As I read Wuthering Heights, I find myself somewhat awed by Emily Brontë’s characterization and storytelling, especially given her own sister Charlotte’s assertion (in the 1850 introduction to Wuthering Heights) that Emily didn’t have the opportunity to travel widely and learn a great deal about different types of people. Also, given her age (29) when the novel was completed, her accomplishment is all the more astonishing.
I think many people might read Charlotte’s introduction and find her criticisms somewhat unfair, but they struck me for their even-handedness. Many of us might be tempted to see only good in a sister’s only novel and greatest accomplishment, especially after that sister’s death, but Charlotte seems to me to be quite a keen critic. I’m not sure I agree with her criticisms yet (I think I’ll finish the book first), but I found them interesting nonetheless.
I found an excellent resource for readers of Wuthering Heights. I especially like the photographs and artwork, which help me visualize the setting (not that Brontë is any slouch at description).