A nice edition with 12 original illustrations by Clare Leighton
Wuthering Heights was first published in London in 1847 with the author identified as Ellis Bell. The American edition published a year later incorrectly attributed the book to "The Author of Jane Eyre". Emily's real name did not appear until an 1850 edition. Wuthering Heights's violence and passion led the Victorian public and many early reviewers to think that it had been written by a man. The book was controversial due to its stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality. Even though the novel received mixed reviews when it first came out, and was often condemned for its portrayal of amoral passion, the book subsequently became an English literary classic.