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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights


by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights Resources



Emily Brontë's page on the Victorian Web. This site provides some great information on the author, as well as the cultural and historical context of her novel.

The UK's Go-To Website for the Novel

An all things Wuthering Heights site, with lots of links and pictures and a helpful family tree.

Haworth Village

Brontë country—where the novel is set.

Movie or TV Productions

Wuthering Heights, 1939

Hollywood's first version, starring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, and David Niven. This pre-World War II adaptation won the 1940 Oscar for best cinematography, also receiving nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Music, Original Score, Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Screenplay.

Abismos de pasión, 1954

A very campy version directed by Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel, in which a stormy Alejandro returns to the hacienda of his foster sister, Catalina. This version, set in the dusty hills of Mexico, is a supreme example of a director taking artistic license.

Wuthering Heights, 1970

Sporting the tagline "The power, the passion, the terror of Emily Brontë's immortal story of young love," this version stars Timothy Dalton, one of the cheesier actors to play James Bond, and Anna Calder-Marshall.

Hurlevent, 1985

France's version of the very English love story.

Wuthering Heights, 1992

With big British and French star power, this interpretation advertised itself as "A passion. An obsession. A love that destroyed everyone it touched." It stars Juliette Binoche as Catherine and Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff.

Arashi ga oka, 2005

Wuthering Heights in the context of medieval Japanese folklore.

Wuthering Heights, 2011

This one stars James Howson as Heathcliff, which is the first time a black actor has portrayed the anti-hero. 


"Vampire Endorsement Turns Brontë Into a Bestseller"

This article from The Guardian discusses how Emily Brontë’s classic novel recently got a new Twilight-inspired face-lift. Not only that, but Twilight readers have sent Wuthering Heights to the top of the “literary classics” bestseller charts.


Google Books provides the full novel for free online.

Romantic Topics: The Byronic Hero

A Norton Anthology of English Literature essay—from the series' online topics—that compares the Satanic and Byronic heroes in Gothic and Romantic literature, among others. A great article to read if you're looking for info on how Heathcliff fits the mold of a Byronic hero.


Kate Bush performs "Wuthering Heights"

The songstress and queen of mawkish tunes has her own take on Brontë's classic tale.

The Death of Emily Brontë

A bit overly sentimental, this is a nonetheless fascinating documentary excerpt that looks at the final years of the literary icon, from the publication of Wuthering Heights to her death at Haworth Parsonage.

Death Cab for Cutie, "Cath"

Not sure what the song has to do with Wuthering Heights, but hey—inspiration is a strange creature.


Mark Ryan

In fall 2008, Mark Ryan launched a dramatic musical adaptation of the novel.

Wuthering Heights Audiobook SPONSORED

Purchase and download the Audiobook from Random House Audio.


Emily Brontë

A portrait of the author.

August Holland

A great maritime artist from Illinois created an illustration of Wuthering Heights.

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