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1. The Complete Poems of Emily Jane
2. Emily Brontë
3. Emily Bronte: A Biography
4. Charlotte and Emily Bronte
5. Charlotte and Emily Bronte: The
6. A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily
7. Emily Bronte: Poems (Everyman's
8. The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
9. The Bronte Sisters: Three Novels:
10. Wuthering Heights (Norton Critical
11. Wuthering Heights
12. Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the
13. Wuthering Heights
14. The Complete Works of the Brontë
15. Wuthering Heights
16. Wuthering Heights, A Longman Cultural
17. The Brontë Collection: Wuthering
18. Wuthering Heights: A Classic Romance
19. Wuthering Heights
20. Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired

1. The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Bronte
by Emily Bronte
Paperback: 262 Pages (1995-04-15)
list price: US$28.00 -- used & new: US$22.53
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Asin: 0231103476
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The renowned Hatfield edition includes verse from an early, pseudonymous volume entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, as well as 200 works collected from various manuscript sources after Brontë's death in 1848. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars recommended
its just so beautiful! i imagine if everyone could embrace the power that we see in this book, would be a better wworld!! the wild, the life (another one), the love and care is just some words that keep us close to emily's poems. if you dont have, need to!

5-0 out of 5 stars Emily bronte
Excellent timing, the book was for my sister and her 24th birthday. She was an English major in college and loves the writer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read/own book
I recommend this volume of poetry to any Emily Bronte fan. I own a copy of this collection of poetry. I can certainly see traces of Wuthering Heights in these poems. My favorite poem (besides the Gondal poems) is a chilling account of a dark young man coming to a family's home for dinner. I'm not sure if the young man is human, ghost, or demon, but if you read this poem in this amazing collection you can judge for yourself. Also at the begining is an informative essay on the Gondal poems. I suggest that one should read that before beginning the poems because it is most helpful. Again this is a must-read book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection
Emily Bronte's poetry is wild and beautiful.Ranging between gentle melancholy to fierce pride, her poems successfully capture human emotion.Many of her poems are about, or written from the viewpoint of the inhabitants of, the fictional kingdom of Gondal.Although these are set in an imaginary land, the Gondal poems stand well alongside the more personal verse.This particular volume is valuable because it includes a description and history of the Gondal saga Emily and her sister Anne created.It is often hard, in other collections, to tell which is personal and which is fictional, but here the Gondal poems are listed.This is very useful to those who wish to study this creation of the Bronte imagination.Also useful is the the chronological order of the poems (as far as can be determined), which makes it easy to follow her development as a poet.I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Few who read Emily Bronte's poems and magnificent novel, Wuthering Heights, can fail to be moved by the sheer power of her language and insight. Though her tragic early death robbed the world of countlessliterary treasures, EJB's poetry here provides plenty of beautiful poetry(some of it foreshadowing WH) for those who love her to enjoy and study.Read it and savor it. ... Read more

2. Emily Brontë
by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-10-04)
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Asin: B002RKSDUU
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more

3. Emily Bronte: A Biography
by Winifred Gerin
 Hardcover: 308 Pages (1971-10-28)

Isbn: 0198120184
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Strong book
Ok, I admit this is NOT my first book on Emily Bronte. In fact, I have both of Juliet Barker's books on the Bronte sisters. I ordered this book because she uses it as a reference, I believe, in one--maybe both--of her books.This book is well-written, very detailed.I felt it was an informative, well-documented analysis of both Bronte's work and life. ... Read more

4. Charlotte and Emily Bronte
by Norman. Sherry
 Hardcover: Pages (1970-06)
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Isbn: 0668021845
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5. Charlotte and Emily Bronte: The Complete Novels
by Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte
Hardcover: 1200 Pages (1993-05-25)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$7.21
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Asin: 0517092921
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Five classic masterpieces showcase the beauty and passionate imagination of these two extraordinary nineteenth-century novelists.Includes Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bronte Deluxe edition

i wasvery pleased with this deluxe edition.

i love bronte works and this is a beautiful

collector's edition. it is reasonably priced

and looks likea more expensive edition. if

you are a collector, you should be pleased with

this edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Novels of the Bronte Sisters.
I am so pleased to have the Bronte sisters novels again and am pleased with this purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so complete
How could they not include Anne? It's almost as if they just threw in Emily just because Wuthering Heights happens to be so popular.They should have either put all of the sisters' works in or Charlotte's alone. The glass is half empty.

4-0 out of 5 stars great buy
great investment in well written novels and recommend it to be a good addition to everyone library

5-0 out of 5 stars Such beautifully woven paragraghs
After reading classic novels on and off in school until I got out of college and in my own free time, I have to say Charlotte Bronte's writing style is the most intricately and splendidly crafted masterpiece. Her sister is quite talented as well. It's a great deal to have this collection that you can pick up and just start reading one of the shorter stories, or go over some of the most powerfully written sentences in Jane Eyre. ... Read more

