while reading the Harry Styles fanfiction called 'After'.? Haha if you like One Direction you should really read it on Wattpad.
    -Alyssaxx

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    I don't understand all the rave

    I have read many a classic and this one is so far below par that it took me a week and half to force myself to stay awake long enough to finish. I have never read about more selfish characters in my life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I read the book after watching the movie. I found out that the movie has the same name and characters, but otherwise is very different from the book. The book is a very dark story, but extremely interesting and well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

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    I know that many people love this book, I however cannot. I have

    I know that many people love this book, I however cannot. I have read this book several times at different points in time. There are many great qualities about the book, just not enough to take it out of the mud for me.
    The characterization is smart, yet not enough. There are many plot twists, however there is just too many peek-aboos that just doesn't add up and doesn't make sense.

    It's great to read the descriptions of the England moors, castles and different characters' depictions, unfortunately though depictions alone do not make the story. It's one of those classics that is a must read for the sake of learning that not everything that is written a long time ago is a great book. This I think was a great attempt at a great novel, unfortunately for us readers Bronte fell short of the threshold.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Genius

    I loved this book. At first, it is a little slow and hard to understand, but as the story unfolds, you delve into the family history of The main characters Cathy and Heathcliff. Their character histories are so detailed that I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. The style of writing is very unique and interesting. The ending was unexpected (for me) and held a melancholy sort of happiness. Loved it! <3 I recommend another great book by the author's sister, Charlotte Bronte.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2009

    Wuthering Heights

    I somewhat enjoyed reading Wuthering Heights. The characters and their stories are certainly some of the most complicated I have ever encountered. The whole story centers around the undying love between Heathcliff and Catherine and how their love affects their actions and others around them.
    I was not sure whether to hate or love the main characters, Heathcliff and Catherine. Heathcliff at first seems to be a crazed, cruel man who does not care about other people. As his history is revealed however, he transforms into a broken hearted lover intent on revenge. I sympathized with him up to a certain extent. His cruelty toward people who have never done anything to harm him seemed harsh. Catherine is a spoiled, arrogant, and headstrong girl. I disagreed with many of her actions, including the one to marry Edgar Linton. She did that, not out of love, but because she wished to gain social status; a decision I felt was selfish and shallow.
    Wuthering Heights is not the easiest book to read, especially considering the fact that it was written in the 1800's. Much of the language and culture of the story seems foreign to readers now. Although I had difficulty understanding the language of this book, I did not find it difficult to understand the themes of it. It seems that Emily Bronte's themes transcend the changes in culture and language. I clearly understood her theme of undying love represented in both Heathcliff and Catherine's relationship and Hareton and Catherine's (daughter of Edgar Linton and Catherine). The theme of revenge also runs strong. The later half of the story surrounds Heathcliff's vengeful actions.
    A feeling of ominous darkness surrounds the plot. I felt slightly depressed while reading this book. Ghostly appearances and the dark setting add to the mystery of the story. Although slightly perturbed by the disturbingly shallow and cruel characters, dark themes, and images in Wuthering Heights, I enjoyed the original plot of it. Although Wuthering Heights is confusing, it is a good book to read if you are hungry for a story about the fierce and dark passion between two people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    i was so disapointed!

    i bought this after my new years resolution to read all the classics and started with this book. i think it is the writing style and wording the threw me off with this book, it didnt seem to flow and was difficult for me to finish. and it is supposed to be one of the greatest books ever, ad i couldnt pick it up!! very disapointing, the way the story writes, is a good book but badly writen.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    My favorite book from the Bronte sisters

    Emily Bronte wrote a novel that is much better than Jane Eyre because Wuthering Heights deals with the complex relationships between the characters and is less far-fetched. Catherine and Heathcliff love each other but their love for one another is destructive to everyone else and each other. The supporting characters set up road blocks in Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship, but even if they were together, they probably would not have last since there relationship is so volatile. The dynamics of the relationships are engaging for the reader.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    Movie has always been my favorite, now wonderful to have the book, love it.

    Movie has always been a favorite, now wonderful to have the book, love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Considering the difficulties getting published

    How did they manage before typewriters and good postal service? What family of writers could do the same today? Very modern story of disfunctional family with abused wife an alcoholic wreck a sadistic rags to riches recluse and film noir in each scene including the lover's ghost. Pagecounter

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