“A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad ... and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly."-- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1848)
Emily Bronte, part of an extraordinary trio of literary sisters (Charlotte and Anne, of course, were the others), was born on this date in 1818. Her masterpiece, Wuthering Heights, is even more extraordinary on the printed page than the celebrated 1939 film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon (pictured here), as it traces how love lasts, even in a form bent, twisted, and ravaged by class differences and revenge, across generations. One of the great losses ever suffered by literature was her demise so soon after this single, albeit enduring, novel.