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1 Oct 2007 Classic Drama
"Wuthering Heights" seems bafflingly unlike other novels yet constantly speaks to popular imagination. This edition for students and teachers engages with some of the key issues in contemporary critical theory.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Exclusive to Gardners edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 9781405688383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405688383
  • ASIN: 1405688386
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
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"Broadview Press's edition of Wuthering Heights, edited by Beth Newman, is a critically current and versatile text that includes solid primary materials and a strong introduction. Newman's stated aim is to provide a broad contextual understanding of contemporary critical approaches, and the finished product fulfills this objective. The primary material accompanying the text accomplishes two very important goals--rooting the text in important known textual materials, such as Bronte's poems, Belgian devoirs, and critical reviews contemporary to the text, as well as drawing attention to new historical materials, such as an essay 'On Brain Fever, ' which illuminates Catherine's medical treatment. In short, the edition is entirely usable and an excellent choice for the classroom or the general reader."--Terri A. Hasseler --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Norton's 'Wuthering Heights' 7 Jun 2009
As you would expect from any Norton critical edition of a text, this is far more detailed than other editions. The notes at the bottom of the pages are decent - the handy translations of Joseph's dialect are helpful. (It must be said, however, these notes are not as extensive as the Penguin Classics edition.) It contains a selection of Emily Brontė's poetry, a detailed account of the editorial process after the novel's initial publication, and a wide selection of reviews from when the text first appeared.

For a Norton Critical Edition I did feel it was slightly light with regard to more recent criticism. It contains just five recent critical essays - one of which is on the problems associated with depicting Heathcliff in film versions of the text. Where, for example, is Dorothy Van Ghent's important 'On Wuthering Heights'?

This is probably the best edition any reader of this text could buy. It is not, however, as exhaustive as one might like.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 19 April 2014
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Well. Boy, was I surprised by my reaction to this. If Jane Eyre and The Tentant of Wildfell Hall are anything to judge by (and, to be fair, they may not be given that they're by different writers!) I was expecting to love this. I didn't. Not at all.

I found this book a complete mess. The passion is admirable and, along with the setting, is certainly the greatest thing about the book. But the narrative is a mess and the characters unbelievable. Catherine behaves like a spoilt child, and Heathcliffe is a monster - I couldn't stand them. Their respective children and families are not too much better. The narrative conceit of having Mr Lockwood relate what Nelly Dean has conveyed to him (who sometimes is conveying in the "I" voice what others have conveyed to her; in one chapter i counted three narrators each being "I"), is just confusing. After the first half of the book the whole thing just seems rudderless. The emotional pitch vaccilates. And who exactly is the protagonist? The focus chops and changes without reason from one character and event to the next. In some instances this would be intentional and fine if well-handled, but here it is not intentional and not well handled - this is just an immaturely structured and narrated book by an immature writer. I'm sad she didn't live longer, because what she might have came to write might well live up to the reputation that this book inexplicably has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 29 Nov 2001
Right, where do i begin??? how did i ever live without reading this book?? i was told by some idiot that it was boring which put me off for a while, but i read it recently and was totally blown away!! It is honestly the most intense, passionate, maddening book i've ever read. It starts out strong and keeps on going, i actually had to force myself not to read it all in one night and to save some for the next day! Emily Bronte uses such powerful imagery in her prose that it just stuns you. The setting of the story in the Yorkshire moors was absolutely fitting, i doubt that if it had been set anywhere else it couldn't have possibly been half as powerful. The moors add to the air of mystery, gloom, beauty, passion,love, and tragedy. Heathcliff and Cathy are definately the most interesting and intense pair of lovers i have ever read of. Heathcliff especially provokes me, mostly because i cannot decide whether i love or hate him, and that is but one part of the genius of this book. Heathcliff is the hero/anti-hero of the book and just so utterly fascinating a character. The best ingredient of this masterpiece is the fact that the story takes place in such a secluded region, with equally interesting characters, away from the social niceties and civilities that are common in other books of this time. Therefore, the passion and tragedy of the love and hatred in this story is more strongly felt. I could honestly go on forever but i'll spare all you readers out there. All i will say is that you definately must read this book, i know that this is horribly cliche but it truly is one of the best books i have ever read in my life! You will not be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written 3 Jan 2001
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I read this novel when I was 17 and it was the sole reason for me choosing to study English Literature at Degree Level. Nine years on and having read a library full of books this is still miles ahead of some of the best works of literature ever written as far as I am concerned. It amazes me that people do not like it - how can you not be moved by the passion Cathy and Heathcliff feel for one another? Their story is like no other in literature. Really they had no place in 19th Century Literature and Emily knew this when she wrote her novel. Take them out of Wuthering Heights and you have a genteel story of a girl teaching a boy to read and write so that he is worthy of marrying her. This in itself would have made a good novel but only Emily Bronte was brave enough to make the wild, wicked Cathy and demonic Heathcliff her central characters. Even Charlotte Bronte seemed terrified at the power of the book and thought it her role to defend her sisters writings. To anyone who has never read it - do so!! You will love it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Without wanting to sound cliched.. 2 Aug 2004
This is one of my favourite novels. I read it for the first time when I was twelve, which doesn't sound like long ago (I'm only seventeen now), but what is important is that it was the first time I sampled a novel of this quality. The first time I had read a novel of love and loss that was dramatic, and realistic and twisted and evil and passionate. Yes, there were a lot of 'and's in that sentence, but that in itself is an expression of how much I love this book.
It's a bit like pulp romance EXCEPT that it has so much more depth and meaning and beauty. And it isn't a big pile of cow poo. I apologise profusely for that. I'm meant to be being all mature and reviewing a few books on Amazon and I accidentally keep comparing them to animal faeces. I think it just shows that I am a passionate reader. So anyway, buy Wuthering Heights, spend the change on a packet of Munchies. It's only £1.50, and it could change your life. You may become an impassioned lover.
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