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- Full Title: Wuthering Heights
- When Published: 1847
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Romanticism / Realism / Gothic (e.g., mysterious family relationships, vulnerable heroines, houses full of secrets, and wild landscapes)
- Setting: Yorkshire, England, late 18th to early 19th century
- Climax: Heathcliff and Catherine's tearful, impassioned reunion just hours before Catherine gives birth and then dies
- Antagonist: Heathcliff (we root both for and against Heathcliff)
- Point of View: Nelly Dean, a housekeeper, tells the story of the Lintons and Earnshaws to Mr. Lockwood, who passes along her story to the reader.
The Bronte Family: Two of Emily Brontë's sisters are also respected writers. Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor, and Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Because the Brontës collaborated, critics love to analyze the whole family, not just the individual authors. The family also appeals to readers because it experienced so much tragedy: five of the six children died young (four daughters died of tuberculosis, or "consumption," as it was known at the time, and Branwell, the only son, turned to drugs and alcohol when his career as an artist failed).