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Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics) (original 1847; edition 2008)

by Emily Bronte, Helen Small, Ian Jack (Editor)

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Title:Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics)
Authors:Emily Bronte
Other authors:Helen Small, Ian Jack (Editor)
Info:Oxford University Press (2008), Edition: Reprint, Kindle Edition, 202 pages
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This really was a horrid experience for me. I hated Healthcliff so much that it just ruined the whole book for me. I mean I like stories of revenge but this was just treacherous. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
Preface
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Text
Genealogical Table
Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell
Editor's Preface to the New (1850) Edition


--Wuthering Heights

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  E.P.G | May 30, 2016 |
In terms of a concise review of this literary classic, I don't think anyone could do better than Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as quoted in Wikipedia: "A fiend of a book – an incredible monster ... The action is laid in hell, – only it seems places and people have English names there."

Wuthering Heights is a strange book about the members of the Earnshaw family and their few associates--isolated people who live on the moors of northern England. They are not shy about hurling verbal abuse at each other and openly wishing for certain among them to die. Into this morass the Earnshaw father brings a laconic, dark boy he names Heathcliff. The boy is unloved and treated as a servant, but he does develop a close connection to the teenage Earnshaw daughter Cathy. When Cathy marries another, Heathcliff goes away and comes back wealthy, but more diabolical than before. Heathcliff's revenge has far-ranging effects, even into the second generation. Eventually, Heathcliff finds an unorthodox way to reunite with his beloved.

Some regard Wuthering Heights as a love story, but what struck me most in this reading (I had read the book years ago) was how toxic all the characters are to one another. The moors may be a place of wild, unspoiled beauty, but isolation and bad weather seem to bring out the worst in people.

Recommended as a classic work of English literature, but not necessarily as an enjoyable read. ( )
  akblanchard | May 11, 2016 |
ugh! worst book ever written! all i wanted to do the whole time i was reading it was tear it up, burn it and repeat the process! my mother in law works for the department of education. We share books, so I let her read it. She hated it! Her only comment "I didn't like it because of the way that one guy 'Joesoph' spoke." And i agree with her he made that whole book confusing as shit! ( )
  ShelbyFink | Apr 28, 2016 |
This book has so much hype so I expected it to be amazing. Boy was I let down! I didn't really care for this book at all. And people say Heathcliff and Catherine's love was so epic, but he was a horrible person who did nothing but torment others. I don't know, maybe I just didn't get it, but I wasn't impressed in the slightest. ( )
  Tabatha014 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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"wild, confused; disjointed and improbable"
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"In Wuthering Heights the reader is shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, and the most diabolical hate and vengeance" ... "[it is] impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about it".
added by GYKM | editDouglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper
 
"How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery. It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors."
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"We know nothing in the whole range of our fictitious literature which presents such shocking pictures of the worst forms of humanity."
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a "disagreeable story" ... the Bells "seem to affect painful and exceptional subjects"
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Brontë, Emilyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jack, IanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Stoneman, PatsyIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booker, NellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daiches, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Exell, FredCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Forster, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henderson, PhilipEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hinton, S. E.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lane, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merkin, DaphneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ward, CandaceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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1801—I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
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...he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.
...my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and, if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees - my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath - a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, 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 -...
...for what is not connected with her to me? and what does not recall her? I cannot look down to this floor, but her features are shaped in the flags! In every cloud, in every tree - filling the air at night, and caught by glimpses in every object, by day I am surrounded with her image! The most ordinary faces of men, and women - my own features - mock me with a resemblance. The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!
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"My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.

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In 19th century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and many others, even in the next generation.

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