6. A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte
by Katherine Frank
Paperback: 332 Pages (1992-01-28)
list price: US$19.00 -- used & new: US$10.97
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Asin: 0449906612
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The most gifted of her famous, troubled family, Emily Bronte has too often been portrayed in "storm-tossed, sentimental" biographies, according to Katherine Frank. Now Frank presents a startling new interpretation: pledged to self-denial and social isolation, Emily starved herself, contributing to her wild imagination. 16-page insert. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Informative
I found this novel to be well written and did teach me about Emily Bronte-or what I did not know about her already. I have read quite a bit on the Bronte's (including all of their books) so I had a wealth on of information on the Bronte's before I read this biography. Frank's idea of Emily starving herself was very convincing and she made a plausible case. I did not agree with her view on Branwell or Charlotte. Sometimes I felt that Frank was writing a bio on Charlotte rather than Emily. It is understandable because so much is already known about Charlotte, but I thought she focused her attention a little to much on the older sister, and I did not agree with some of her views on Charlotte. Frank made it very clear that she hated Branwell and she made him out to be a one dimensional villain straight out from one of the sisters novels. Frank ignored Anne almost completely, and if I had not been a fan of Anne's novels, I would have forgotten that there was another sister almost completely.
Frank draws from a wealth of research. She clearly did her homework, and knew a lot about life at the Parsonage. I liked how she started off talking about Emily's parents and their relationship so you got a clear view on her family.
Sometimes I felt like I was reading a story rather than a biography because she wrote it so well, but this also was a disadvantage because sometimes Frank treated it as if it was her own story. I would give this five stars but, as stated above, I felt that she under developed Anne and Branwell, and over developed Charlotte, as if they were characters in her own story, rather then people that had actually lived and breathed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as you might believe...
Many of Frank's arguments were convincing to me--especially those regarding Emily's peculiar eating habits. All of her conclusions were backed up with sources, etc. Although I didn't believe this spin on the life of the Brontes word for word, I do think it was worthly of more than 1 star, hence my review. Check it out--you may disagree, but isn't that part of the fun?

1-0 out of 5 stars Chainless Soul?
Although it seems unrealistic to expect complete objectivity from any biographer, Katherine Frank shows a level of bias toward her subject somewhat striking in the genre.Her descriptions of Emily Bronte areenthusiastic and warm, even when Emily's behavior (by her own description)warrants at least some kind of approbation, or at least evenhandedness. This unmitigated warmth is reserved for Emily alone, however; Charlotte,for example, is portrayed as living a constant struggle withconventionality which Emily gloriously escapes.Of particular interest isthe expression of Emily and Charlotte's intense relationship.Charlotteconsistently suffers in the comparisons with her sister -- at least byFrank's view.She doesn't seem interested in exploring Charlotte'ssuffering under Emily's emotional tyranny, even though she does describe itin detail.One gets the impression that Charlotte would do better in thisbiography if only she would care a little less about what others think. Their brother, Branwell, fares badly as well, and Frank's conclusionregarding one of Branwell's many pathetic attempts to be employed that hehad been terminated due to a homosexual advance on his pupil seemsstrikingly unsubstantiated. Frank seems to come to this conclusion onlybecause she can't think of any other. In the end, it's not that thereader can't see what Frank shows as part of Emily's character, it's thatit's not the only thing to be seen. ... Read more

7. Emily Bronte: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
by Emily Bronte
Hardcover: 256 Pages (1996-04-09)
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Asin: 0679447253
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Bronte contains poems that demonstrate a sensibility elemental in its force with an imaginative discipline and flexibility of the highest order. Also included are an Editor's Note and an index of first lines. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars When Nothing Else Will Do
Have you ever been at wits' end? Perhaps you believe in God but are shaking your fist at the sky and asking 'What are You thinking? How could you do this to me?' Then add for a bit more drama rejection, rejection and more rejection from those who don't understand one's unique artistic point of view. Last, add a dash of difficulty - yourself - you're not easy to deal with and bottomline the conventional is not your style. Then, you'll adore this book of poems by Emily Bronte. Most known for "Wuthering Heights" (which when repeatedly rejected by publishers - she would pack it up in the same wrapping and send it on again); some do not know what a great poet she was. Every facet of the human condition is explored in this little book - so readable, accessible, poignant and brilliant. For me, I never tire of reading it. And it's lovely to know that...she is still here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bronte is fantastic!
I dedicated one of the poems in my recently published book of poems to Emily Bronte, and did so after falling in love with her own poetry. What divine spark burned within her bosom? What muses inspired her? Although we may never know, we can see their impact. Her poems are stunning, powerful, curious, entrancing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bronte is fantastic!
I dedicated one of the poems in my recently published book of poems to Emily Bronte, and did so after falling in love with her own poetry. What divine spark burned within her bosom? What muses inspired her? Although we may never know, we can see their impact. Her poems are stunning, powerful, curious, entancing.

4-0 out of 5 stars I thaught it was spellbinding!
This book is spellbinding and captivating. I couldn't put it down once I started it. ... Read more

8. The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
by Emily Brontë
Paperback: 336 Pages (1993-03-02)
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Asin: 0140423524
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The poems of Emily Jane Bronte are passionate and powerful works that convey the vitality of the human spirit and of the natural world. Only twenty-one of her poems were published during her lifetime - this volume contains those and all others attributed to her. Many poems describe the mythic country of Gondal and its citizens that she imagined with Anne, and remain the only surviving record of their joint creation. Other visionary works, including "Remembrance" and "No Coward Soul is Mine", boldly confront mortality and anticipate life after death. And poems such as "Redbreast Early in the Morning" and "The Blue Bell is the Sweetest Flower' evoke the wild beauties of nature she observed on the Yorkshire moors, while also examining the state of her psyche. ... Read more

9. The Bronte Sisters: Three Novels: Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights; and Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë
Paperback: 672 Pages (2009-12-29)
list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$11.92
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Asin: 0143105833
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The most cherished novel from each of England's talented sisters, in one gorgeously packaged volume

