No. 6: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847), Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 6 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, find similar books to Wuthering Heights and find movie versions of the book.

A rain-beaten, soul-devouring novel set among the foggy moors of a Yorkshire manor, this is Emily Bronte’s only novel. It tells of the passionate, all-consuming love between the orphan Heathcliff and his wealthy childhood friend, Catherine Earnshaw. Housed under the same roof, they couldn’t help but for a bond.

Years later, though, Heathcliff’s orphan status precludes him from marrying Catherine. Healthcliff vows revenge on all those who stand in his way. The brutal novel came before Bronte’s early death at age 30, long before the book would gain it’s stature of one of England’s classics.

“I cannot express it,” Emily Bronte said before her death, “but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.” Her words and characters are alive more than a century after her death, and her depiction of a love turned mad is harrowing; as powerful now as it was in 1847.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is No. 6 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Return to Wuthering Heights, Anna L’Estrange

Similar Books to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Sweet Savage Love, by Rosemary Rogers
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights (2009), starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley

Wuthering Heights (1992), starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes

Wuthering Heights (1985), starring Fabienne Babe and Lucas Belvaux

Wuthering Heights (1970), starring Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton

Wuthering Heights (1939), starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier

Wuthering Heights (1998), starring Peter Davison and Tom Georgeson

Wuthering Heights (MTV, 2003), starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel

Wuthering Heights (2009), starring Angela Scoular and Ian McShane