Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Bront published in 1847 under her pseudonym "Ellis Bell". Bront 's only finished novel, it was written between October 1845 and June 1846. Wuthering Heights and Anne Bront 's Agnes Grey were accepted by publisher Thomas Newby before the success of her sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited a posthumous second edition in 1850.
Although Wuthering Heights is now a classic of English literature, contemporaneous reviews were deeply polarised; it was controversial because of its unusually stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty, and it challenged Victorian ideas about religion, morality, class and woman's place in society. The English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, although an admirer of the book, referred to it as "A fiend of a book - an incredible monster ...] The action is laid in hell, - only it seems places and people have English names there."
Wuthering Heights was influenced by Romanticism including the novels of Walter Scott, gothic fiction, and Byron, and the moorland setting is significant.
The novel has inspired many adaptations, including film, radio and television dramatisations; a musical; a ballet; operas; and a hit song.
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Publication Date: 12-Sep-2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA