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Wuthering Heights (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Emily Bronte
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1 May 1992 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition contains an exclusive Introduction and Notes by John S. Whitley, University of Sussex.

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Reprint edition (1 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260018
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ideal for the college survey course: judicious introduction plus just the right admixture of explanatory notes (vital for American students' comprehension of dialect words), up-to-date bibliography, and several other brief, indispensable supports to well-informed reading." --Katherine Linehan, Oberlin College


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'As a first novel, there is very little that can compare to it. Even Shakespeare took over a decade to reach the clifftop extremities of King Lear'

Sarah Waters

--This text refers to the Hardcover 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
Format:Paperback
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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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 29 Nov 2001
Format:Paperback
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights Classic Drama 5 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have read the book, watched various films, listened to audio books and seen the latest dramatization on television but i enjoyed this CD more than any other version of Wuthering Heights. The actors chosen for the characters were fantastic in my opinion. I feel it was a very true reflection of the book and wasn't overly romanticized as in many productions. The Yorkshire accents and realism of the characters made it really believable for me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Samuel West (the narrator) and Prunella Scales (Nelly + impersonates all the other characters, male and female) read beautifully. Ms Scales shows she can travel quite a large spectrum as an actress, from cool-headed Nelly to passionate, impulsive Catherine, and bitter, gruffy and cynical Heathcliff. Her rendering of grumpy Joseph's mouthing of Yorkshire dialect is also quite a success.

Listened to this audio-book while in bed with a bad cold and a hefty headache: had a wonderful time!

Only drawback: book has been abridged to fit into 5 hours 1/2 of reading.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic that fits no genre 3 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
WH is, essentially, a story about turbulent people living in a turbulent place. I don’t think Bronte meant her characters to fit certain “social types” or be analogies for something else but to be real people unfortunately in very difficult circumstances and I believe that is how WH is best read.
As dark, haunting and changeable as the other Bronte sisters’ infamous classic: Charlotte’s Jane Eyre is personal and gently loving- the two novels are both works of genius but a million miles from each other. However, both have wonderful descriptions of the Yorkshire moors and a sense of real feeling behind their story line.
One of WH strengths is its change of narrative voice- there are two main narrators and letters and other media between. This gives a sense of many people affected by one story thus heightening the strength of Heathcliff and Cathy’s passion.
The end of WH is one of the most discussed in literature and if you are reading it for the first time the question of whether it’s happy or not will occupy you for a long time.
With so much literary criticism spent on WH it is difficult to add original comments. So I would simply urge you, if you haven’t read it yet, to get a copy- it will live with you forever.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Piece of English Literature 12 April 2001
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Format:Paperback
Everything about this book makes it makes it truly brilliant. The wild setting of the Yorkshire Moors, the grey and dark ambience of the Heights, the contrast of this at the Grange. Wuthering Heights is full of; love; romance; passion; revenge; and violence; covering ideas about: nature; religion; superstition; death; and the social values of the 19th Century. Criticised when it first came out because the book was written so far ahead of its time, it explores feminist ideas about the inheritance of land and money, and about marriage for social status. Possibly offensive to the original Victorian audience who would have read it, it would appeal to a modern readership subsequently, something of which, due to her premature death, Brontė would never learn of.
Brontė writes about her own experience in this book, with some characters closely relating to her own life. Her sole piece of literature shows her unique outlook on existence, and denying the reader perhaps the resolved ending they would have desired; instead we get the realistic conclusion that everyone can relate to.
Every character in this novel can portray a whole group of people. Heathcliff can represent the 'working class hero come good'. Brontė skilfully manipulates the reader into sympathising with Heathcliff, despite his appalling and violent behaviour later on. Catherine is reckless, passionate and rebellious, but maintains a clear head; she is aware of the importance of keeping a high status in the world. Brontė presents this with her marriage to Edgar Linton, denying her genuine, but concealed, feelings for Heathcliff. Even with Edgar's laissez-faire attitude to Catherine's close friendship to Heathcliff, can create the strong contrast between the two men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
Its all been said. I find it a bit depressing. but it is a good read. You have jto go there but its good when you stop.
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Has great notes and helpful tips, used it for school, college. Great item for studying, I would recommend it for anyone.
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This review isn't of the novel Wuthering Heights itself, as I'm sure everyone either knows it or knows of it, and already has strong feelings about it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Amongst Classics
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I love the Bronte sisters' works but compared to all of my classmates who read this with me during A-level English, I didn't enjoy it too much. Read more
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Good book, but not what I expected from the hype of the story. Interesting read, but not really what I would call a great love story. Read with an open mind!
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Great story and brilliantly written. For anyone to whom English is not their first language might be a bit tricky at times, but not impossible.
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