The Brontë family was a literary phenomenon unequalled before or since. Both Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights have won lofty places in the pantheon and stirred the romantic sensibilities of generations of readers. For the first time ever, Penguin Classics unites these two enduring favorites with the lesser known but no less powerful work by their youngest sister, Anne. Drawn from Anne's own experiences as a governess, Agnes Grey offers a compelling view of Victorian chauvinism and materialism. Its inclusion makes The Brontë Sisters a must-have volume for anyone fascinated by this singularly talented family.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
I love the Bronte sisters. It's so nice to have three of their novels in one beautiful book. ... Read more

10. Wuthering Heights (Norton Critical Editions)
by Emily Brontë, Emily Bronte
Paperback: 464 Pages (2002-11)
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Asin: 0393978893
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The text of the novel is based on the first edition of 1847. For the Fourth Edition, the editor collated the 1847 text with the two modern texts (Norton's William J. Sale collation and the Clarendon), and found a great number of variants, including accidentals. This discovery led to changes in the body of the Norton Critical Edition text that are explained in the preface. New to "Backgrounds and Contexts" are additional letters, a compositional chronology, related prose, and reviews of the 1847 text. "Criticism" collects five important assessments of Wuthering Heights, three of them new to the Fourth Edition, including Lin Haire-Sargeant's essay on film adaptations of the novel.

About the series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Norton Critical Edition is pretty cruddy
I'm very partial to the novel itself, but this treatment of it in the Norton Critical Editions leaves much to be desired.

1.One big advantage of the Norton Critical Editions is that they have footnotes.This one, however, is extremely sparing of its footnotes, only giving one every fifty pages or so -- and that's usually to clarify a Biblical allusion.You're supposed to know a lot of other things, such as that "bairn" is Scottish dialect for "small child."Terms like that pass by unremarked on, so don't think this version is going to help clarify all those dialect words you've been wondering about.
2.The font is small and uncomfortable to read.
3.The essays in the back, the other reason to buy a Norton Critical Edition, are somewhat absurd.Part of the mystery of "Wuthering Heights" is that its author seemed to have zilch for sources:the whole composition seems to have sprung whole from her fertile mind.So what do they do?Print her juvenalia poems, her sisters' writings, etc.Not much that will actually help you achieve a deeper understanding of the text.

The only advantage I can cite of this edition is that the footnotes (praise Heaven!) translate the ramblings of that screwball Joseph into plain, readable English.

Boy, do they ever need to come out with one of these for "Wuthering Heights":The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrid
This was a difficult read for me.For several months I would pick up this book become utterly disgusted with the characters and put it back down again.I'm really not sure why I finished it as the more I think about it the more I truly hated it.I wish I had returned it to the library unfinished.
This is the story of Heathcliff a gypsy boy taken in by the Earnshaw family and Catherine Earnshaw his only childhood friend.Let's just say that as events unfold and as the characters develop we come to know the evil Heathcliff and selfish Catherine will never be together. Since they truly love each other the only alternative seems to be to make life miserable for themselves and everyone around them.At this point I was really hoping for a rabid pack of wolves to attack everyone and end their misery.Unfortunately this did not happen.
On a more positive note this book was very well written and the character development superb.

4-0 out of 5 stars A depressing work of fiction
It took me a few days to get over my initial distaste for the main characters, and this book in general, before writing a review. This book was not well received in its time and I understand why. Victorian England was not interested in perusing books with such irascible characters, as it didn't fall within their idea of how ladies and gentlemen of the period should behave. Heathcliff and Cathy are two people who are as twisted and tempestuous as the moors in which they live.

Heathcliff is brought to live in Cathy Earnshaw's family as a small child by her father. He is greatly disliked by Earnshaw's son, Hindley, because he regards Heathcliff as an upsurper, and does all he can to torment the newcomer. Cathy takes Heathcliff on as her playmate and from that moment on the two are inseparable, running as wild and unchecked as the windy moors surrounding them. Heathcliff grows to love Cathy fiercely as he becomes a young man, but Cathy begins to take an interest in the quiet, refined way of life at Thrushcross Grange, the home of their wealthier, more respectable neighbors.

Upon returning from an extended stay at Thrushcross Grange, Cathy is transformed from the wild, ill-mannered and incorrigible girl, to a seemingly calm and civilized young lady. She has caught the eye of her neighbor's young son Edgar and has designs to marry him. Cathy confides this to her servant, Nelly, who asks her if she does not care then for Heathcliff. Cathy expresses disdain for Heathcliff and remarks that she could never marry him. Unbeknownst to her, Heathcliff has heard this conversation and quits the house. Cathy continues to elaborate upon her feelings and reveals that though she finds Heathcliff coarse and unrefined, she loves him deeply to the extent of proclaiming herself to be Heathcliff. She cannot see herself ever separating from him because loving him is like loving herself--both are as one person. Nelly is exasperated with her talk and tells her that Heathcliff has overheard their conversation. Cathy panicks and stays up all night waiting for him to come home. He never returns and does not come back to Wuthering Heights for another 3 years.

By then Cathy has married Edgar, but pines for Heathcliff. She is immensely happy with Edgar until Heathcliff comes back bent on revenge. He takes that revenge by running away with Edgar's younger sister. Despite the fact that both have hurt each other deeply, Heathcliff and Cathy continue to love one another with a dangerous, wild and destructive passion. That passion consumes and destroys everything around them and when Cathy finally succumbs to her end, Heathcliff continues his embittered path of hatred and destruction, revenging himself on his wife, his brother-in-law and their descendants.

