Wuthering Heights Author:Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights — Wuthering Heights, which has long been one of the most popular and highly regarded novels in English literature, seemed to hold little promise when it was published in 1847, selling very poorly and receiving only a few mixed reviews. Victorian readers found the book shocking and inappropriate in its depiction of passionate, un... more »governed love and cruelty (despite the fact that the novel portrays no sex or bloodshed), and the work was virtually ignored. Even Emily Bront?s sister Charlotte?an author whose works contained similar motifs of Gothic love and desolate landscapes?remained ambivalent toward the unapologetic intensity of her sister?s novel. In a preface to the book, which she wrote shortly after Emily Bront?s death, Charlotte Bront? stated, ?Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know. I scarcely think it is.?