Born in 1818, Emily was the middle of the three famous Bronte sisters. Raised on the Yorkshire moors by her clergyman father, Emily spent her childhood inventing and writing about imaginary worlds with her siblings. Wuthering heights was her only novel, for which she enjoyed much fame in her lifetime. She died of tuberculosis in 1848, after having refused all medical treatment.
She looked out upon a world cleft into gigantic disorder and felt
within her the power to unite it in a book... She could free life
from its dependence on facts; with a few touches indicate the
spirit of a face so that it needs no body; by speaking of the moor
make the wind blow and the thunder roar. -- Virginia Woolf
As I crouched in a corner with a copy of Wuthering Heights, I had the sensation that it was not the torch that was lighting up this intimate space, but the book itself. The book was radiant, the words shone. -- Jeanette Winterson
A masterpiece... I still get shivers down my spine whenever I read the words of Cathy: 'I am Heathcliff!' -- Bonnie Greer