Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics) (2nd Edition)
'You said I killed you—haunt me, then!' WutheringHeights is one of the most famous love stories in the Englishlanguage. It is also one of the most potent revenge narratives. Theintense and unbreakable bond between the fiery Catherine Earnshawand the foundling Heathcliff has startled and fascinated readerssince its first publication in 1847. Of uncertain parentage andethnicity, Heathcliff comes to Wuthering Heights as a child whenCatherine's father finds him wandering alone through theslave-trading port of Liverpool. After Mr Earnshaw's death,Heathcliff and Catherine find refuge in each other when thehousehold falls into the hands of Catherine's dissolute olderbrother. Their bond deepens as they escape together from theviolence and stern religion of their home to the Yorkshire moors.But the story of Catherine and Heathcliff's attachment transformsfrom intimacy to strife when Catherine marries the refined EdgarLinton. The ensuing story of violence and thwarted passion is oneof the most powerful tales of the gothic tradition, a literary modefrom which Emily Brontë wrings all of its terrifying potential. Aregional novel with a global reach, a work of sensational effectswith a startling ethical core, Wuthering Heights is both a romanticmelodrama and wrenching study of the difficulty of escaping fromthe legacies of violence. This edition reproduces the authoritativeClarendon text, with revised and expanded notes and a selectionfrom the poems of Emily Brontë.