Monday, January 22, 2018

Jane Hair

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The Brontës in a hair salon play we have talking about lately opens tomorrow January 23 in Keighley:
Jane Hair. The Brontës Restyled
supported by The Arts Council England & The Bronte Parsonage
Written by Kirsty Smith and Kat Rose-Martin.

Whether you’re Team Charlotte, Team Emily or Team the other one (Anne, her name’s Anne) this interactive performance will explore the surprising story of how three determined young women from a small Yorkshire village managed to stun the literary word.
Set in a modern day hair salon where the sisters work alongside their brother Branwell, Jane Hair offers audiences a chance to get up close and personal with the writers of Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and those other books you’ve not read either.
Tickets are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Keighley College Hair Salon *LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE*
Tuesday 23rd January 7.30pm

Bradford College Hair Salon
Friday 26th January 2pm

Bradford College Hair Salon
Friday 26th January 7.30pm

De Luca Hair Boutique, Thornton *NEW VENUE*
Saturday 27th January 7.30
(Meet at 7.15 at The Brontë Birthplace for a short walk to the salon)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Clinton Herald interviews the new Youth Services Librarian at the Clinton Public Library:
Rachael Keating: What is your favorite book?
Gabriella Torres: That is a tough question. I love so many books. For a long time it was Jane Austin. I just love Jane Austin (sic). I still get a kick of Jane Austin (sic). I love the Brontë sisters, Emily Brontë and Charlotte Brontë. I’ve always been into the classic female authors.
 Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights 40th anniversary is celebrated by several news outlets:
On January 20 1978, one of the most iconic, interesting and entirely entertaining pop singles of all time was created. Kate Bush released ‘Wuthering Heights’ 40 years ago today and we thought we’d jump at the chance to celebrate a piece of pop music history.
The track, undoubtedly inspired by the novel written by Emily Brontë of the same name, was written in the leafy South London suburb in the summer of ’77. As London was swollen with the viscous angst of punk, Kate Bush was creating a masterful pop record.  “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.
It wasn’t only the subject matter of the song, a ghoulish rendition of dry-ice filled moors and written from the point of view of a deceased Cathy Earnshaw’s longing for Heathcliffe (sic). It was the world’s introduction to Kate Bush. Her employment of dance, mime, theatricality began to herald in a new era for pop music. (Jack Whatley in Far Out Magazine)
Ad aggiungersi ai primati e al fascino di Bush e della canzone ci furono la sua ispirazione al famoso romanzo Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë (con cui Bush condivide il giorno di nascita, 140 anni dopo) e le danze con cui Bush ne accompagnò le esecuzioni pubbliche e in video. (Riccardo Mainetti in Il Post) (Translation)
And, of course, Kate Bush News.