This was such a hard book to read because I internalized all the horrible feelings Cathy and Heathcliff exuded. I didn't like Heathcliff, I resented his love for Cathy. How is it that he can hate in such reckless abandon with the same heart that he uses to love Cathy and then treat her daughter with such contempt? How dare he profess to love when he hates and despises so cruelly. He has no compassion and, by God, I would have shot him if I was Cathy Linton.

Emily Bronte wrote a book that breaks convention and draws comparisons between men and women, society, religion and class. It is superior to Charlotte's "Jane Eyre" and Anne's "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" which though well written, are products of convention.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Choice...
Wuthering Heights is supposed to be a story about forbidden love, right? Well, it is to a point... but mostly it is just depressing. They both die near the end and they never get married. She marries an entirely different man, and after she dies he basically goes crazy with sadness. This story is extremely confusing, as well as slightly boring at times. It is hard to understandbecause of the time frame it is supposed to be in.

This book is probably not for young readers, because of the difficult vocabulary and small print. It was hard forme to understand, so i can imagine what it would be like for, say, a ten year old. I do not recommend this book to someone who has a short attention span, because it is hard to follow and hard to get into. If you, by chance, like older literature and are good at comprehending, go for it! But it is not the best choice for someone who is used to reading newer, easier reads. Wuthering Heights is defiantly not a thriller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review
The savings were beaucoup! This was a required reading book for school. The price was great, the delivery was quick, and the book was in great condition! Thanks! ... Read more

11. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Hardcover: 248 Pages (2005-11-07)
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Asin: 1933652349
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Brontë , Emily "Wuthering Heights" in the revolutionary Bed Book Landscape Reading Format - a new approach to reading in bed as well as other places people enjoy reading while lying down, such as the beach, or on a grassy lawn in the park.Bed Books provide the freedom to lie in any comfortable position without being obligated to sit up in order to read. They can be an essential aid for readers who may be prone to back and neck strain when assuming the contorted body positions normally required for reading while lying down, and for those who have previously found it difficult or impossible to read books in bed, such as the elderly and the disabled.Bed Books can also be read sitting up as easily as with a conventional book.See the current Bed Book Catalog at:www.bedbooks.NETwww.readinginbed.com ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Job
The book Style was different from anything we had ever seen.Would have been nice to have known that. It's hard to explain the way the pages were layed out.It was a style used for bed ridden individuals that promoted comfortable reading in any position.Really like nothing we had ever seen.Took a little getting use to but nothing worth sending the book back over

3-0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights - Bed Book
3 out of 5, only because it's a bed book. The book itself is in good shape, and it arrived quickly. My gripe is that I didn't see it explained anywhere that it is a Bed book, which means the book reads horizontally not vertically. Not a big deal, but irritating none the less.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Book-The format needs some getting used to...
This obviously is a great book, but the Bedbook series format takes a lot of getting used to...

4-0 out of 5 stars Romance, or Reality Check?
This is an interesting book in that people tend to take it in one of two ways. People either feel that Ms. Bronte is drawing a love story between Heathcliff and the 1st Catherine, or that Ms. Bronte is pointing out the 'terrible truth' of the failings of romantic love. I myself lean towards the latter. For one thing, the 1st Catherine dies 1/2 way through the story.

The story is basically this. Mr. Earnshaw (father of Hindley and the 1st Catherine) brings home an abandoned child. (Heathcliff) At the risk of oversimplifying, Heathcliff is basically responsible for rifts in the Earnshaw household. (For one thing, Hindley, with some justification feels that he has lost his father's love to Heathcliff.) Heathcliff seems to bring out the worst in both Hindley and Catherine. While we may sympathize with Heathcliff from time to time, he basically represents vengeance and destruction.

Moving on, you will probably notice that while that while certain characters display passion for each other, the happiness DOES NOT last into the marriage. We may be tempted to think that Nelly Dean is in fact Emily Bronte herself scoffing at the characters she created.

Moving on, the 1st Catherine (who married Edgar Linton) dies leaving behind one daughter Catherine (2). The widowed Hindley dies leaving behind a brain damaged son (Hareton). The story then switches focus to Hareton, the widower Edgar, Edgar's daughter Cathy (2), and Heathcliff's son Linton. It is interesting that Edgar is the most likable once he is a widower trying to raise his daughter. Heathcliff remains a character of darkness and vengeance bringing pain and torment to the surviving characters. (For someone who is famous for loving the 1st Catherine, he sure doesn't mention her much. Nor does he seem to have any problem treating her daughter wickedly.) There is something called false imprisonment, as well as kidnapping!

I don't want to ruin the book for those of you who haven't read it. But there is an interesting resolution that to some extent gives the romantic at heart what they want. However, at the same time, Heathcliff's expansion of character is limited. While many see this as a romantic novel, Miss Bronte is offering us an interesting reality check. (Passions are often short lived, and do not often last once marriage and reality set in). ... Read more

12. Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters
by Denise Giardina
Paperback: 335 Pages (2010-07-05)
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Asin: 0393338487
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“A convincing reimagining of the Brontë story, perfect for Brontë fans.”—BooklistEnigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Brontë refuses to bow to the conventions of her day. She is distrustful of marriage, prefers freedom above all else, and walks alone at night on the moors above the isolated rural village of Haworth. But Emily’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of an idealistic clergyman named William Weightman. A heart-wrenching love story, Emily’s Ghost plumbs the depths of faith, longing, and romantic solitude. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Skewed History
Once more an author attempting fiction about the Brontes has totally goofed up the facts.So Mary Taylor was supposedly at Cowan Bridge School with the little Bronte girls, huh?Nope, she wasn't.Most detestable of all, Charlotte is portrayed as a desperate, man-hungry old maid, a comical spinster plotting and scheming to catch a husband.This is revolting that an author wants to depict her thus.Charlotte never connived to get Willie Weightman into her snare or rabidly "hunted down men" in order to have them to marry her -- she turned down 3 other marriage proposals before accepting her 4th from Arthur Bell Nichols, in fact, and her infatuation with Monsieur Heger in Brussels was believed to be much encouraged by him.

