Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights
When Wuthering Heights was first published, it was not well received. The Spectator (in December 1847) complained that ‘the incidents are too coarse and disagreeable to be attractive’ and this was a common complaint, The Athenaeum (December 1847) also calling it a ‘disagreeable story’. Another word used by The Spectator, and by The Examiner (January 1848), was ‘improbable’. In hindsight, we might say that such comments show how untypical the settings and events of Wuthering Heights were, compared to most Victorian novels, meaning that readers were not quite sure how to take the book.
Certainly, in the 150 years that followed, it steadily gained popularity, becoming, for many, a literary treasure.
Today, it still speaks to us, captures us, even moves us.
Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848) was an English novelist. She had two sisters - Anne and Charlotte, both of whom wrote novels which have since become English literature classics. Read more . . .
Context of Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights was written in the Victorian Era. The world Emily Bront ë lived in had a profound effect on her writing and provides a lense through which one can better understand the text. Read more . . .
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