Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate.
Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of the bond between Cathy and Heathcliff creates a maelstrom of cruelty and violence which will leave one of them dead and cast a shadow over the lives of their children.
Emily Brontë's classic book remains a stunningly original and shocking exploration of obsessive passion.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell.
About the Author:
Emily Brontë was born on 30 July 1818 to Maria Branwell and an Irish father, Patrick Brontë. She was the second youngest of six siblings, though two of her elder sisters died in childhood. Educated at home in Yorkshire with her three siblings, sisters Anne and Charlotte, and brother Branwell, the girls began writing stories based upon an imaginary world. In 1842, Emily and her sister Charlotte travelled to Brussels to work as teachers.
However, they both returned home in January 1844 and Emily became a housekeeper, writing poetry in her spare time. A book of poems by the three sisters was published in 1846.
All three sisters were busy writing novels, however, and in December 1847, Emily's extraordinary novel, Wuthering Heights was published. The violence and wild passion of Wuthering Heights led the Victorian public and several early reviewers to think that it had been written by a man, and many were appalled to discover otherwise.
However, the novel has since been heralded as an English literary classic, though this was something Emily never came to see. She died a year after Wuthering Heights was published, in December 1848, at only 30 years of age.