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The Birth of Wuthering Heights : Emily Brontë at Work - Edward Chitham

The Birth of Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë at Work

Paperback Published: 16th February 1998
ISBN: 9780333945452
Number Of Pages: 218
For Ages: 9+ years old

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Chitham argues that "Wuthering Heights" was recast and expanded between its first submission to a publisher in 1846 and its final acceptance and publication in late 1847. He suggests that the well-known chronological coherence of the book was an innovation of the second version and explores the anomalies which still remain.

'Anagramatic exploration of names, scouring of maps and locations...a startling dexterity with dates, a breathtaking clarity in complexity are all displayed in what is nothing less than a tour-de-force. For all who continue to be intrigued by the mysteries of Emily Brontë's elusive genius, this is a book to be read at a sitting and then to keep to hand. It is a fine detective book and celebration of a poet-novelist-novelist-poet who, as her sister Charlotte tells us, was never afraid of hard work.' - Brian Wilks, Brontë Society Transactions

Preface to paperback editionp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Emily Bronte and the Craft of Literaturep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Physical Conditions of Workp. 7
Learning's Golden Minep. 17
Inspiration and Labour in Emily Bronte's Poetryp. 33
Drafting, Correction and Fair Copy: Emily Bronte in Brusselsp. 55
Organisational Skill: the Poems from 1844 to 1846p. 67
Wuthering Heightsp. 83
Wuthering Heights: The Problemp. 85
The First Phasep. 97
The First Version: Adapting Gondalp. 108
Autumn and Winter: After the Poem Revisionp. 123
The Development of the First Versionp. 137
Rejection and its Consequences: Return to Fictional Poetryp. 144
The Development of Part Twop. 158
The Three Housekeepers of Wuthering Heightsp. 168
Sculpting the Statue: A Chronology of the Process of Writing Wuthering Heightsp. 173
Objections and Implicationsp. 182
Postscriptp. 191
Emily's Second Novelp. 193
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780333945452
ISBN-10: 033394545X
Audience: General
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 16th February 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 15.29  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1