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. Introduction and Notes by John S. Whitley, University of Sussex.
This classic novel by Emily Bronte tells of the great and terrible love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. As a young boy, Heathcliff is adopted by Catherine's father and falls in love with Catherine. When Mr. Earnshaw dies, Catherine's brother bullies Heathcliff until he leaves their home. Catherine marries another man and even has a child, and Heathcliff assumes she has forgotten him. He returns years later, a bitter though wealthy man, and begins to take unthinkable revenge for his childhood of abuse and neglect. The lonely English moorland where the novel takes place, characters that are violent, sweet, and memorable, and a love story that is as tragic as it is genuine make this a must-read classic. This Wordsworth Classic edition is complete and unabridged, with a twenty page introduction discussing the author and analyzing the novel. The Thrift Edition includes the complete, unabridged text first published in 1847. Both are 248 pgs, pb.~ Rachel