Some necessary judgements and distinctions are now familiar and accepted: Wuthering Heights is a great novel, a classic in its enduring interest and wide popularity. Its success in this latter respect calls to mind G. H. Lewes’s tribute to the drawing power of Hamlet: ‘Only consider what striking effects it has.’1 There is no need to repeat the case for its essential difference and artistic superiority compared with the historical romances, Gothic tales or Godwinian novels of ideas which it can be compared to, in certain respects, and which may have influenced it.
KeywordsHistorical Romance Central Situation Conventional Romance Civilise Manner Enduring Interest
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