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Topic: Emily Bronte-Tragic, 19th Century Genius (1818-1848)

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Subject: Emily Bronte-Tragic, 19th Century Genius (1818-1848)
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 4:15 AM ET
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She only lived 30 years, and yet she thought of, and wrote, one of the most compelling romantic novels ever.

Her death only gave "Wuthering Heights" a more tragic feel. Almost gothic in it's context; characters fall in love, everyone dies, characters see ghost.

In my opinion, she had by far the more creative mind compared to Charlotte. May they all rest in peace.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 10:09 AM ET
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But what I liked about it was that even after all that sadness, the end lightened up, and joy came back into their lives with the love of Hareton and Catherine.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 12:04 PM ET
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What kills me, is the novel we'll never get to read.  After Emily's death, Charlotte burned everything.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I don't know, I like Wuthering Heights and all, but Jane Eyre has a much better plot, and a likable heroine.  Wuthering Heights is great in a broody, gothic way, but absolutely none of the characters is remotely likable and there's no real plot.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 10:08 PM ET
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The Bronte girls did manage a couple of decent novels between them, but in that vein they were not near as good as Jane Austen, not close to the same league as Hardy. (Not merely my not-so-humble judgment, but I have never read any serious scholars say anything different.)

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 10:55 PM ET
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I SO want Wuthering Heights.

I borrowed it from my school library last year, but I was so busy with school stuff that I didn't have a chance to finish it. :(

It took me a long time to read Jane Eyre... It was good, but stuff in it just... bored me.

I adore Jane Austen. I just really want to read Wuthering Heights. Apparently, when it was written, people thought it was BETTER than Charlotte's works... but now we think the opposite. I find that interesting.

 
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Hardy blech.  The scholars can keep that downer, I'll take Dickens, Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and all three Brontes over him any day of the week. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:52 AM ET
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John W.,

I know a lot of people who think that the Bronte sisters are just as good as, if not better than, Jane Austen. I think that's the kind of thing that can't be ultimately decided by scholars--it's a personal opinion.