Plus, William Weightman's quasi-romantic relationship with Emily in this novel never happened either.He was probably one of the few young guys she got closest to as a buddy, but those long intimate walks and exchanged confidences while they pined for one another - an almost neurotically shy and aloof girl wasn't going to get mushy with the young man her sisters teased and bantered with, and risk being the subject of their hilarious derision, however good-natured.Maybe there was more than a crush on Anne Bronte's part and as the prettiest and sweetest-natured of the sisters, he may have semi-seriously pined for her attentions and vigorously flirted, but otherwise, the author is really grabbing at "a new slant" for a book and this makes for an obnoxious and dippy novel.Don't bother with it except as something to add to one's repertoire of Bronte fiction, and some realistic - and accurate -descriptions of the ghastly illnesses rampant in that dangerously filthy sewer of the 1840's Haworth village.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Portrait
A fine new novel of the Bronte sisters and William Weightman, the brave liberal-minded pastor who came rushing into
their needy and undernourished lives.The character of Emily is beautifully imagined, and Weightman (I confirmed
through the internet and other sources) was a real historical personage and persistent presence in the lives of
the sisters--one quite capable of impacting their lives in the manner depicted in this novel.After reading it, I
felt, "This is the way it must have been" and even "This IS Emily!"Charlotte, on the other hand, may have been a
little short-shrifted, although her personal failings--egotism, self-righteousness, a complete absence of humor--
are quite apparent in her own novels, and she too is convincingly portrayed in this one.We pity her, her sister
Anne, lost brother Bramwell, and well-meaning, unimaginative father; but we are amazed and pleasurably confounded
by Emily.Very highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Her Best Yet
Denise Giardina brings the world of the Brontes to life in a vividly felt novel of Emily's last years. Her taut prose draws the reader into the pull between her modest financial and social condiditons in Northern England and the vastness of her imagination. We realize that Emily's romance was with more than the doomed characters most know her for; it was with life and compassion and the certainty that reality transcends the physical realm. Inspiring!

2-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating, yet oddly readable
If you've read at least one biography of the Brontes, you're apt to find this novelisation of the life of Emily and her family exasperating, if not downright irksome. For starters, Denise Giardina alters some of the more mundane facts for what seems to be no good reason (Emily's hawk was named Hero, for instance, not Nero as Giardina would have it). Then there's the principal conceit of the novel itself: that Emily and her father's curate William Weightman were deeply in love, a love so intense it drove her to prolonged fits of sobbing and even near-murder (don't ask). Giardina manages to explain away why no evidence of said love remains, but she never convinces that this scenario could have been. Some of that may be because she does more telling than showing. We're told that Emily's fictional world and her writing are at least as important to her as her real world, yet we're never given more than the barest glimpse of her alternative reality, nor do we see her writing. If, as we're told, Emily's fear of losing the freedom to imagine and write was the primary reason she refused to marry Weightman, shouldn't that aspect of her be delineated as much as her bread-baking and her training of her hawk?

As I read the book, I wondered repeatedly why Giardina didn't take the fictionalisation a step further, and make the protagonists not Emily and Weightman but, say, Elinor and Walter, who lived not in Yorkshire but in the Highlands. Was it because by draping this unlikely plot onto a well-known figure she could take short cuts in terms of setting the milieu? Personally I'd have enjoyed the book more if I wasn't continually thinking how dissimilar the Emily, and to a lesser degree, the Patrick Bronte of this book were to their real-life counterparts based on the knowledge I already had of them--especially as the plotting, pacing, and characterisations are quite entertaining, as is the writing for the most part (barring a few real clunker sentences).

All in all, instead of reading Emily's Ghost, I'd suggest picking up another recent novel about the Brontes, the far superior Charlotte and Emily by Jude Morgan--or rereading Wuthering Heights, which is what I started doing almost immediately upon finishing this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written
Although I am familiar with Wuthering Heights and Jane Erye, I feel ashamed of saying I have never read them. I really never knew too much about the Bronte sisters. I am glad that I had no expectations when I chose this book to read. I found it to be wonderfully researched and written. I was so curious about the Bronte family, that I began researching their lives on the internet. From the first page I was grabbed. I didn't want to put it down. I could visualize 19th century Britain and it wasn't a pretty picture. I visited London with my family last year and tried to picture what it was like in the 1800's. The modesty of the times intrigued me and almost made me long for a time when men and women were not so openly lustful of each other. It seemed more romantic to write letters of longing without the sexual overtones of today's society. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Bronte fans or not. ... Read more

13. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
 Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1983-10-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
Book arrived very speedily and was in excellent condition, would certainly purchase from this seller again. ... Read more

14. The Complete Works of the Brontë Family
by Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Patrick Brontë
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-06-11)
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Asin: B003RISOWI
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The Brontë sisters made up one of the most well known literary families of all time. Collected in this giant book is the collective works of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë (along with their father Patrick Brontë). The book contains a navigable table of contents to help you easily find the work you are looking for.

