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Wuthering Heights [Paperback]

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 17, 2005
Publisher   A Bed Book
ISBN  1933652098  
ISBN13  9781933652092  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Emily Jane Bronte was the most solitary member of a unique, tightly-knit, English provincial family. Born in 1818, she shared the parsonage of the town of Haworth, Yorkshire, with her older sister, Charlotte, her brother, Branwell, her younger sister, Anne, and her father, The Reverend Patrick Bronte. All five were poets and writers; all but Branwell would publish at least one book.

Fantasy was the Bronte children's one relief from the rigors of religion and the bleakness of life in an impoverished region. They invented a series of imaginary kingdoms and constructed a whole library of journals, stories, poems, and plays around their inhabitants. Emily's special province was a kingdom she called Gondal, whose romantic heroes and exiles owed much to the poems of Byron.

Brief stays at several boarding schools were the sum of her experiences outside Haworth until 1842, when she entered a school in Brussels with her sister Charlotte. After a year of study and teaching there, they felt qualified to announce the opening of a school in their own home, but could not attract a single pupil.

In 1845 Charlotte Bronte came across a manuscript volume of her sister's poems. She knew at once, she later wrote, that they were "not at all like poetry women generally write...they had a peculiar music-wild, melancholy, and elevating." At her sister's urging, Emily's poems, along with Anne's and Charlotte's, were published pseudonymously in 1846. An almost complete silence greeted this volume, but the three sisters, buoyed by the fact of publication, immediately began to write novels. Emily's effort was Wuthering Heights; appearing in 1847 it was treated at first as a lesser work by Charlotte, whose Jane Eyre had already been published to great acclaim. Emily Bronte's name did not emerge from behind her pseudonym of Ellis Bell until the second edition of her novel appeared in 1850.

In the meantime, tragedy had struck the Bronte family. In September of 1848 Branwell had succumbed to a life of dissipation. By December, after a brief illness, Emily too was dead; her sister Anne would die the next year. Wuthering Heights, Emily's only novel, was just beginning to be understood as the wild and singular work of genius that it is. "Stronger than a man," wrote Charlotte, "Simpler than a child, her nature stood alone."

Emily Bronte lived in Thornton. Emily Bronte was born in 1818 and died in 1848.

Emily Bronte has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Penguin Classics

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Romance... Or Reality Check?   May 20, 2007
This is an interesting book in that people tend to take it in one of two ways. People either feel that Miss Bronte is drawing a love story between Heathcliff and the 1st Catherine or that Miss Bronte is is pointing out the worthlessness and 'terrible truth' of the failings of romantic love. I myself leans towards the latter. (For one thing, the first Catherine dies 1/2 way through the story!) The story is basically this. Mr. Earnshaw (father of Hindley and the 1st Catherine) brings home an abandoned child. (Heathcliff) At the risk of oversimplifying, Heathcliff is basically responsible for rifts in the Earnshaw household. (For one thing, with some justification, Hindley feels that he has lost his father's affection to Heathcliff.) Heathcliff seems to bring out the worst in both Hindley and Catherine. While we may sympathize with Heathcliff from time to time, he basically represents vengeance and destruction. Moving on, you'll probably notice that while certain characters display passion for each other, the happiness DOES NOT last into the marriage. We may be tempted to think that the character Nelly Dean is in fact, Emily Bronte herself scoffing at the very characters she created. Moving on, the first Catherine (who married Edgar Linton) dies leaving behind one daughter. (Cathy) The widower Hindley dies leaving behind a brain damaged son. (Hareton) The story then switches focus to Hareton, the widower Edgar, Edgar's daughter Cathy, and Heathcliff's son Linton. It is interesting that Edgar is the most likable once he is a widower trying to raise his daughter. Heathcliff remains a character of darkness and vengeance bringing pain and torment to the surviving characters. (For someone who is famous for supposedly loving the 1st Catherine, he sure doesn't mention her much! Nor does he seem to have problems treating her daughter wickedly. There is something called false imprisonment as well as kidnapping!) I don't want to ruin the book for those of you who haven't read it yet. But there is an interesting resolution that to some extent gives the 'romantic at heart' what they want. However, at the same time, Heathcliff's expansion of character is notably limited and not overly convincing. While many see this as a romantic novel, Miss Bronte is offering us an interesting reality check. (Passions are often shortlived and do not usually last once marriage and reality settle in.)

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