The style of Emily Bronte's writing is more passionate and vivid than that of her sister Charlotte, whose novel "Jane Eyre" received more critical acclaim that Emily's "Wuthering Heights." The hatred and strong emotion that course through "Wuthering Heights" came across as a bit unvarnished, particularly coming from a female author in the middle of the 19th century. Contemporary critics look at that raw content as more authentic than the more refined elements in "Jane Eyre" and the works of Jane Austen.
Emily Bronte may well have been a woman simply born in the wrong century. She went off to boarding school for three months but simply wanted to be back at home on the English moors, as her reclusive tendencies made boarding school a chore. When she tried to teach school, she found that the stress was too much for her. She had no friends who were close and instead focused her interests on the occult and enjoyed isolation in the outdoors. These motifs appear in "Wuthering Heights" as well as in Emily's poetry, which often receives even more acclaim than the novel. The fact that Emily died just a year after "Wuthering Heights" was accepted for publication is one of the great tragedies of 19th-century literature.