Wuthering Heights (New Edition)

ISBN : 9780198834786

Emily Brontë; John Bugg
416 Pages
129 x 196 mm mm
Pub date
Sep 2020
Oxford World's Classics
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  • An introduction which moves beyond the cliché of Emily Brontë as an untutored genius in order to show her deep understanding of literary tradition as well as her experience in visual art and music.
  • Uses the 1976 Clarendon text, with restored the punctuation of the 1847 text.
  • Up-to-date bibliography and chronology.
  • Appendices include original reviews of the novel, Charlotte Brontë's three prefacing documents from the 1850 edition, and a selection of Emily Brontë's poetry.

New to this Edition:

  • This new edition of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights features a revised version of the 1976 Clarendon text, along with updated annotations, and a new introduction that situates Brontë's novel within the broader context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, and brings fresh attention to how Heathcliff's ambiguous ethnicity impacts familiar novelistic discourses of sympathy.

'You said I killed you - haunt me, then!'
Wuthering Heights is one of the most famous love stories in the English language. It is also one of the most potent revenge narratives. The intense and unbreakable bond between the fiery Catherine Earnshaw and the foundling Heathcliff has startled and fascinated readers since its first publication in 1847. Of uncertain parentage and ethnicity, Heathcliff comes to Wuthering Heights as a child when Catherine's father finds him wandering alone through the slave-trading port of Liverpool. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff and Catherine find refuge in each other when the household falls into the hands of Catherine's dissolute older brother. Their bond deepens as they escape together from the violence and stern religion of their home to the Yorkshire moors.
But the story of Catherine and Heathcliff's attachment transforms from intimacy to strife when Catherine marries the refined Edgar Linton. The ensuing story of violence and thwarted passion is one of the most powerful tales of the gothic tradition, a literary mode from which Emily Brontë wrings all of its terrifying potential. A regional novel with a global reach, a work of sensational effects with a startling ethical core, Wuthering Heights is both a romantic melodrama and wrenching study of the difficulty of escaping from the legacies of violence.
This edition reproduces the authoritative Clarendon text, with revised and expanded notes and a selection from the poems of Emily Brontë.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Emily Brontë
Genealogical Table
Wuthering Heights: Main Text
Appendix 1: Contemporary Reviews of Wuthering Heights
Appendix 2: Charlotte Brontë's Prefaces to the 1850 Edition
Appendix 3: Selected Poems by Emily Brontë
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Emily Brontë
Edited by John Bugg, Professor of English, Fordham University

John Bugg is Professor in the Department of English at Fordham University in New York City. He is the author of Five Long Winters: The Trials of British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 2013) and editor of The Joseph Johnson Letterbook (Oxford UP, 2016). His essays and reviews have appeared in PMLA, ELH, TLS, Romanticism, and several other journals

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