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Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

Author of Wuthering Heights

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About the Author

Emily Bronte, the sister of Charlotte, shared the same isolated childhood on the Yorkshire moors. Emily, however, seems to have been much more affected by the eerie desolation of the moors than was Charlotte. Her one novel, Wuthering Heights (1847), draws much of its power from its setting in that show more desolate landscape. Emily's work is also marked by a passionate intensity that is sometimes overpowering. According to English poet and critic Matthew Arnold, "for passion, vehemence, and grief she had no equal since Byron." This passion is evident in the poetry she contributed to the collection (Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell) published by the Bronte sisters in 1846 under male pseudonyms in response to the prejudices of the time. Her passion reached far force, however, in her novel, Wuthering Heights. Bronte's novel defies easy classification. It is certainly a story of love, but just as certainly it is not a "love story". It is a psychological novel, but is so filled with hints of the supernatural and mystical that the reader is unsure of how much control the characters have over their own actions. It may seem to be a study of right and wrong, but is actually a study of good and evil. Above all, it is a novel of power and fierce intensity that has gripped readers for more than 100 years. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights (1847) 50,297 copies
Emily Brontë: Poems (1973) 204 copies
Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters (1997) — Author — 168 copies
Wuthering Heights and Poems (1900) 97 copies
The Best of the Brontës (2016) 92 copies
A Peculiar Music (1971) 15 copies
C20 Classics Millennium (1999) 7 copies
Poesía completa (2018) 6 copies
Oeuvres, tome 2 (1991) 5 copies
Oeuvres, tome 1 (1990) 4 copies
Oeuvres, tome 3 (1992) 4 copies
Devoirs de Bruxelles (2008) 3 copies
Cahiers de poèmes (1995) 3 copies
Wuthering Heights (2013) 3 copies
Poems (2014) 2 copies
Selected Brontë poems (1985) 2 copies
Poesie: opera completa (2002) 2 copies
Stelle e altre poesie (2005) 2 copies
Gondal poems (1977) 2 copies
嵐が丘 (新潮文庫) (2003) 2 copies
Woeste hoogten 2 copies
Remembrance (2012) 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Last lines (2012) 1 copy
The Brontes 1 copy
Love and Friendship (2013) 1 copy
To Imagination (2012) 1 copy
The Two Children (2012) 1 copy
The old stoic (1990) 1 copy
La Rascruce De Vanturi (2021) 1 copy
Spellbound (2012) 1 copy
My Lady's Grave (2012) 1 copy
The Prisoner 1 copy
Wichrowe wzgorza (2013) 1 copy
2006 1 copy
Two Poems 1 copy
BÚRLIVÉ VÝŠINY (1909) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,225 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 901 copies
English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Contributor — 587 copies
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contributor — 295 copies
Amazons! (1979) — Contributor — 237 copies
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Contributor — 181 copies
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contributor — 168 copies
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Contributor — 125 copies
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 124 copies
Witches' Brew (2002) — Contributor — 121 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 114 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 110 copies
Wuthering Heights [adapted - Oxford Bookworms (1978) — Author — 109 copies
Poems Between Women (1997) — Contributor — 89 copies
Mystery Stories: An Intriguing Collection (1996) — Contributor — 83 copies
Wuthering Heights [1992 film] (1992) — Original novel — 60 copies
Elegy written in a country churchyard and other poems (2009) — Contributor — 41 copies
Wuthering Heights (TreeTops Classics) (2000) — Original Author — 33 copies
Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Contributor — 21 copies
Women on Nature (2021) — Contributor — 20 copies
Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories (2006) — Contributor — 17 copies
Wuthering Heights [1970 film] (2001) — Original novel — 16 copies
The Wrong Turning: Encounters with Ghosts (2021) — Contributor — 11 copies
Wuthering Heights [1998 film] (2005) — Original novel — 10 copies
Selected Brontë Poems (1985) — Author — 10 copies
The Seventeenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1981) — Contributor — 9 copies
Wuthering Heights [1967 TV mini-series] (2009) — Original novel — 9 copies
All Day Long: An Anthology of Poetry for Children (1954) — Contributor — 8 copies
Jane Eyre and Assorted Brontë Juvenalia 1826-1847 (2008) — Contributor — 8 copies
Wuthering Heights [1978 TV mini series] — Original book — 7 copies
Suspense: A Treasury for Young Adults (1966) — Contributor — 6 copies
Wuthering Heights [2003 TV movie] (2004) — Original book — 6 copies
Teen-Age Treasury for Girls (1958) — Contributor — 5 copies
Great Love Scenes from Famous Novels (1943) — Contributor — 5 copies
Collected Classics, Vol. 2 (2000) — Contributor — 3 copies
Worlds Greatest Classics (Box Set of 4 Books) (2021) — Contributor — 2 copies
Maestros Ingleses, Tomo III (1962) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Brontë, Emily Jane
Other names
Bell, Ellis (pseudonym)
Date of death
Burial location
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Haworth, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Thornton, Yorkshire, England, UK
Place of death
Haworth, Yorkshire, England, UK
Cause of death
Places of residence
Thornton, Yorkshire, England, UK
Haworth, Yorkshire, England, UK
Brussels, Belgium
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, UK
private school, Brussels
at home
Pensionnat Heger, Brussels, Belgium
Miss Wooler's school
Brontë, Anne (sister)
Brontë, Charlotte (sister)
Brontë, Branwell (brother)
Brontë, Reverend Patrick (father)
Short biography
Emily Brontë was born in Yorkshire, England, one of the six children of Patrick Brontë, a clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell. She and her siblings wrote fantastical stories together, creating imaginary worlds filled with romantic and military adventures.

At age 20, Emily worked briefly as a teacher before returning home to the parsonage at Haworth, where she continued to write poetry and fiction as well as doing much of the housework. In 1846, with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell," she jointly published a volume of poems entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In 1847, she published her only novel, Wuthering Heights. She died the following year at age 30 of tuberculosis, a disease that plagued her family.
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Do not combine Emily with either or both of her sisters. Thank you.



November 2023: The Brontë Sisters in Monthly Author Reads (Saturday 12:45pm)
Wuthering Heights in Someone explain it to me... (January 27)
Wuthering Heights in Gothic Literature (March 2018)
Defense of Heathcliff in The Brontës (March 2014)
Best Bronte Quote? in The Brontës (January 2014)
Jane Eyre/Wuthering Heights in Books Compared (March 2013)
September: Bronte: Wuthering Heights in Monthly Author Reads (January 2011)


The story takes place in Wuthering Heights and sometimes Thrushcross Grange, introducing various characters - some with Northern dialects. The insults and upsets are different to those in the modern age, and the stereotypes are challenged. The characters also show different levels of resilience in various situations, such as a storm, love, and death.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Louisesk | 675 other reviews | Nov 25, 2023 |
Enjoyed it more once I started to enjoy the reading more than the content if that makes sense.
Everyone is a psycho execpt for like, 2 characters.
Reading other people's analysis' is a lot of fun.
_missnomer_ | 675 other reviews | Nov 25, 2023 |
I liked it much better the second time around, maybe the 8 year gap between readings helped too.
jskeltz | 675 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
a little bit melodramatuc at times
PaCantRead | 675 other reviews | Nov 4, 2023 |


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