Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë’s (1818-1848) only novel, published in 1847. Blending realism, romance and the Gothic, some reviewers thought it immoral and abhorrent; others praised its originality and ‘rugged power’. The house at the Heights is situated in bleak moorland, and the wild setting is a powerful presence as the story unfolds. This text has multiple narrative viewpoints. The main perspectives come from Lockwood, a southerner who finds Yorkshire an alien place; and a servant, Nelly Dean, who moves between the Heights and Brontë’s contrasting location of Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff is a dark, enigmatic, brooding ‘Byronic hero’, a character type familiar to contemporary readers. 

Creator:
Emily Brontë
Published:
1847
Forms:
Prose
Genre:
Victorian literature
Literary period:
Victorian

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