Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
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Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781907776243
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Description

Wuthering Heights is one of the most written-about novels in the English language. Famous for the dark and passionate world Emily Brontë creates, and for the doomed relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, it is a story which has almost become synonymous with romance, not just for Hollywood, chick lit writers and advertisers but for many who have read it and many more who haven’t. Countless stories, films, television adaptations and magazine articles owe their origins or inspiration to Brontë’s extraordinary story of love and death in the Yorkshire moors. Catherine’s desperate avowal – “Nelly, I am Heathcliff” – has been described as the most romantic sentence in fiction. For all its later enormous influence and reputation, the novel was at first easily eclipsed in fame and critical renown by Jane Eyre, the more straightforwardly romantic novel written by Emily’s sister, Charlotte, and the runaway bestseller of 1847. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that critical opinion began to change, and in recent years the novel has been all but overwhelmed in a flood of criticism of all kinds, with Marxists, feminists and psychoanalysts all finding plenty of grist for their particular mills.          

So what is Wuthering Heights really about? Is it the Great Romantic Novel which so many readers, critics and film-makers assume it to be? What are we meant to make of Heathcliff, the lonely, violent man at the heart of Brontë’s story? In this book Graham Bradshaw explores these questions and shows why Emily Brontë’s novel remains such a vivid, subtle and resonant work more than 150 years after it was first published. 

The author

Professor Graham Bradshaw is the author of Shakespeare's Scepticism, described by Harold Bloom as "one of the half-dozen or so best modern books about Shakespeare" and numerous other books and essays. But he is also a leading authority on Conrad, who he has studied for almost 50 years. A former Professor of English at Chuo University in Tokyo and before that a Reader at the University of St Andrews, he began his career at Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Professor of English and Fine Arts at the University of Queensland.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781907776243
Illustrations: 2 B&W, 5 Colour
Size: 4.3 in x 6.9 in / 109.22 mm x 175.26 mm
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