Friday, February 15, 2013

Ten notable Romeo and Juliet stories

Na'ima B. Robert's novels for young adults include From Somalia with Love, Boy vs Girl, Far From Home, and Black Sheep.

One of her ten favorite tales of star-crossed lovers and unrequited love, as told to the Guardian:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A wild, tempestuous setting for a love that was never meant to be. Heathcliffe and Catherine are the quintessential star-crossed lovers – and from beyond the grave at that. I included this one because, again, it is a story of class and family prejudice that is moving on so many levels. Another fine example of a Bronte sister in fine form.
Read about another book on the list.

Wuthering Heights appears on Jimmy So's list of fifteen notable film adaptations of literary classics, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best thunderstorms in literature, ten of the worst nightmares in literature and ten of the best foundlings in literature, Valerie Martin's list of novels about doomed marriages, Susan Cheever's list of the five best books about obsession, and Melissa Katsoulis' top 25 list of book to film adaptations. It is one of John Inverdale's six best books and Sheila Hancock's six best books.

The Page 99 Test: Wuthering Heights.

--Marshal Zeringue