No. 6: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847), Summary and Similar Books

A rain-beaten, soul-devouring novel set among the foggy moors of a Yorkshire manor, this is Emily Bronte’s only novel. It tells of the passionate, all-consuming love between the orphan Heathcliff and his wealthy childhood friend, Catherine Earnshaw. Housed under the same roof, they couldn’t help but for a bond.

Years later, though, Heathcliff’s orphan status precludes him from marrying Catherine. Healthcliff vows revenge on all those who stand in his way. The brutal novel came before Bronte’s early

death at age 30, long before the book would gain it’s stature of one of England’s classics.

“I cannot express it,” Emily Bronte said before her death, “but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.” Her words and characters are alive more than a century after her death, and her depiction of a love turned mad is harrowing; as powerful now as it was in 1847.


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