Happy Birthday, Emily Brontë
Today is Emily Brontë's birthday. Born in Thorton, Yorkshire, England, in 1818, she is the author of the literary classic, Wuthering Heights.
When it comes to the Brontës, readers seem to fall into two camps — Team Jane Eyre or Team Wuthering Heights — so I decided to check out Amazon's ratings. Wuthering Heights has 3.8 out of 5 stars, while Jane Eyre has 4.4 out of 5 stars.
That seems to echo a short documentary I saw recently, that said Jane Eyre was very well-received, while most of the critics did not like Wuthering Heights at first. It was only later on that the novel gained its momentum.
Yet, although penning only one novel and contributing to a small volume of poems, she is regarded one of the greatest authors in the English-speaking world. Figures it would happen after her death, right?
Sorry to say, although I think Wuthering Heights is a solid piece of work, I much prefer Charlotte's Jane Eyre.
How about you?