One of the top classic books, Wuthering Heights is the only novel by Emily Bronte. First published in 1847, the novel's title refers to the Yorkshire manor on the moors which forms the focal point of the story. Wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather. Often considered a love story, Wuthering Heights is really more a tale of revenge. The story follows the life of its main character, Heathcliff, from childhood (about seven years old) to his death in his late thirties. He rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when the young woman he loves (Catherine) decides to marry another. He returns later, rich and educated and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life. Wuthering Heights is now considered a classic of English literature.