Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights is a novel written by Emily Brontë and published in 1847. The story revolves around the passionate and tumultuous love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Set in the harsh Yorkshire moors of England, the novel explores themes of love, revenge, social class, and the destructive power of obsession. The narrative is framed as a series of recollections told by Mr. Lockwood, a new tenant at Thrushcross Grange, who becomes intrigued by the mysterious history of his landlord, Heathcliff, and the neighboring estate, Wuthering Heights. Through Mr. Lockwood's interactions with the housekeeper, Ellen (Nelly) Dean, and the reading of Catherine's diary, the story of Heathcliff and Catherine's tumultuous relationship unfolds. Heathcliff, an orphan taken in by the Earnshaw family, develops an intense bond with Catherine, but their love is hindered by social expectations and personal flaws. Catherine's decision to marry Edgar Linton, a wealthy neighbor, sets off a chain of events driven by Heathcliff's deep-seated desire for revenge, and his vengeful actions have far-reaching consequences. The novel is known for its complex characters, atmospheric setting, and exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. It is considered a classic of English literature and continues to be studied and admired for its rich portrayal of passion and suffering.

№ 3 in Goodreads 100 Best Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Novels.

№ 7 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.

№ 13 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.

№ 17 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

№ 20 in 20 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die.

This book has 116,569 words, 195 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1847.

Production notes: This ebook of Wuthering Heights was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 25th January 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Agnes Strickland' by John Hayes.

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