Wuthering Heights (Paperback)

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By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
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This Valentine's Day, give Downton Abbey a rest and experience British passion at its wildest. True forces of nature, Heathcliff and Catherine are the lusty poster children for every bodice-ripper since. This Bronte sister knocks that wishywashy Jane Eyre into a chamber pot. — Charles Bottomley

Oh yes. OH YES. Your eyes do not deceive you. This eighteen year old boy is imploring you to read Emily Bronte’s classic 1847 romance novel Wuthering Heights. English teachers love it, English students love to hate it, but I beg you humble reader, give it a chance. It is a classic for. a. reason.
This is the original soap opera, the revenge-tragedy to end all revenge-tragedies, and of course, one of the greatest gothic novels of all time. Reading this book is nothing short of an absolute rollercoaster, as its whirlwind plot takes twists and turns which puts most other novels to shame. It’s just a blast. With two Catherines, two Edgars, three Lintons, and an abundance of H’s (I’m looking at you Heathcliff, Hindley, and Hareton), you’ll need a three-generation genealogy map just to make it through the first few chapters! Trust me though, it’s truly worth it. Whether you need catharsis after a bad breakup (nobody’s love life is as disastrous as Heathcliff’s), you’re on a schadenfreude kick (so much misery, but it’s so much fun), or your power is out and you can’t watch your daily soap, Wuthering Heights will not disappoint. Trust me, after reading this, General Hospital will put you to sleep.

— Patrick Molluso

Brooding, gothic tale with all the ingredients: love, hate, jealousy, violence, passion, and greed. This singular literary achievement balances the often delusional ravings and compulsions of the main characters, most notably Heathcliff, with a narrative that is sneakily rational, droll, and wise. — Mike Hare


One of English literature's classic masterpieces—a gripping novel of love, propriety, and tragedy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Emily Brontë's only novel endures as a work of tremendous and far-reaching influence. The Penguin Classics edition is the definitive version of the text, edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor.

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Brontë Myth, looks at the ways in which the novel has been interpreted, from Charlotte Brontë onwards. This complements Pauline Nestor's introduction, which discusses changing critical receptions of the novel, as well as Emily Brontë's influences and background.

About the Author

Emily Brontë (1818-48) along with her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, is one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She wrote just one strikingly innovative novel but was also a gifted and intense poet. Pauline Nestor teaches English at Monash University, Australia. Lucasta Miller was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Praise For…

"It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they
transcend reality."
--Virginia Woolf

Product Details
ISBN: 9780141439556
ISBN-10: 0141439556
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: December 31st, 2002
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics