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Blog post from Thursday, 30 July, 2015

On this day, 30th July 1818, Emily Bronte, the English author of Wuthering Heights, was born.

Emily Bronte was born in Yorkshire in 1818, her sisters were Charlotte and Anne Bronte, both famous authors. Emily died young, in 1848 of tuberculosis.

Wuthering Heights was originally published in 1847 under the pseudonym, Ellis Bell, as can be seen in this early edition. These books are from the Rare Books collection at the State Library of New South Wales.

This complex novel explores two families—the Earnshaws and the Lintons—across two generations and their homes, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff, the driving force between the action in the book, has become known as the archetype of the tortured romantic hero whose all-consuming passions destroy both himself and those around him.

Discover more about Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights through the State Library’s EResources,

Relevant databases include:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cambridge Companions Online

Literary Reference Center Plus

Literature Resource Center

JSTOR (digital archive of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and science)

British Periodicals

Periodicals Archive Online

These databases are freely available to NSW residents from home, with a valid Library card.