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'May you not rest, as long as I am living. You said I killed you - haunt me, then' Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Emily Bront was born on 30 July 1818.Her father was curate of Haworth, Yorkshire and her mother died when she was five years old, leaving five daughters and one son. In 1824 Charlotte, Maria, Elizabeth, and Emily were sent to Cowan Bridge, a school for clergymen's daughters, where Maria and Elizabeth both caught tuberculosis and died. The children were taught at home from this point on and together they created vivid fantasy worlds which they explored in their writing. Emily initially taught as a governess and later travelled to Belgium with Charlotte in order to undertake further study. In 1846, along with Charlotte and Anne, Emily published Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. After this Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, Anne wrote Agnes Grey and Charlotte wrote The Professor. Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey were both published but Charlotte's novel was initially rejected although she later published Jane Eyre to great success. Emily died on 19 December 1848.
Gr 7 Up-Both devotees and those who are new to Emily Bronte's classic tale of gothic star-crossed love and obsession will be captivated by this lush and dark adaptation. Cathy and Heathcliff are tormented lovers torn apart by convention and deceit, leaving a tangled legacy of hatred and love. In her television debut performance, Charlotte Riley embodies Cathy with an uncommon beauty and fiery deposition. Tom Hardy is appropriately brooding, if a bit wooden, as Heathcliff, her adopted brother with whom she falls in love. An excellent supporting cast includes Burn Gorman as Hindley, Cathy's snobbish older brother who despises Heathcliff, and Sarah Lancashire as the servant Nelly, who sees the whole thing happening and is helpless to stop it. Three tastefully shot consummation scenes (no nudity) define relationships and keep the heat on high. Set and filmed in the lush moorlands of Yorkshire, the scenery is startling, desolate, and beautiful. There is a bonus "Behind the Scenes" featurette about the filming; two introductions provided by actress Laura Linney give brief biographical background on Bronte as well as reaction to the first publication of the "shocking" novel in 1847. A teacher's guide and further behind the scenes information is available online at pbs.org. A worthy purchase for both public and high school libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
This splendid remake of Emily Bronte's novel shows it's possible to create a new version of a beloved classic that, while different from its predecessor, is equally compelling. Film buffs might think no one can come close to Laurence Olivier's masterful portrayal of Heathcliff, Bronte's brooding antihero. But they and audiences new to the story on film will be thrilled by Tom Hardy's brilliant interpretation as well as equally fine performances from the other talented cast members. The tale of the mysterious gypsy boy adopted by the Earnshaws, his abuse by his adoptive brother, Hindley (Burn Gorman), his profound love for his adoptive sister, Cathy (Charlotte Riley), and the revenge he wreaks on his tormentors unfolds amid beautifully filmed landscapes of the English moors. Even familiarity with the story won't detract from the film's dramatic impact. This entertaining and very reasonably priced program is highly recommended for all fans of literature and classic film.-Sheila S. Intner, Prof. Emerita, Simmons GSLIS at Mount Holyoke Coll., South Hadley, MA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"A dark and passionate tale of tortured but enduring love... Mesmerising" * Guardian * "This brilliantly atmospheric Yorkshire saga has only one drawback - Emily never wrote another novel. For me, it is both fantastic but also true to life because the protagonists have such believably fierce emotions" -- Kate Mosse "When I was 16 I read Wuthering Heights for the first time, and I read it as a kind of oracle; that life is worth nothing if it is not worth everything. Disaster does not matter, intensity does. You can dilute Wuthering Heights, as Mills & Boon and musicals have done. But if you are honest, you cannot escape its central stark premise; all or nothing. The all is not Heathcliff - that is the sentimental version. The all is what Heathcliff represents, which is life itself" -- Jeanette Winterson "It is as if Emily Bronte could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they transcend reality" -- Virginia Woolf "Only Emily Bronte exposes her imagination to the dark spirit" -- V. S. Pritchett