Wired on how to fix capitalism:
In her book Creating Character Arcs, K.M. Weiland describes the animating principle of great fiction: “the lie the character believes”. Ebenezer Scrooge is convinced a man’s worth is measured by money; Jane Eyre thinks the only way to earn love is through servitude; the Wolverine of Logan believes caring for people leads to suffering. The lie prevents the protagonist realising their potential – more than any external hindrance, it stands in the way of progress. (Rowland Manthorpe)
The Bowling Green Daily News reviews Pearl Weaver’s Epic Apology by Rachel Keener:
Perhaps my favorite moment was when one member asked a question: “What literary character would you have chosen to be in high school?” because this is what Pearl does when she reinvents herself for school – she decides to become Jane Eyre. We had a lot of fun answering this question individually for ourselves, and debating why the ones we chose meant so very much to us.
Often, finding things we can connect with in a story makes it much more meaningful. When Pearl loses her father, the author does an accurate but beautiful depiction of what loss feels like, how it leaves us reeling and how we all deal with it in very different ways. Pearl is given a box to fill up with things she does not want to lose of her father’s, and in this box she puts a copy of the last book he was reading to her, “Jane Eyre.” Always one of my favorite novels, the way the author used it within this story was amazing. (Fallon Willoughby)
Film Ireland reviews the film Une Vie:
Brizé set the film in the 4:3 Academy Ratio (the same as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights adaptation), with its square – as opposed to rectangular screen shape – claustrophobically boxing Jeanne into a life of marital servitude and imprisonment. After all, as Brizé depicts, this is a time when a priest could come to a wife’s home and request that she not leave her husband, despite his many affairs.
However, these tricks, as evocative as they are, do not engage the viewer or work cinematically. Arnold’s Wuthering Heights aimed for a similarly downtrodden depiction of the 19th century. Yet, that film had a stark but savagely beautiful environment – one which managed to capture the oppressiveness of the period but in a way which felt filmic and memorable. In contrast, Brizé’s film just looks dull, like a BBC made-for-TV Victorian novel adaptation. (steven)
El Correo de Burgos (Spain) presents an interesting literary contest:
El certamen [V Concurso de Microrrelatos] recuerda en cada cita a un escritor de relevancia internacional y este año, la dirección del certamen que encabeza el hontoriano Alberto Martín, ha querido ensalzar la figura de la poetisa británica Emily Brönte (sic) , al cumplirse el centenario de su nacimiento. Para ello, todos los trabajos presentados debían tener en común, comenzar con el último párrafo de su novela ‘Cumbres Borrascosas’. (R.F.) (Translation) 
Finally, Phil Hamlyn Williams tweets the unveiling by the Brontë Society London & South-East of a plaque celebrating William Smith Williams:
a privilege to unveil this plaque to William Smith Williams next to his memorial in Kensal Green Cemetery enabling future generations to know this mentor of young writers whose ‘smile and gentle manner charmed all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.’
A new Blu-Ray release of Wuthering Heights 1970:
Wuthering Heights 1970
Directed by Robert Fuest
With Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith, Ian Ogilvy
BluRay release by Twilight Time Movies
1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 / Color
1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
English SDH
Extra Features: Michel Legrand's soundtrack. Audio Commentary by film historian Justin Humpheryes. Trailer. Booklet by Julie Kirgo.
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Another passionate adaptation of Emily Brontë’s superbly strange, enduringly classic novel, this Wuthering Heights (1970) stars Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall as the doomed and deathless lovers, Heathcliff and Cathy. Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes); shot at wildly beautiful Yorkshire locations by John Coquillon (Straw Dogs).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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York Press Arts editor Charles Hutchinson picks his favourite culture events of 2017.
Stage production of the year in York made outside York: Jane Eyre, National Theatre, Grand Opera House, York, May
"You will not see a better theatre show in York this year, and you won't have seen a better theatre show in York since The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time". So The Press review stated in May. How true that proved to be. Sally Cookson's devised production of vivid, vital imagination brought Jane Eyre back to Yorkshire with breathtaking results.
The Guardian discusses 'the new wave of progressive costume drama'.
The rise of progressive-minded historical dramas – as opposed to the sunlit Laura Ashley-style period films of the 1980s and 90s (think Room with a View to Shakespeare in Love), and the likes of TV’s Downton Abbey – goes back to films such as Andrea Arnold’s radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which cast mixed-race actor James Howson as Heathcliff, and the Amma Asante-directed Belle, the 18th-century-set biopic of Dido Belle, who went from childhood among slaves on a West Indian plantation to frilled frocks in Kenwood House. (Andrew Pulver)
Filmmaker Magazine interviews cinematographer Noah Greenberg about his work for the film Lizzie.
Filmmaker: Were there any specific influences on your cinematography, whether they be other films, or visual art, of photography, or something else?
Greenberg: There were a number of random influences in terms of palette, tone, lighting, and camera movement, but three films that were consistently a part of the conversation were Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Wuthering Heights and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The Scotsman reviews the book Literature And Union - Scottish Texts, British Contexts, edited by Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd and makes a moot point:
Is there a difference between Scottish and English literature? Indubitably. There could not not be, just as there is a difference between literature from Norfolk or Newcastle or Nairobi or New York. One thing does strike me though. In the works of Smollett, Scott, Stevenson and Buchan, for example, we have peripatetic narrators, who cross borders. In much of “English” literature, we have settled communities – Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch, Barchester, Casterbridge – into which there is an intrusion. (Stuart Kelly)
Fodor's Travel recommends '12 Essential Stops in Ireland’s Most Haunted County', ie. County Offaly.
Charlotte Brontë’s Irish Honeymoon
WHERE: Banagher, County Offaly
Arthur Bell married into the famous literary Brontë family. He brought his new wife, Charlotte Brontë , to his childhood home in County Offaly on their honeymoon. The couple visited the old parsonage and Bell’s future home, now a guesthouse called Charlotte’s Way. The current owners are well versed on the Brontë sisters’ sickly fates, their Irish father, and Charlotte’s Irish husband, as the house became a shrine to the family when Bell returned to stay some years after he was widowed. It puts Charlotte’s Way right onto Ireland’s literary map. (Vic O'Sullivan)
Shetland News inquires into Shetland Library's most loaned books in 2017 and we are surprised to find this:
Library manager Karen Fraser said downloadable talking and audio books are becoming increasingly popular.
"Some of our top authors haven't changed much in recent years, but we always find the trends in these charts quite interesting," she said.
"Clive Cussler and Ann Cleeves have the highest e-book loans, though interestingly Charlotte Brontë's Villette makes a respectable third place."
Much as we love writer Elizabeth Taylor, we don't think her works have much to do with Emily Brontë's as Welt (Germany) claims:
Die Romane der Engländerin Elizabeth Taylor (1912–1975) werden oft mit denen von Jane Austen oder Emily Brontë verglichen. (Translation)
The Thousander Club posts about Wuthering Heights and Steve Pafford celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush's musical take on it.
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A Wuthering Heights-inspired performance
today, January 20, in Asti (Italy):
Furi di Quinta presenta (ATtoriamo 2018)
Vento di Vendetta
Liberamento tratto del testo originale Wuthering Heights di Emily Brontë
January 20, 21.00 h
Teatro della Torretta
Piazza N.S. di Lourdes, Asti