Included in this edition:
Agnes Grey
Jane Eyre
Cottage Poems
The Professor
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Works of the Bronte Family
This edition has a lot of typos, but it's only $0.99. If you can overlook the typos then this edition is alright. ... Read more

15. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-24)
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Wuthering Heights is a gothic novel, and the only novel by Emily Brontë. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte.

The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (as an adjective; wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.

Now considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews by critics when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty. Though Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was initially considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that its originality and achievement made it superior. Wuthering Heights has also given rise to many adaptations and inspired works, including films, radio, television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, ballet, opera, and song. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for every Classic Lover of Literature
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847 but under her pen name of Ellis Bell. This is shown on the original cover it. Critics saw the potential apparent in the complex and cyclical plot . Some were shocked and dismayed by the passionate and powerful storyline.

Thus the combination of characters and unbridled passion together with a complex story is what makes Wuthering Heights an eternal classic and a favorite in many modern literary circles.

The darkness of the story and the lack of accompanying moral teachings shocked many of its contemporaries, while the intricacies of the cyclical plot--the destruction and ultimate reunification of the families--were overlooked until recent decades. A novel that combines masterful literary devices with all of the scandals of a soap opera, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights was a drama far ahead of its time.

An excellent read and hard to put down. In Kindle form it is a must for any Kindle. ... Read more

16. Wuthering Heights, A Longman Cultural Edition
by Emily Bronte, Alison Booth
Paperback: 464 Pages (2008-01-25)
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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, Wuthering Heights, edited by Alison Booth, presents Emily Bronte’s haunting, brilliant novel freshly edited, smartly annotated, and illuminated by various contexts.  This illustrated edition is unique in locating Wuthering Heights in its region as well as period, while it follows every phase of the Brontë renown, from tourism to adaptations, from early reviews to recent critical trends. 

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4-0 out of 5 stars one of the best "study" editions so far...
As with other Wuthering Heights editions, I will not delve into the depths of this strangest and strongest of novels, with its haunting poetical intensity, its everyday realism, its display of physical and psychical violence, its metaphysical contents and its eerie beautiful otherness. As the noted critic C. A. Swinburne put it in 1883:
"It may be true that not many will ever take it to their hearts: it is certain that those who do like it will like nothing very much better in the whole world of poetry or prose".
By the way, whatever the edition you end up with (or none), don't forget to have
a try with Emily Bronté poems, or a sensible selection from them. I realize that this review is by far too long: so, if you are in a hurry, I think that you can skip safely to the last paragraph ("SO WHAT?") for practical recommendations.

The real issue that we face now is: how much does THIS PARTICULAR EDITION of Emily Brontë's novel measure up to its intended goal? How does it compare with other editions currently available?
Beginning with the bottom line, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST "STUDY" EDITIONS EVER, together with Beth Newman's one for Broadview Press and Dunn's one for Norton Critical (4th edition). By a "study" edition (in roughly the same sense as a "study" Bible), I mean one that is richly annotated, with an interesting Introduction and a variety of context-oriented documents, such as critical reviews or essays, biographical or chronological items, a selection of poems or other writings... Such an edition must be evaluated firstly by his handling (more or less scholarly or careful) of the TEXT(s) involved, then by the choice of supplementary materials (whether interesting or not, balanced or else), in third place by the quality and accuracy of the Introduction and notes, ending with very important issues of design (user-friendly, beautiful) and material production (durability, paper and print quality, binding).

IN SUMMARY, lest I get too long and formal, this is a well cared for, accurate and reliable 1847-type text, springing out of the University of Virginia electronic texts, but tightly controlled by the 1976 Clarendon Edition one (by Hilda Marsden and Ian Jack), and silently adapted aspunctuation is concerned (resulting in a friendly version, which the scholarly reconstructed punctuation of Clarendon is not).
THE INTRODUCTION is short (11 pp) and well planned so that it opens ways for understanding, but can be read before the novel without spoiling anything.
It sounds a bit like run-of-the-mill material, but this is a deceiving image
(Alison Booth's command of the material is always there).
THE ANNOTATION IS VERY GOOD and extensive enough, with full and right glosses of the dialect tirades, and accurate, to-the-point information on biblical or literary references, or contextual ways and means.
In that most elusive of references, the one about Milo (of Croton) in Chapter IX, however, Alison Booth edition slips a little, like many other good ones (with Clarendon doing a little better, the ones getting the story right if not in full are Barnes&Noble, Wordsworth Classics, Penguin/Nestor, Broadview/Newman, Oneworld Classics and the excellent but ill-fated Routledge edition by Heather Glen). According to the Geography of Strabo, Book XII, which is the only source for this story, Milo in his old age tried to tear apart in two a tree half split and with a wedge to retain it open. He then exerted all his force with his hands, opening the gap wide enough for the wedge to drop off; the tree closed (it requires an ever increasing force to continue opening the trunk -this is Hooke's Law in physics-) and trapped the hands of Milo, who was then devoured by wolves.
It is regarding this story that we read in the novel:"Who is to separate us, pray? They'll meet the fate of Milo!" (who also tried unwisely and deadly to SEPARATE something). Saying in a note, as Booth does, "In the classical fable, Milo, an athlete, tried to pull a tree up by the roots" is a little misleading (not only do we lose the "separation factor", but also accuracy. Milo is neither a fable nor a myth, but a real human being with a place both in time and on earth, mentioned with consistent witness by two of the best historians of the time, other than Strabo. As to the stories connected to him, nothing is known for sure when we go into the details, and so the label "legend" is most appropriate).

