Writers and Their Work, New Series

subjects the Emily Bronte myth to radical scrutiny

Emily Bronte
Northcote House (in association with the British Council), Plymouth 1998

This beautifully written and penetrating study subjects the Emily Brontë myth to radical scrutiny, questioning the validity of memorabilia and eye-witness accounts. Contrasting her art with the daguerreotype realism coming into vogue in the 1840s, Stevie Davies reads Emily Brontë's life in terms of the image in Wuthering Heights of landmarks buried or half-buried beneath drifting snow which disguises or betrays underlying realities. This radical reading of Wuthering Heights explores it as a poet's and musician's novel, which can be 'scored' as in opera or the piano transcriptions of symphonies, which Emily Brontë possessed and played. Close study of her sheet music; her germinal Brussels essays; books and journals in her possession; and translations of her work into European languages demonstrate the phenomenal intellectual range, originality and acuity of an author who can be truly regarded as European.

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