Regia: Valter Contiero
Scenografia. Francesco Ramundi
Audio-Luci: Alberto Toscano
Costumi: D.V. Costumi

Alberto Politteri,Veronica Bonomo, Susanna Nuti, Enrico Bossotto, Gaetano Di Natale, Loredana Isoldi, Sergio Di Grad.
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An alert for today, January 20, in Firenze (Italy):
Sala soci Coop Certaldo,
January 20, 17 h
Jane Eyre: il prototipo romantico

Nuovo appuntamento con il ciclo “Il piacere di leggere” per “assaporare” e conoscere nuovi libri. L'incontro, dal titolo Riflessioni letterarie al femminile, nel quale si parlerà di Jane Eyre: il prototipo romantico, sarà tenuto da Francesca Allegri. A fine conversazione verranno preparati e offerti ai presenti, dallo chef Marco Nebbiai, alcuni assaggi di piatti in sintonia con i tempi e i luoghi della narrazione letteraria oggetto dell'incontro. L'iniziativa è organizzata dalla Sezione Soci Coop in collaborazione con Regione Toscana, Biblioteca Comunale di Certaldo, Biblio Coop, Comune di Certaldo e Unicoop Firenze. (Via GoNews)

Friday, January 19, 2018

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DVD Talk reviews the Blu-ray release of Wuthering Heights 1970.
In some respects it's more faithful than the far better regarded 1939 film directed by William Wyler. The cast is excellent, and better suited to their parts than those in the 1939 film version. It lacks the Hollywood polish of that adaptation but is more historically authentic and the budget, reportedly $2-3 million but probably closer to $1 million, is adequate.
As with Wyler's film, this version of Wuthering Heights dramatizes only the first sixteen of the novel's thirty-four chapters, omitting entirely the subsequent generation of characters, and in so doing alters the ending from Brontë's original story. [...]
Robert Fuest directed. A former production designer-turned-television director (particularly numerous episodes of The Avengers), Fuest's main contributions to Wuthering Heights are evocative expressions of loneliness and isolation through his and cinematographer John Coquillon's lensing of the stark North Yorkshire landscape. Peculiarly enough, his later, much-maligned horror film The Devil's Rain (1975) created similar feelings of dread, albeit in a desert setting.
I never much cared for Wyler's film, believing Merle Oberon (as Catherine) and especially Laurence Olivier (as Heathcliff) miscast. Heyward said at the time, "The last version…portrayed him as a regular nice guy and her as sweetness and light. That was not the truth and Hollywood now goes in for the truth. Heathcliff was a bastard and Cathy a real bitch and that's how they'll be in this film."
That's not inaccurate. It's pretty hard to accept the notion of a young Olivier covered in grime and sleeping in a barn, but Dalton looks like he belongs there. Likewise, Anna Calder-Marshall's mesmerizing Catherine projects an ethereal eccentricity, like a woman whose emotions and loyalties are continually short-circuiting. This Wuthering Heights largely rejects the romanticism of the 1939 version, a distortion, really, of Brontë's themes, that nevertheless influenced most subsequent adaptations and percetions of the work generally. In this version, even Hindley subtly, gradually, becomes more sympathetic during the film's second half. The 1939 film also incorrectly set the film in the middle nineteenth century, supposedly because producer Samuel Goldwyn preferred the fashions of that period to the authentic Regency styles of earlier that century.
Beyond the fine principal performances of Calder-Marshall, Dalton, and Julian Glover, Judy Cornwell is especially good as Nellie, who unlike other adaptations secretly is in love with Hindley, a device that adds to the film's effectiveness. In smaller roles, Witchfinder General stars Ogilvy and Hillary Dwyer [Heath] (as Isabella Linton) are good, as are all the younger players, while great veteran character actors like Harry Andrews, Rosalie Crutchley, Hugh Griffith (as Dr. Kenneth), Aubrey Woods (as Joseph, another Earnshaw servant) and many others have fine moments.
Adding class to this atypical AIP production, Michel Legrand was brought in to write the film's excellent score, while Maurice Binder designed its titles. (...)
Parting Thoughts
Not at all bad, AIP's film of Wuthering Heights (boy, does that sound weird) is perfectly respectable; not perfect, but in many ways extremely well done. Highly Recommended. (Stuart Galbraith)
The Telegraph features another 1970s creation based on Wuthering Heights: Kate Bush's song, which will have been released 40 years ago tomorrow.
At around midnight on a clear London night in the spring of 1977, an 18-year-old Kate Bush sat at an upright piano in her flat in Wickham Road, Brockley, and wrote Wuthering Heights. Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, with whom Bush realised she shared a birthday, the song took just a few hours to craft. “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.
But despite the song’s easy creation, no one, Bush included, could have predicted the impact that Wuthering Heights, her debut single, would have on popular culture. Released 40 years ago tomorrow, during an era when disco and punk reigned, it knocked Abba’s Take a Chance on Me off the number one slot and turned Bush into a global star. (Read more) (James Hall)
Musiquero (in Spanish) has written about the song too. Also in Spain, both El País and La Voz de Asturias list what's special about 2018 and both highlight Emily Brontë's bicentenary.
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A new amateur production of Willis Hall's Jane Eyre opens today, January 19, in Dunstable:
Dunstable Rep presents
Jane EyreAdapted by Willis Hall
Directed by Christine Rayment
Performances: 19 — 27 January 2018
Little Theatre, Dunstable

After a wretched childhood, Jane Eyre yearns for new experiences. Accepting a governess position at Thornfield Hall, she soon finds herself falling in love with the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester.
As Jane wins his heart, they seem set to become man and wife, only for a shocking secret to be revealed.
Retaining all the familiar passionate qualities of Charlotte Brontë's novel, Willis Hall has beautifully transposed the nineteenth century world of Jane Eyre to the stage.
Dunstable Gazette quotes the director, Christine Rayment:
“This is a wonderful complete adaptation of the famous novel. I have had a longstanding love of Jane Eyre so I am very privileged to be directing this production.
“We are very lucky at The Rep to have such a high standard of technical and stage crew. Our team of set-build crew work tirelessly to bring our sets to life. This is a challenging production as it is a difficult construction.
“Our lighting designer and crew are designing some exceptional lighting for the production.”
An in Anchorage, Alaska, a production of the 1988 play The Young Jane Eyre:
Anchorage Community Theatre presents
The Young Jane Eyre
by Marisha Chamberlain
Directed by Krista M. Schwarting
January 19 - February 11, 2018
1133 E 70th Ave. Anchorage AK, 99518

This play is exactly what it sounds like; a closer look at the childhood of Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved heroine. In this family oriented and memorable re-telling, we see in fresh detail the relationships, homes, and horrors that made Jane Eyre who she is.
You’ll like Young Jane Eyre if you like: Jane Eyre, British history, coming of age stories

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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An article in The New York Times discusses female anger.
I’d loved Rhys for nearly a decade before I read her final novel, “Wide Sargasso Sea,” a reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” whose whole plot leads inexorably toward an act of destructive anger: The mad first wife of Mr. Rochester burns down the English country manor where she has been imprisoned in the attic for years. In this late masterpiece, the heroines of Rhys’s early novels — heartbroken, drunk, caught in complicated choreographies of passivity — are replaced by an angry woman with a torch, ready to use the master’s tools to destroy his house.
It wasn’t that these authors were writing exclusively about female anger rather than female sorrow; their writing holds both states of feeling. “Wide Sargasso Sea” excavates the deep veins of sadness running beneath an otherwise opaque act of angry destruction, and Plath’s poems are invested in articulating the complicated affective braids of bitterness, irony, anger, pride and sorrow that others often misread as monolithic sadness. “They explain people like that by saying that their minds are in watertight compartments, but it never seemed so to me,” Rhys herself once wrote. “It’s all washing about, like the bilge in the hold of a ship.” (Leslie Jamison)
Atwood Magazine has singer/songwriter Unwoman speak a little about each song from her album War Stories, which we already mentioned last week.
Bad Man
This is sung from the perspective of Mr Rochester, from Jane Eyre. He is the actual worst. I’m critical of this trope, the sweet and perfectly innocent young woman saving a dissolute narcissistic man from himself, which unfortunately is still a popular one. (Mitch Mosk)
Metroactive reviews the film The Phantom Thread and focuses on Mr Rochester too.
Anderson claims that The Phantom Thread is a gothic tale—like Jane Eyre's Rochester, Woodcock is made to falter, rising to love a woman loyal enough to survive his scorn. And it's like the dynamics in Rebecca (1940) with Manville as the Mrs. Danvers character. The perverse difference is that Alma finds a way to bring Woodcock low, and it's not through her sterling character—it's via her desire to be the nursemaid of the immobile man. We have signs of Woodcock's tenderness—he's haunted by the stock-still ghost of his mother, and the hollow voice sounds like he's in the grave already. (Richard von Busack)
Broadway World Australia features the show Out of Character, which
considers some of the questions that have rarely been asked, what did fairy-tales really have to say? What would Charlotte Brontë  have made of Edward Cullen? And what did thirteenth century women think about sex?
Taking well-known characters and authors, in monologue and music, Out of Character searches for an answer to what it is to be a woman and whether it is possible to break out of that womanly character. From the Garden of Eden through to 21st century romance, the show celebrates the curious, the strong, and the uncharacteristic women who have featured in literature throughout history.
Spanish actress Carmen Machi tells ABC (Spain) about how she decided she wanted to be an actress.
Tengo la sensación de que desde muy niña entendía el juego interpretativo. Pero hubo un momento decisivo. Casi a escondidas, pues tenía dos rombos, vi la película "Jane Eyre", en la que trabajaba Elizabeth Taylor. No era la protagonista, pero a mí me impresionó cómo moría aquejada de tuberculosis -su personaje tenía más o menos mi edad-, y en mi habitación, yo sola, reproduje la emoción que había sentido. Creo que me fascinó la catarsis de fingir morir. (Carmen R. Santos) (Translation)
Europe 1 (France) had a special programme on the Brontës. You can listen to it (in French, obviously) here.
Les sœurs Brontë. La force d’exister : c’est le titre de l’ouvrage de Laura El Makki, paru chez Tallandier à l’automne dernier. Franck Ferrand reçoit aujourd’hui son auteur. Lorena Martin nous emmènera ensuite sur les traces des sœurs Brontë, à Haworth – elle évoquera notamment le bicentenaire d’Emily Brontë. (Translation)
Svenska Dagbladet reviews the short stories collection Nordisk fauna by Andrea Lundgren:
Här finns en ironisk-seriös allusion på feministiska klassiker som Virginia Woolfs "Ett eget rum" och Gilbert & Gubars analys av "Jane Eyre", "The madwoman in the attic". (Translation)
The Brontë Babe reviews Charlotte Brontë's novelette Stancliffe's Hotel. The Sisters' Room has an article on 'Anne Brontë's silent revolution' and Anne's 198th birthday was celebrated by AnneBrontë.org yesterday.
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In Bourbonnais, IL a reading of Jane Eyre:
Thursday, Jan. 18
"Jane Eyre" Book Club, 6 p.m., Bourbonnais Public Library, Cardinal Conference Room. Reading chapters 1-15 of "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte and discussing them. Info. (Via Kankakee Daily Journal)
March 2018: Chapters 16-27
May 2018: Chapters 28-38
And an alert from the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2018 (Bohemian National Hall, New York):
Thursday, January 18
12 noon
Pot(tery) Tales in Victorian Painting and Literature”—Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, Adjunct Curator, Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
There is a wealth of information to be gleaned by deciphering ceramics in Victorian art and literature. This richly illustrated presentation shows how English Genre, Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic artists, as well as novelists Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Anthony Trollope charged their pottery and porcelain with deep metaphorical meanings to heighten the narrative for the public to interpret. Crockery in the cupboard, on the mantel, the table or the floor represented popular motifs, exemplifying topical issues that touched on hygiene, faith, temperance and etiquette. Broken and empty vessels stood for despair and neglect, and personified “fallen” women. Alternatively, platters and cups filled with food, drink and flowers signified happiness and domesticity. Specific objects, especially jugs, were coded by color, size, form, and location to demarcate gender and virtue, whereas the ubiquitous blue willow plate ignited the social divisions of the time: on the one hand serving as a lightening rod of bad taste and lower class and on the other hand embodying national pride of English manufacturing, nostalgia and domesticity, only to be embraced and adopted in the mania for blue-and-white china. This talk explains how depictions of ceramics played a central role moralizing and decorating Victorian society.
Dr. Gotlieb is the 2017 Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and was previously the Gardiner’s chief curator and interim executive director. She is currently writing a book titled Ceramics in Victorian Literature and Painting: Meanings and Metaphors.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First of all, a reminder that Anne Brontë was born on a day like today in 1820. We are two years away from her own bicentenary.

