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Written by Jasmine D
(8/27/2013 1:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Splutter.....Wuthering Heights???? nfm, penned by Karen 2L
I've read Wuthering Heights twice. Once for leisure, and another time for a British lit class. It is not one of my favorites, and it is not one that I particularly enjoyed. However, I can understand why it is often among the top in all the best-of and must-read lists. It is unlike most Victorian literature. When it was first published, it was met with a mixed reception. Most people were shocked by it. Emily Bronte seemed to turn all the literary conventions on its head: unlikable characters, themes of jealousy and obsession, tempestuous relationships, etc. Whether one likes the story or not, one has to give Emily Bronte credit for originality and unconformity. And that is the quality that English professors like -- and English professors are typically the people compiling these lists.
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