Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press; 2005. 1st edition hardcover.
"Whether or not you accept all Emma Tennant's theories, as an imaginative response to Wuthering Heights her beautifully crafted tale is wonderfully engaged and engaging." - Lucasta Miller, Times Literary Supplement, 5th May 2005. "This ambitious novel . . . is a gothic tale . . . The language is Brontė-esque and, most importantly, this works well as a stand alone novel." - The Observer, 27th March 2005. ".it is an unalloyed pleasure." - The Scotsman, 2nd April 2005. "A provocatively rewritten Wuthering Heights." - John Sutherland, Financial Times, the 16th April . "Glorious. with astute satires on academic spats, as well as answering John Sutherlands question: 'Was Heathcliff a murderer?' " - Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman, 17th April 2005. "Whoevers life or work she chooses to embellish, Tennant always makes it work. She is one of the greats, one of the originals." - Sunday Herald, 17th April 2005. Featured in The Independent on Sunday!, 10th April 2005. Emma Tennant's new novel, Heathcliff's Tale, brings together a chilling ghost story, a literary mystery, and a satire of Brontė academic studies. It is the story of the haunting of Henry Newby, a hapless young lawyer despatched to Haworth Parsonage shortly after the death of Emily Brontė to retrieve a novel by Ellis Bell for his uncle, publisher of Wuthering Heights. He soon finds himself adrift in a sea of possibilities: are the pages which burn on the study fire the work of fiction which his uncle awaits, or, as he believes, do they comprise the confessions of a wicked man, a murderer who has brought destruction and misery to all he meets? Who is this Heathcliff who spills his black soul among the flames and ashes? Fact and fiction are intertwined as we are confronted with the enigma of Emily Brontė. How could a young woman with no apparent experience of passion or knowledge of evil, have summoned up Heathcliff? Can evil be passed from one generation to the next? Or is it born out of deprivation and despair? Does it linger, long after the death of the evil-doer-and can it haunt chillingly through the pages of a book? Heathcliff's Tale is grippingly atmospheric and a rattling good read, and should appeal to the general reader, literary aficionado and ghost story enthusiast alike. Emma Tennant was born in London and spent her childhood in the Borders of Scotland. She is the author of over twenty novels, amongst these The Bad Sister, a modern reworking of James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and Felony, an examination of the crimes and misdemeanours surrounding the writing of Henry James's The Aspern Papers. She lives in London. Heathcliff's Tale is published simultaneously as a limited edition of 500 sewn hardback copies of 213 pages, SIGNED by the author. Fine in fine dj.
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