The CONTEXTUAL MATERIALS are well chosen and presented. The only problem, and I think THE GREATEST PROBLEM with this otherwise excellent edition, is that there are 40+ items of this material and only 130 pages to fit them in: it looks hopelessly like a motley medley of maddening fragments, with, say, ONLY FIVE OF EMILY'S POEMS, which is both a pity and a blunder. There are interesting curios as the "Table of the average yearly wages paid to domestics... according to their rank in a household".
More important are the pages devoted to Yorkshire dialect (too scarce) and ballads (very good). There is also a fair amount of space (11 pages) allotted to "cultural dissemination", that is,works of art (songs, theatrical or musical adaptations as well as TV or movie ones, sequels...) deriving from or related with the novel.
The data included are very good and complete except for the chapter on translations in which, just as an example, only two translations into Spanish are listed, and only one in current use although it is barely acceptable: there are by now no less than TEN Spanish translations easily available; some are very good, some are rightly annotated, none is both things together and none is based on the 1847 text (but on the 1850 one).

MATERIAL PRODUCTIONis... fair enough, as far as I can tell without ripping apart my copy. A not-too-bad paperback, perhaps even signature-sewn but without flaps (with cover corners and even front-edge vulnerable). Paper quality looks good (time will tell) and printing quality is excellent. Design is clear and user-friendly
(I will not comment on the typeface they use for big headlines, perhaps somebody will love it).

If an accurate and reliable text and a rich annotation are a must,
then stick to this Longman Cultural Edition (by Alison Booth).
If you can make do with a generally reliable text with a few errors, some idiosyncratic readings and inconsistencies and, besides, you don't mind a scanty annotation (but with full dialectal glosses), and you will appreciate the finest choice ever of contextual materials (but with only EIGHT OF EMILY's POEMS) as well as a MOST INTERESTING and thought-provoking INTRODUCTION (29pp), then choose the Broadview Press edition by Beth Newman (be sure not to pick their earlier one by Christopher Heywood!).
If, on the other side, you may accept a generally reliable text and a very scanty annotation (but with full dialectal glosses), and you would appreciate the best presentation ever of early reviews and similar materials (Charlotte's prefaces for 1850, and some letters by Charlotte) and you would enjoy a really good and wide enough selection of EIGHTEEN EMILY's POEMS, then don't miss the elegant and no-nonsense Fourth Edition of Norton Critical (by R.J. Dunn, with almost the same text, for good and worse, of the late and mourned William M. Sale 1963 1st edition).

Have a haunting reading!
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17. The Brontë Collection: Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey (Halcyon Classics)
by Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Anne Brontë
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-05-12)
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Asin: B0029NZX0I
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This Halcyon Classics ebook contain three popular works by the Brontë family of writers: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë, JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë, and AGNES GREY by Anne Brontë.

This book is DRM free and includes an active table of contents for easy navigation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Brontes
I've just re-read Emily's and Charlotte's books for the umpteenth times.Sweet, summer reading.I'm about to embark on Anne's, which I've never read.Thank you for putting them in Kindle form. ... Read more

18. Wuthering Heights: A Classic Romance Novel Of English Literature By Emily Bronte!AAA+++
by Emily Bronte
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-22)
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Emily Brontë's only novel, this tale portrays Catherine and Heathcliff, their all-encompassing love for one another, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them both, leading Heathcliff to shun and abuse society. First published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, Wuthering Heights is considered to be a classic of English literature.

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19. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-04-04)
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Kindle edition of Emily Emily Brontë's classic novel. This edition includes an active table of contents. ... Read more

20. Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, and Emily Brontë
by Maureen Adams
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2007-07-31)
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“Move over Marley. Make room for Carlo (Emily Dickinson's giant Newfoundland). Or Flush (Elizabeth Barrett Browning's golden cocker spaniel). Or, maybe, Keeper (Emily Bronte's intimidating mastiff mix). In self-contained chapters of "Shaggy Muses," the work of each author is viewed intimately within the context of the canine companions who provided love, comfort and inspiration."
- Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor, The Chicago Tribune

“With this book, Adams has created a niche that will thrill those who love literature, biography and dogs.”
- Bark Magazine

“Dog lovers and literary groupies alike will adore SHAGGY MUSES.”

“These concise biographies are affecting and engaging.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Written with lively, accessible prose, this absorbing, wholly unique book is a must-read for literature- and dog-lovers alike.”

