by Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor, Lucasta Miller
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Emily Bronte’s only novel, a work of immense and profound influence, the Penguin Classics edition of howling tops is the definitive edition of the text, edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor.Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, located on the dark moors of Yorkshire, is forced to look for shelter, one evening, in the screaming tops of his landlord’s house.There he discovers the story of stormy events that took place years before; the intensity of the relationship between the gypsy found Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-mannered, Edgar Linton, lived up to the expectations of her class.As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance is to his betrayal is visited during the next generation, innocent heirs must fight to escape the legacy of the past.In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Myth City, examines how the novel was interpreted, starting from Charlotte Bronte’s departure.This complements Pauline Nestor’s introduction, which presents the critical evolution of the novel’s receptions, as well as Emily Bronte’s influences and background.Emily Bronte (1818-48), with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, is one of the most important literary figures of the 19th century.She wrote just one surprisingly innovative novel, the highs of howling, but was also gifted and intense poet.If you liked howling tops, you can, like Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre, also available in Penguin Classics.Jeanette Winterson As a first novel, there is very little that can be compared to it’ The howling highs is often considered as “romantic”, but try to reread it, without being surprised by the comfortableness with which Bronte’s characters of the object each other to the extreme of physical and psychological violence’ Jeanette Winterson As a first novel, there is very little that can be compared to her.Even Shakespeare took more than a decade to reach the top of King Lear’ Sarah Eaux’s cliff extremities.
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