Recently, The Stage picked last year's Octagon Theatre production of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as one of the best shows in the UK in 2017. The Bolton News is proud of it.
The Octagon Theatre has been recognised for staging one of the best shows in the country.
Its adaptation of the Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in spring last year was named as one of the best shows from around the UK in 2017 by leading specialist entertainments and theatre publication The Stage.
The national recognition comes just days before the theatre brings another Brontë classic — Jane Eyre — to the stage.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was one of just eight shows to be picked from across the country.
Elizabeth Newman, artistic director who directed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and who is also directing Jane Eyre, said: “We’re thrilled it was picked out as one of The Stage’s top shows of 2017. It was wonderful to direct this passionate play adapted by Deborah McAndrew. She really did capture the essence of Anne Brontë’s novel, which still resonates over 100 years after it was written.
“We had a brilliant cast and I loved to see audiences engaging with the play. I am very excited to be working on another Bronte story this year and am busy in rehearsals for Jane Eyre which opens on Thursday.” (Saiqa Chaudhari)
The Yorkshire Evening Post has published a letter from an enthusiastic life member of the Brontë Society:
In praise of Parsonage Museum
Jean Bull, Addingham.
As a life member of the Brontë Society, I would like to commend those involved at the Parsonage Museum at Haworth, who promote the Brontë family. The bicentenary anniversaries have brought in new audiences because of the vibrancy and creativity of events. April 2016 started with a party in Haworth, items loaned for exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and the Morgan Library in New York, and a ceremony in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. The society is working hard to reach a wider audiences locally, nationally and globally. Be there to celebrate.
This might just be our first sighting of Valentine's Day this year: Yorkshire Life has put together a list of '10 romantic things to do in Yorkshire'.
A novel idea
Wuthering Heights is, of course, not a real location, but you can visit Top Withens, thought to be the place that inspired Emily Brontë to put pen to paper to recount the bleak romance of Cathy and Heathcliff.
Visit the village of Haworth a great day out and of course, stop by Haworth Parsonage, the Brontë family home.
Libreriamo (Italy) turns to fictional characters for inspiration to face 2018.
Jane Eyre: trascorri un po ‘di tempo con te stesso
Da un lato, Jane Eyre racconta la storia d’amore tra Jane e un uomo che tiene rinchiusa in un attico la sua prima moglie malata di mente. Dall’altro lato, Jane Eyre si presenta come uno dei primi romanzi scritti da una donna a contenere un messaggio inaspettato: “Se non ami te stessa, come diavolo puoi amare qualcun altro?” Jane sposa Rochester soltanto quando riuscirà ad essere mentalmente, emotivamente e finanziariamente indipendente e uguale a lui. Il consiglio, dunque, è quello di passare un pò di te da sole con se stesse per imparare a conoscersi meglio. (Translation)
Poet Rita Maria Martinez has got in touch with us to let us know that the podcast Bonnets at Dawn interviewed her and they 'talked about Charlotte's letters, reading to spark the poetic imagination,  and how illness or disability can shape one's writing'. You can listen to it here on episode 28.
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A new adaptation of Jane Eyre opens tomorrow, January 18, in Bolton:
Jane Eyre
based on a the novel by Charlotte Brontë
A new adaptation by Janys Chambers and Lorna French
Directed by Elizabeth Newman
Octagon Theatre Bolton
Thu 18 January - Sat 10 February 2018


Jessica Baglow ... Jane Eyre
John Branwell ... Brocklehurst/Rev Wood/Capt. Frederick Lynn/Robert/Carter
Claire Hackett ... Mrs Reed/Mrs Fairfax/Lady Ingram
Michael Peavoy ... Mr Rochester
Marc Small ... Richard Mason/St.John Rivers
Kiruna Stamell ... Bessie/Miss Scratcherd/Grace Poole/Diana Rivers
Anna Tierney ... Abbot/Miss Temple/Blanche Ingram/Mary Rivers
Leah Walker ... Bertha Mason/Louisa Ingram/Miss Rosamund

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Penniless and alone, Jane emerges from a bleak childhood to make her way in life as a governess. At Thornfield Hall she falls in love with her mysterious employer Mr Rochester, however he is hiding a terrible secret that could ruin everything.

