Guest Blog: Ten Interesting Facts about Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Interesting post on Wuthering Heights. As a young girl, I did love the novel (and the movie with Laurence Olivier). Frankly, however, Cathy annoyed the hell out of me.

Interesting Literature

By Laura Inman

1.   Wuthering Heights was originally published as the first two volumes of a three volume novel, with Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë’s novel written at the same time, as the third volume, although the two works had nothing to do with each other. The manuscript of Wuthering Heights has never been found, nor is it known what might have become of it.

2.   Struggling novelists can take heart from the example of Wuthering Heights: publishers so consistently rejected the novel, that Emily Brontë paid the substantial sum of 50 pounds to have it published.  It met with no popular or critical acclaim, and she died believing it had failed.

3.   Twelve characters die in the novel (that count includes the infant Heathcliff Earnshaw, after whom the child rescued from the Liverpool streets is named), raising the question whether Brontë intentionally indulged in numeric symbolic play in…

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6 Responses to Guest Blog: Ten Interesting Facts about Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

  1. Thanks for sharing, Marie! Very interesting facts, it makes me want to read Wuthering Heights again.

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  2. Wordlander says:

    I think it’s an interesting book but I really dislike the central characters and that it’s considered a romantic novel. To me it’s a stark warning about destructive relationships.

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  3. Katie Cross says:

    I was both fascinated and repulsed by Wuthering Heights. Okay, repulsed is a strong word, but I guess I should say weirded out. I liked it so much I couldn’t put it down, but I didn’t want to keep reading either.

    I’m really not sure what I think about it still, months later.

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      In some ways, the Cathy-Heathcliff story reminds me of the high drama (driven mostly by hormones) that many teenagers go through when they “think” they are in love. I need to reread it … someday … you know, when my tower of TBR isn’t threatening to topple onto me 🙂

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