Wuthering HeightsPaperback Dover Thrift Editions
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 18mm | 200g
- Publication date: 24 September 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486292568
- ISBN 13: 9780486292564
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 24,427
Set on the stormy moors of northern England, this classic novel is filled with the cruel and ecstatic love between the characters Heathcliff and Catherine. As they grow together as children and later as lovers, the conflicts of class and an all-consuming passion overwhelm the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights. The all-star cast of performers includes Claire Bloom and James Mason as the doomed lovers.
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Once past the elaborate 19th-century framing technique of multiple narrators, the reader is swept away by one of the most thrilling love stories ever told. Every romantic novel with a saturnine hero has been influenced by Heathcliff, but the original was a nasty piece of work, who tried to hang his wife's pet dog. That female readers are still bewitched, is a tribute to Bronte's writing or some unliberated hormones. (Kirkus UK)
Back cover copy
Considered lurid and shocking by mid-19th-century standards, "Wuthering Heights" was initially thought to be such a publishing risk that its author, Emily Bronte, was asked to pay some of the publication costs. A somber tale of consuming passions and vengeance played out against the lonely moors of northern England, the book proved to be one of the most enduring classics of English literature. The turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff spans two generations--from the time Heathcliff, a strange, coarse young boy, is brought to live on the Earnshaws' windswept estate, through Cathy's marriage to Edgar Linton and Heathcliff's plans for revenge, to Cathy's death years later and the eventual union of the surviving Earnshaw and Linton heirs. A masterpiece of imaginative fiction, "Wuthering Heights" (the author's only novel) remains as poignant and compelling today as it was when first published in 1847.