Wuthering Heights Author:Emily Bronte In his book 'English Literature', Bernard D. Grebanier writes: "Wuthering Heights is perhaps the first novel in English to dare depict the clash of souls with such power, passion and beauty. It is a unique accomplishment, and time has singled it out as one of the best novels ever written." — It is ironic that 'Wuthering Heights' should have recei... more »ved such an indifferent, even antagonistic response when it was first published in 1847. One reviewer thought it the work of "a man of uncommon talents, but dogged, brutal and morose." (Emily Bronte wrote under a masculine-sounding pseudonym, as did her sisters Charlott and Anne). Still thinking she had accomplished little more than shocking the Victorian sensibilities, Emily Bronte died the following year-her name generally unknown and her fame yet unfulfilled. It was only, when Charlott Bronte undertook to reveal the identity and talents of her sister in an introduction to the second edition of 'Wuthering Heights', that Emily received posthumously the acclaim she so richly merited.
In his lengthy essay on this masterwork, W. Somerset Maugham writes: "Wuthering Heights is not a book to talk about; it is a book to read. It is easy to find fault with it; and yet it has what few novelists can give you-power. I do not know a novel in which the pain, the ecstasy, the ruthlessness, the obsessiveness of love have been so wonderfully described."
Whether you are reading this beguiling tale for the first time, or savoring it in a re-reading, you will inevitably come under the magic spell of the bittersweet romance of two of fiction's most unforgettable lovers...Catherine and Heathcliff.
The International Collectors Library makes available to members a series of Great English Novels of the 19th Century, all bound in a superb design worthy to serve as an outer garment for this group of distinguished masterworks. It is bound in leather and designed by artist Rafael Palacios from an older binding found on a volume of 'Memories de Madam de Staal'.« less