(July 30, 1818, Thornton, Yorkshire, England— December 19, 1848, Haworth, Yorkshire).
English novelist and poet who produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights (1847), a highly imaginative novel of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors. Like her sisters and her brother Branwell, Emily was a writer from the time she learned to read. She collaborated with Anne in writing poetry and stories for their imaginary world of Gondal. Only some poems from the Gondal sagas survive, but we know that the collaboration with Anne continued until the early 1840s, and it is possible that Emily never abandoned her imaginary world. Emily was the least willing to agree to Charlotte's publication of Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (1846), and even after the publication of Wuthering Heights (1847), she refused to accompany her sisters to London, and reveal the true identity behind her nom de plume, Ellis Bell. Emily was perhaps the greatest of the three Brontë sisters, but the record of her life is extremely meagre, for she was silent and reserved and left no correspondence of interest, and her single novel darkens rather than solves the mystery of her spiritual existence.
The wind is strong on the Yorkshire moors. There are few trees, and fewer houses, to block its path. There is one house, however, that does not hide from the wind. It stands out from the hill and challenges the wind to do its worst. The house is called Wuthering Heights. When Mr Earnshaw brings a strange, small, dark child back home to Wuthering Heights, it seems he has opened his doors to trouble. He has invited in something that, like the wind, is safer kept out of the house.
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