“Lovers of both dogs and classic writers will identify with this sweet, quirky book.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An intimate look into the lives of famous women authors whose lives were more difficult than we would ever have imagined. Their dogs helped them to survive and create their great works of classic English literature. Lovers of literature and all of those interested in the human/animal bond should read this fascinating book.”
Temple Grandin , author of Animals in Translation

“I so enjoyed SHAGGY MUSES. It manages very successfully to bring into focus exactly why these dogs were important to these writers—an intriguing mixture of providing some with confidence, some with love, some with protection and all of them with a curious sense of identification with another spirit which, sometimes, fuelled their writing. No mean feat.”
Margaret Forster, author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Life and Loves of a Poet

"Adams, a clinical psychologist, explores the many roles - companions, objects of affection, witnesses, protectors, guides - these dogs played in their owners' lives and their appearances in their work. How charming to visualize delicate Emily Dickinson with amiable Carlo, her Newfoundland, living their lives in Amherst, or Edith Wharton, traveling through Europe with her Pekes." - The Times-Picayune
"Adams, an English professor-turned-clinical-psychologist, shows verve and just the right amount of playfulness. Deftly, she places these furry inspirations into the environments that nurtured and restricted their 19th and 20th century mistresses. The result are five entertaining and insightful minibiographies, exquisite as the 19th century miniature of Barrett Browning and her lapdog Flush included in the text." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"These stories - based on diaries, letters and contemporary accounts with several photographs, many told here for the first time - reveal intimate details and new perspectives on these giants of English and American literature, made even more memorable by Adams' lively writing." - The Providence Journal

"Shaggy Muses' is readable and interesting. . .full of facts and insights. Adams goes beyond the superficial and provides real information." - The Oregonian

"Adams writes these concise biographies with intelligence, verve and tenderness, and her background in literature and psychology makes her uniquely qualified. She does not avert her gaze from each of her subject's troubles but rather shows how each became a greater writer partially through unconditional canine friendship and devotion." - Times-Dispatch

“You’ll call this sentimental–perhaps–but then a dog somehow represents the private side of life, the play side,” Virginia Woolf confessed to a friend. And it is this private, playful side, the richness and power of the bond between five great women writers and their dogs, that Maureen Adams celebrates in this deeply engaging book.

In Shaggy Muses, we visit Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Flush, the golden Cocker Spaniel who danced the poet away from death, back to life and human love. We roam the wild Yorkshire moors with Emily Brontë, whose fierce Mastiff mix, Keeper, provided a safe and loving outlet for the writer’s equally fierce spirit. We enter the creative sanctum of Emily Dickinson, which she shared only with Carlo, the gentle, giant Newfoundland who soothed her emotional terrors. We mingle with Edith Wharton, whose ever-faithful Pekes warmed her lonely heart during her restless travels among Europe and America’s social and intellectual elite. We are privileged guests in the fragile universe of Virginia Woolf, who depended for emotional support and sanity not only on her human loved ones but also on her dogs, especially Pinka–a gift from her lover, Vita Sackville-West–a black Cocker Spaniel who became a strong, bright thread in the fabric of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s life together.

Based on diaries, letters, and other contemporary accounts–and featuring many illustrations of the writers and their dogs–these five miniature biographies allow us unparalleled intimacy with women of genius in their hours of domestic ease and inner vulnerability. Shaggy Muses also enchants us with a pack of new friends: Flush, Keeper, Carlo, Foxy, Linky, Grizzle, Pinka, and all the other devoted canines who loved and served these great writers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Entertaining Accounts of Woman's Best Friend!
This is a very well-written and researched account of 5 renowned women writers/poets and the dogs who were their faithful companions. I was particularly interested because of Emily Bronte being profiled. Her dog, Keeper, looked so much like my dear Buster -- I always joked that Buster was my version of Keeper...

The biographies of the writers -- Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Edith Wharton -- are comprehensive enough to give the reader an insightful overview of the women's lives and the dear roles their beloved dogs played in them. Illustrations and photos of the pets as well as the writers, as available, give a sense of the dog and his or her beloved mistress. Highly recommended--this is a book for dog lovers as well as for fans of the writers portrayed. A fascinating, well-done and inspired read!! What a marvelous book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mini-bios plus dog stories
I really enjoyed learning more about these women writers through tales about them and their dogs. All the women led sad yet productive lives.

However, I thought that the Virginia Woolf section was a stretch. Yes, she loved her dogs, but I don't think they really did anything more for her than most people's dogs do. Also, while I admire Woolf and have enjoyed some of her writing, I found her so self-centered and spoiled I had a hard time sympathizing with her problems.

But that's not the author's fault. She did an excellent job and gave me a lot of new insights into the mother-daughter relationship and how the lack of that important relationship affected these women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shaggy Muses
Fascinating book especially if you enjoy these authors.Aside from their attachments to their dogs, I loved learning more about their lives.Highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pet Therapy
Maureen Adams, a psychologist, has written a compelling collection of biographies of 5 female literary giants, not from the perspective of their artistic sensibility or their importance to the world of letters but from their need for, and extraordinary devotion to, their dogs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf were intellectually gifted women at a time when that was perceived as a liability. Each was raised in an environment where mothers were absent and fathers were aloof and repressive. Each was exposed early to tragedy and loss and, deprived of a nurturing and accepting caregiver, retreated deeply into invalidism and depression. Adams postulates that in every case it was a dog through which each woman learned to love, trust and cope well enough to create an enduring literary legacy.If the premise sounds at all hokey, it's not. The biographies are personal but not anecdotal or trivial. The emphasis is on the psychological gestalt of these women, and the facts are well-researched and frequently fascinating.

Polly Stone's performance is engaging.Her voice is pleasing to the ear, and her tone is sensitive and respectful. A historical time-line concludes each biography.

4-0 out of 5 stars New look at women authors
This was a very interesting new look at some famous authors. Who would have thought Emily Dickenson would love a huge Newfounland? Or expected Emily Bronte to have been the inspiration for Heathcliffe, not Cathy? I finished the book in short order and enjoyed going back to have another look at the famous authors' works. As an English teacher, this was a most enriching experience, and could lead to something 'other than the same old, same old' discussions with my students. ... Read more

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