30th July 2018 – Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday
Wuthering Heights was written under Emily’s pen name of Ellis Bell. It was not uncommon for women in the 1840’s to write under a man’s name as shockingly at the time women were perceived as frivolous creatures, their intellectual capacities well below that of a man. 😠
The nom de plumes of the Brontë sisters were Acton Bell, Ellis Bell and Currer Bell. So much talent under one roof in the village of Haworth, on the Yorkshire Moors and they had to disguise their true identities. In 1847 Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey were all published as debut novels.
Wuthering Heights was not well received at the time as it tackled religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality, which shocked the tightly corsetted Victorians, but it remains a timeless classic which encompasses turbulent human emotions.
“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. And this is one: I’m going to tell it – but take care not to smile at any part of it.”
― Emily Brontë,