Introduction by Diane Johnson
Commentary by George Henry Lewes, Virginia Woolf, and E. M. Forster
"Wuthering Heights, " first published in 1847, the year before the author's death at the age of thirty, endures today as perhaps the most powerful and intensely original novel in the English language. The epic story of Catherine and Heathcliff plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the wild English moors, and presents an astonishing metaphysical vision of fate and obsession, passion and revenge. Only Emily Bronte, V. S. Pritchett said, exposes her imagination to the dark spirit. And Virginia Woolf wrote, Hers . . . is the rarest of all powers. She could free life from its dependence on facts . . . by speaking of the moor make the wind blow and the thunder roar. This edition also includes Charlotte Bronte's original Introduction.
INCLUDES A MODERN LIBRARY READING GROUP GUIDE.
About the Author
Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848), an English novelist and poet is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights. She was a teacher for a short time but found it too stressful. Emily was a very shy woman who rarely left her home but to go for a short walk or church. She died from an illness thought to be tuberculosis. She was the younger sister to Charlotte Bronte, the author best known for her novel Jane Eyre.
Diane Johnson, a three-time National Book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce), is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.
"It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they