Which Is The Greatest Brontë Second Novel? - The Royal Society of Literature are currently engaged in trying to discern the nation’s favourite second novel. There are some real classics on the list, b...
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Emily Brontë didn’t write Wuthering Heights; Branwell Brontë did. Those who have a hard time believing women are capable of writing classic novels will find this theory appealing. It suggests that Emily Brontë’s brother, Branwell, a painter with a weakness for booze, was the true author of Wuthering Heights. The evidence for this claim existed entirely in the pants of both Brontës. Some believed that Emily, as a woman, could not have written a book with the sophistication and maturity of Wuthering Heights, so her brother must have. As one critic put it, “masculine expressions occur in the first chapters which no gentlewoman of the prim and prudish ’40s would have dreamed of using.” Add to that a rumor that Branwell had read to his friends a story that sounded much like Wuthering Heights years before the book was published and so began a conspiracy theory that still won’t die. (Adam K. Raymond)PopXO ignores conspiracy theories and includes both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre among other '13 *Classic* Books By Women That Every Girl Needs To Read!'
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëA columnist from Am Reading lists 10 books she can't live without and one of them is
Being orphaned into the home of her aunt and being subjected to the cruel regime at Lowood Charity School could not break Jane Eyre’s spirit and integrity. This classic never grows too old to revisit, as it follows the journey of a passionate young woman whose choices and yearnings take her places she had never imagined. [...]
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Passionate, fiery and bordering on violent, the love between Catherine and Heathcliff (a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father) takes a rather ugly turn when he is humiliated by Catherine’s brother. Thinking that his love is not reciprocated, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights only to return as a rich polished man brimming the revenge for all that he had been subjected to. (Manika Parasher)
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontëInterviewed by Booktopia (Australia), writer Anthea Hodgson reveals herself as a Brontëite.
Known as a Gothic novel, Emily Brontë wrote the story of Wuthering Heights using stream of consciousness. As a result, the novel is fearless in portraying the dark side of characters, and covers the entire life of Catherine and Heathcliff, as well as their offspring and younger cousins. It’s hard to pinpoint why exactly this novel is so engaging, but this is a classic that was impossible to put down. It’s known as the pinnacle of romance novels, as well as characterization. (Caitlin Stiles)
8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why? [...]New Statesman tells about the novel Angela Carter never got to write.
And it would be just plain rude if I didn’t also mention Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart; we used to hang out all the time when I was a teenager, and I’m pleased to say we still catch up. (Anastasia Hadjidemetri)
At the end of her life, her thoughts were on money and how her “two boys” – her husband and son – would manage without her. She told her literary executor, Susannah Clapp, to give permission to everything and anyone who wanted to use her work for commercial purposes, however naff or vulgar. Her last book, by the way, was to have been a fictional life of Adèle Varens, the vivacious young ward of Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. How I would have loved to read it. (Sarah Baxter)And so would we.