Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights (3096 words)

  • Steven Vine (University of Wales, Swansea)

A turbulent tale of two families - the Earnshaws and Lintons - over two generations, Wuthering Heights (1847) is Emily Brontë's only surviving novel. It is narrated retrospectively as the diary of the book's polite middle-class narrator, Mr Lockwood, who has rented a house in Yorkshire in order to be “completely removed from the stir of society”. In contemporary terms, Lockwood is a metropolitan tourist on a typical Romantic quest for the natural and the picturesque. The house he rents is “Thrushcross Grange”; his landlord is Mr Heathcliff, who lives at “Wuthering Heights”, and he has a housekeeper, Ellen Dean, who narrates Heathcliff's story to him, as well as the history of the two houses and the tale of the …

Vine, Steven. "Wuthering Heights". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8891, accessed 27 October 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism
  2. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction