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Emily Brontë collaborated with her siblings on a body of juvenilia, and by herself wrote a small number of poems and a single surviving novel. Wuthering Heights is established as one of the most original and disturbing novels of the mid-nineteenth century. Its compelling imagery, sophisticated narrative technique, and powerful, indeed violent, story—part ghost story, part romance, part anatomy of social hierarchies and cultural conflict—details the enmity between two families on the Yorkshire moors that erupts when a strange child is adopted into one of them, and which is only resolved in the subsequent generation.
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30 July 1818 Emily Brontë, the fourth of the Brontë daughters, was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
Earlier 1830s By the mid-1830s, Anne and EB were writing into being the world of Gondal, though no prose narratives from before 1838 survive. Bibliographic Citation link.
Mid-July 1847 Anne and EB arranged with Thomas Newby to publish Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights; they had to pay him £50 towards costs. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1848 EB continued work on her Gondal poems at least until this date. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 December 1848 EB died of consumption at the age of thirty, at Haworth in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1850 Sydney Thompson Dobell's anonymous Palladium notice initiated a positive critical view of Wuthering Heights, declaring it "the unformed writing of a giant's hand; the 'large utterance' of a baby god." Bibliographic Citation link.
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