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Emily Bronte

            Emily Bronte is considered one of the greatest writers within the nineteenth century gaining a renowned reputation due to her romantic novel Wuthering Heights. Her profound style depicted within her only written masterpiece is considered something of a prodigy. The ability to describe the passionate and immortal love between the characters of Heathcliff and Catherine is made convincing by her incredible storytelling. Today, Wuthering Heights remains one of the finest love stories that contains a Gothic style and will always have "a secure position in the canon of world literature- ("Context- 1). Despite the negative reception of the novel Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte has continued to impress readers with its passionate poetry and tragic vision that has transformed the genre of Gothic literature for future writers (Benvenuto 4; Shefter 3).
             Although negatively received initially, Wuthering Heights today has remained one of the finest books ever written based on the Gothic style of literature of the 18th century. Wuthering Heights is a novel that primarily held little promise upon publication in 1847, "selling very poorly and receiving only a few mixed reviews- (1). The book was found offensive and unacceptable by many Victorian readers in its "depiction of passionate, ungoverned love and cruelty (despite the fact that the novel portrays no sex or bloodshed), and the work was virtually ignored- (1). Charlotte Bronte, Emily's sister, used similar methods of writing pertaining to Gothic love, yet she seemed unaware of the intense passion depicted within Wuthering Heights. In a reader's supplement to Bronte's novel, Charlotte Bronte declared, "Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know. I scarcely think it is. But this I know: the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master "something that, at times, strangely works for itself" (Shefter 35).

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