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Wuthering Heights. The Wild and Wanton EditionThe nature of Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship is one of those topics that has been explored from almost any perspective. Is it a bigger-than-life, passionate sexual love, a kind of transcended love beyond the physical boundaries and, therefore, basically asexual(1)? Is it a narrative full of psychoanalytic hidden sexual messages through its many (and meaningful) mentions to windows, keys or doors, bleeding metaphores (from teen menstruation when trespassing Thrushcross Grange or from castrated/frigid fears of sexuality in the visit of a female ghost in Wuthering Heights)? Is the sexuality presented in this book is infantile and doesn't it evolve as an adult one? Does it have a sadomasochistic substratum and/or fetishes in the Freudian sense(2)?
Annabella Bloom and Emily Brontë
January 14, 2011
Catherine and Heathcliff may have been doomed sweethearts from the start, but that's no reason to keep them from consummating their desperate desire for one another. In this smoldering, expanded edition of the brooding masterpiece, you'll discover the star-crossed lovers seal their fiery fate with lovemaking as wild as the moors.There are so many things wrong with the above summary that discussing them is useless. Furthermore it is not important. The book is designed to satisfy its main target: the consumers, basically female, of steamy/erotica romances(3). Emily Brontë's text is maintained almost verbatim adding whole sections or chapters with the corresponding descriptive erotic scenes. The fact that all the additions made to the text are in bold is welcome and, frankly, quite honest too. We are not talking here of a revision/retelling/adaptation... this is Emily Brontë's book with additives presented in a very nice edition with a deckle edge(4).
In this unexpurgated version of the steamy classic, literature’s most libidinous couple unleashes the sexual obsession that marks their lives forever—in and out of the bedroom. From the first time the rough-and-tumble Heathcliff takes the haughty young Catherine in his arms, to their final lingering embrace beyond the grave, Wuthering Heights: The Wild and Wanton Edition reveals the the true depth of the ruinous passion that has always haunted you, with all the sultry, sensual, satisfying sex scenes you always secretly knew you missed!