Jane’s indomitable spirit, sharp wit and great courage drives her to fight for her independence and to follow her heart whatever the obstacles. This new stage adaption is a passionate and dramatic retelling of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Yorkshire Post features the new play Jane Hair.
The new theatre production Jane Hair: The Brontës Restyled, tells the story of Emily, Charlotte, Anne and Branwell’s path to fame, and is set, and performed in, a hairdressing salon. It will tour venues in the heart of Brontë Country, at a time when accusations have been rife that there has been a effort to “dumb-down” the appeal of the novels, after actress Lily Cole was appointed as a creative partner of the Brontë Society, prompting the resignation of one of its prominent members. But for the creators of the new play, and for the Arts Council and the Brontë Society, who have supported it, the production is an opportunity to celebrate the literary family. It was devised by Haworth-born writer and television producer Kirsty Smith, of Sneaky Experience, and actress Kat Rose-Martin, who is from Bradford and spent last year touring with Northern Broadsides as well as playing Britain’s first female boxer as part of Hull City of Culture.
Miss Smith said: “We both felt there wasn’t anything out there about the Brontës that connected with us as local women. These were brilliant, inspirational women from Bradford who did things that weren’t expected of them. “We want to introduce them to people who know nothing about the Brontës. A lot of people only know them as faces on a tea towel and may be surprised by what they achieved. “Old school Brontë fans may be a little surprised by their presentation, but the play is about how hard they worked on their path to fame.” The play will be performed at Keighley and Bradford colleges, and at a hair salon in Thornton, later this month - just weeks after the Brontë name was again at the centre of controversy when former Brontë Society member and author Nick Holland, claimed Ms Cole’s appointment had turned what will be the 200th anniversary year of Emily Brontë’s birth into a “rank farce”. Miss Smith said the modern take on the Brontë family story, which sees the family work in a hairdressers while pursuing their own creative projects - is an opportunity for more people to “have ownership” of the Brontës. “The Brontës have been dead for 200 years - no one knows what they would think of anything today,” she said. “Let’s not be afraid to talk about them in a new way.”
Audience development officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Jenna Holmes, said: “One of our roles is to partner with artists on new work that will surprise or challenge people’s preconceptions of the Brontes. “We recognised that Jane Hair would bring new and different audiences to the Brontes’ and were happy to support Sneaky Experience to develop and promote the piece.” The play will be performed at hair salons at Keighley and Bradford Colleges, plus in the heart of Brontë Country in Thornton, where the siblings were born. Head Of Department at Keighley College, Victoria Aird, said its salon was the “perfect setting” for a play celebrating artistic excellence from Keighley, while a Bradford College spokesman said it was excited to be part of an “innovative performance”.
Starring actors Kat Rose-Martin, Rosie Fox, Jeanette Percival and Ryan Greaves, tickets are still available for two shows at Bradford College on January 26, and at De Luca Hair Boutique in Thornton on January 27 (meet at the Brontë Birthplace at 7.15pm) via (Lindsay Pantry)
Still locally, The Telegraph and Argus reports that, 'Tourism [is] now worth £656m a year to Bradford's economy' and looks forward to 2018:
“With more regeneration in the city centre and a programme of cultural and creative events taking place across the district including the British Science Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, events to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Emily Brontë, and Tour de Yorkshire, 2018 looks set to be another great year to visit Bradford.” (Rob Lowson)
The novel Under the Pendulum Sun, by Jeanette Ng is described by Black Girl Nerds as 'a Brontë hommage on LSD'.
Catherine’s brother, Laon Helstone, has disappeared in Arcadia, the Fae land, a recently discovered land that most colonizing powers are now desperate to establish trade links with. Catherine, with the support of the missionary society her brother belongs to, leaves to Arcadia, hoping she will find him.
From the start, Under the Pendulum Sun establishes its strong Victoriana theme. It isn’t only visible in how the characters behave but also in who they are, as one of the main characters is a missionary. Their morals too are very much Victorian. But Under the Pendulum Sun also references to many Victorian works: it goes from hymns, to the Victorian texts referring to faes, to inspiration from the Brontës novels and particularly to Jane Eyre: just like St. John Rivers dreams of becoming a missionary, Laon is one; just like Jane met Mr. Rochester, Catherine will meet a man falling from his horse.
The risk of so many references is always that they would lead to a sterile game of spot the references, but I strongly suspect Ng to have taken a fiendish delight in getting the Brontës fans elaborating theories based on what they knew, just so she could take the rug from under their feet a couple of times. (C.)
The Times publishes the obituary of the actress Belle Emberg (1937-2018) and mentions a curious anecdote:
Her stage debut was in repertory in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in 1962. Although she spent her 28th birthday in a closed coffin while filming Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, her 40th was happier occasion. “Paris . . . and yes, life does begin at 40,” she said with glee.
La Voz de Galicia (Spain) mentions Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights in an article about women singers' songs about ghosts.
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The new Faber & Faber Poetry Diary includes poetry by Emily Brontë:
Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2018
Various Poets
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571334360
Published 07/09/2017

The Faber poetry list, originally founded in the 1920s, was shaped by the taste of T. S. Eliot who was its guiding light for nearly forty years. Since the sixties, each passing decade has seen the list grow with the addition of poets who were arguably the finest of their generation. In recent years the creation of the Poet to Poet series has further broadened the scope of Faber poetry by including the work of great poets from the past selected and introduced by the contemporary poets they have inspired.

