Book 16: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A beautiful masterpiece written by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, has been a classic since it was first published in 1847. Surrounded by the wild moors, falling in love, choices of marriage, and dark vengeful jealously, it is a book that everyone should read and meet the much beloved characters, Cathy and Heathcliff.
“My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath…I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself – but as my own being”
In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention, an instinct for poetry and for the dark depths of human psychology that make it one of the greatest novels of passion ever written.
Although Wuthering Heights shocked many of its readers in 1847, it none the less enjoyed modest success in its time. After the death of Emily in 1848, an interest in the work was boosted by association with the success of Charlotte’s novels.
Charlotte Bronte comments on her sister’s novel, “Wuthering Heights was hewn in a wild workshop, with simple tools, out of homely materials. The statuary found a granite block on a solitary moor…with time and labour the crag took human shape and there it stands colossal.”