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Wuthering Heights : Penguin Classics - Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: March 2003
ISBN: 9780141439556
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance is now visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Bronte Myth, looks at the ways in which the novel has been interpreted, from Charlotte Bronte onwards. This compliments Pauline Nestor's introduction, which discusses changing critical receptions of the novel, as well as Emily Bronte's influences and background.

About the Author

Emily Bronte lived from 1818 to 1848. Although she wrote only Wuthering Heights and about a dozen poms she is accepted as one of the most gifted writers ever. Perhaps the intensity of her writing grew out of the extraordinary pressures of her home life.

Emily's mother died when she was three and she lived with her four sisters and one brother in a bleak, isolated Yorkshire village – Haworth. Her father doted on his only son, Branwell, and expected little from his daughters – they surprised him while Branwell wasted his life and died an alchoholic and drug addict. The girls suffered dreadfully at a cheap boarding school, the oldest two dying of malnutrition. Emily, Charlotte and Anne were brought home just in time but Emily never lost her terrible fear of institutions and of being closed in. The sisters later became governesses to help support Branwell, seen by their father as a future great artist. They also began to publish their writing, under male pen-names as there was much prejudice against women writers. Their first book, a collection of poetry, failed but Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, was highly acclaimed and is still widely read today.

Emily seldom left her home village yet produced one of the most powerful novels of the inner self ever written. She caught a cold at her brother's funeral in 1848 and died a few months later.

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"It is as if Emily Bront could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they
transcend reality."
--Virginia Woolf

List of Illustrationsp. viii
About Longman Cultural Editionsp. ix
About This Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Table of Dates: The Life of Emily Brontep. xxvi
The Chronology of Wuthering Heightsp. xxx
Wuthering Heightsp. 1
Volume 1p. 3
Volume 2p. 141
Contextsp. 299
Biographicalp. 303
Biographical Sketchp. 303
Emily Bronte in Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857)p. 308
Writingsp. 313
from "Diary Papers" (1834-1845)p. 313
"The Cat" (translation) (1842)p. 319
Charlotte Bronte's Selection of Poems by Ellis Bell (1850)p. 320
Charlotte Bronte on Ellis Bellp. 329
from "Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell" (1850)p. 330
from "Editor's Preface" (1850)p. 335
Historical, Social, and Legalp. 339
Heathcliff and the Unsettled Classesp. 339
Nomads of City and Countryp. 341
Henry Mayhew, from London Labour and the London Poor (1861)p. 341
Self-Made Men and Ludditesp. 343
Samuel Smiles, from Self-Help (1859)p. 343
Women's Rights and Rolesp. 348
Ellis Bell and Sarah Stickney Ellisp. 348
Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England, Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1839)p. 349
Harriet Martineau, from "On Female Education" (1823)p. 352
Wills, Women, and Propertyp. 355
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, from A Brief Summary, in Plain Language, of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women (1854)p. 355
A Tale of Two Houses: Interiors and Servantsp. 357
Interiorsp. 358
John Ruskin, from "The Nature of Gothic," The Stones of Venice (1851-1853)p. 359
Domestic Servantsp. 361
Isabella Beeton, from The Book of Household Management (1861)p. 362
Regional and Popularp. 366
Where Are the Brontes From?p. 366
Ireland, Heathcliff, and the Brontesp. 367
William Wright, from The Brontes in Ireland (1893)p. 368
Yorkshire: Regionalism, Dialect, and Balladsp. 374
Regionalismp. 374
Elizabeth Gaskell, from The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857)p. 375
Dialectp. 377
Richard Blakeborough, from Wit, Character, Folklore and Customs of the North Riding of Yorkshire (1898)p. 377
Balladsp. 380
Anonymous, "The Ghaist's Warning" (1812)p. 382
Pilgrims to Haworthp. 387
Matthew Arnold, from "Haworth Churchyard, April 1855" (1877)p. 387
Claude Meeker, from "Haworth; Home of the Brontes" (1895)p. 390
Virginia Woolf, from "Haworth, November 1904" (1904)p. 393
Shifting Literary Honors and the Beaten Trackp. 395
Critical and Artfulp. 398
Reviews of Wuthering Heights, 1848-1851p. 399
from Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper (January 1848)p. 399
from Atlas (January 1848)p. 400
G. W. P[eck], from "Wuthering Heights," The American Review (June 1848)p. 401
[E. P. Whipple], from "Novels of the Season," North American Review (October 1848)p. 403
[George Henry Lewes], from The Leader (December 1850)p. 404
[Sydney Dobell], from Eclectic Review (February 1851)p. 405
Early Criticismp. 406
Algernon Charles Swinburne, from "Emily Bronte" (1883)p. 406
Angus M. MacKay, from The Brontes: Fact and Fiction (1897)p. 407
Mary A. Ward [Mrs. Humphry Ward], from "Introduction," Wuthering Heights, Haworth Edition (1900)p. 409
May Sinclair, from The Three Brontes (1912)p. 410
Virginia Woolf, from "Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights" (1916)p. 412
Sites and Resources on the Brontesp. 413
Exhibitsp. 413
Selected Web sitesp. 415
Adaptations and Translationsp. 415
Performancesp. 415
Film/Television Adaptationsp. 417
Some Translationsp. 418
Some Sequels, Pendants, and Biographical Fictionp. 422
Further Readingp. 425
General Resources and Biographical Studiesp. 425
Popular Reception and Travels to Bronte Countryp. 430
Selected Criticism Since 1995p. 430
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ISBN: 9780141439556
ISBN-10: 0141439556
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: March 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1