july 30, 2018 – happy birthday, emily brontë!

here’s to 200 years of putting the “wonder” in “one hit wonder!” emily brontë may have only written one book, but what a book, yeah? wuthering heights has been one of my all time favorites since i devoured it at the romantically impressionable age of fifteen, and i’m always down to give a WH retelling a chance, no matter how bananas its premise.

the following is not a list of books i have personally read, although i have indeed read some of them. and i’m not necessarily vouching for the ones i have read; this is just an objective resource i have put together for people who may want to celebrate july by reading a stack of books about emily brontë and marveling at her lasting and…diverse contribution to the world of literature. however, it is a thoughtfully curated list – researched for quality, organized for variety. 

to that end, ta-DAAA – fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, picture books, fantasy, YA, erotica –  books inspired by wuthering heights, lit crit dissecting it, and biographies or novels about emily herself. it’s meant to be representative without being exhaustive, but if there are any books i’ve omitted that are not to be missed, let me know, ‘cuz i’m always looking for more ways to wuther!

Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights - Alison Case

The Heights - Juliet Bell

Ill Will - Michael Stewart

The Lost Child - Caryl Phillips

Black Spring - Alison Croggon

Windward Heights - Maryse Condé

A True Novel - Minae Mizumura

The Heights - Brian James

Barren Cove - Ariel S. Winter

H: The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey Back to Wuthering Heights - Lin Haire-Sargeant

Wuther - V.J. Chambers

Catherine - April Lindner

Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer

The House of Dead Maids - Clare B. Dunkle

Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights - I.J. Miller

Wuthering Bites - Sarah Gray

Catherine, Her Book - John Wheatcroft

Solsbury Hill - Susan M. Wyler

Stone Field - Christy Lenzi

Return to Wuthering Heights - Anna L’Estrange

Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman

Abide with Me - Sabin Willett

Return to Wuthering Heights - Nicola Thorne

Wuthering High - Cara Lockwood

Heathcliff’s Tale - Emma Tennant

A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Brontë - Katherine Frank

Emily Brontë: Heretic - Stevie Davies

Emily Brontë: A Life in 20 Poems - Nick Holland

On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights in Japan - Judith Pascoe

I Am Heathcliff - Kate Mosse, ed.

Always Emily - Michaela MacColl

Wuthering Heights and a Werewolf… and a Zombie Too - Ralph S. King

Wuthering Hearts - Kay Woodward

Heathcliff - Jeffrey Caine

Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit Weather Primer - Jennifer Adams

The World Within - Jane Eagland

The Birth of Wuthering Heights: Emily Brontë at Work - Edward Chitham

Emily’s Ghost: A Novel of the Brontë Sisters - Denise Giardina

Peter’s Room - Antonia Forest

Wuthering Kites - Clover Tate

Fame - Tilly Bagshawe

Fifty Shades of Heathcliff - Annie Cruse

Dance of the Dark Heart - Julie Hearn

The Mist on Brontë Moor - Aviva Orr

Emily Brontë Reappraised - Claire O’Callaghan

Being Emily - Anne Donovan

Wuthering Heights (Barron’s Graphic Classics) - Jim Pipe

The Case of the Missing Brontë - Robert Barnard

Glass, Irony & God - Anne Carson

Emily’s Journal - Sarah Fermi

Brief Candle - Kate Pennington

Wuthering Heights Classics Illustrated - Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights: A Coloring Classic - Emily Brontë

You Make Me - Erin McCarthy

Emily Brontë: Her Life and Work - Muriel Spark

The Summer After the Funeral - Jane Gardam

Changing Heaven - Jane Urquhart


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    July 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I want to read the one with Bogart as Heathcliff on the cover.

    I must say I only read Wuthering Heights once but it struck me as very Jerry Springer. It’s a book that I need to read again.

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