Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr. Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him, but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls violently in love with her. When she will not marry him, Heathcliff's terrible vengeance ruins them all—but still his and Cathy's love will not die. . .
This version has:
- All 12 original illustrations by Clare Leighton
- A preface by Currer Bell.
- Text that has been proofread to avoid errors common in other versions.
- The complete text in an easy-to-read font similar to the original.
Wuthering Heights was first published in London in 1847 with the author identified as Ellis Bell. The American edition published a year later incorrectly attributed the book to "The Author of Jane Eyre". Emily's real name did not appear until an 1850 edition. Wuthering Heights's violence and passion led the Victorian public and many early reviewers to think that it had been written by a man. The book was controversial due to its stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality. Even though the novel received mixed reviews when it first came out, and was often condemned for its portrayal of amoral passion, the book subsequently became an English literary classic.
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