Samuel Beckett * Emily Berry * William Blake * Emily Brontë * Rupert Brooke * Lord Byron * John Clare * Julia Copus * Walter de la Mare * Carol Ann Duffy *Douglas Dunn * T.S. Eliot * Seamus Heaney * Thomas Hood * Gerard Manley Hopkins *A.E. Housman *Ted Hughes * Ben Jonson * John Keats * Philip Larkin * Lachlan Mackinnon * Louis MacNeice * Dorothy Molloy * Bernard O’Donoghue * Sylvia Plath * Maurice Riordan *Sam Riviere * William Shakespeare * Percy Bysshe Shelley * Stevie Smith * Stephen Spender * Wislawa Szymborska * Alfred, Lord Tennyson * Edward Thomas * Jack Underwood * Hugo Williams * William Wordsworth * W.B. Yeats

Monday, January 15, 2018

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A Venezuelan expert in economy quotes from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights in an article on Finanzas Digital.
¿Eres capaz de concentrarte en el foco del problema y diferenciar entre lo importante y lo accesorio? Al respecto  Emily Brontë dijo una frase genial: Un hombre sensato debe tener bastante compañía consigo mismo. (Víctor Maldonado C.) (Translation)
'A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.' The words, uttered by Lockwood, come from chapter III.

El colombiano (Colombia) interviews children's book writer Janny van der Molen.
¿Quiénes son sus mayores influencias?
“Siempre me ha encantado leer, desde muy pequeña. Cuando era joven amaba a las Brontë, Dickens y Austen. Me inspiró mucho el diario de Etty Hillesum, una mujer judía que escribió en la II Guerra Mundial como Ana. Sin embargo, en mi campo de la novela testimonio trato de encontrar mi propio camino”. (María Antonia Giraldo Rojas) (Translation)
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Today, January 15, a chance to see a reading of Stephen Kaplan's Branwell (and the Other Brontës) in New Jersey:
Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë - Reading
by Stephen Kaplan
Writer's Theatre of New Jersey
Soundings Series
Dreyfuss Theatre | Fairleigh Dickinson University | Madison NJ 07940
January 15, 7:00 PM

The Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne) had incredibly vivid imaginations that allowed them to create such masterpieces as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. However, it is in their own private fantasy worlds, first invented when they were children, that they find their most inspired outlets. With a clear set of rules, they escape to these worlds whenever fancy pleases them. But when reality threatens to crash in, the siblings start changing the rules in order to avoid the inevitable and fight to keep their cherished worlds alive. Though set in the past, Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë is about how, throughout time, we tell stories that can unite us all together in our humanity. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Brinkwire makes a summary of the Lily Cole affair which The Guardian mentions in an article about self-doubt:
After all, we still live in a world in which Lily Cole is sneered at for being “a supermodel”, when she was invited this month to be a creative partner in the Brontë Society, even though she got a double first from Cambridge. By contrast, no one has ever complained about the various opportunities thrown at Stephen Fry, from being invited to deliver the 2015 Oscar Wilde lecture to receiving various honorary doctorates, even though, for the record, Fry got a 2:1 from Cambridge. (Hadley Freeman)
A letter to The Times also insists on this topic.

The Irish Independent interviews the writer Alice Taylor:
Were you a great reader as a girl, and who encouraged you to write? (Kim Bielenberg)
My brother Tim encouraged me. He had us signed up to the local library. I liked the Biggles stories about a flying ace in the world wars by Captain WE Johns. When we went to Cork city, it was like going to New York. I went to Woolworths and got some of the classics, like the books of the Brontë sisters. 
Tonight on Sky Arts, a recommendation of  The Sunday Times:
The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary (Sky Arts, 9pm)
From the first show with Paul McCartney — staking out its interest in popular culture — there has been a remarkable procession of subjects: William Golding, Stephen Sondheim, Toni Morrison. “We were onto grime very early,” says Bragg, but there is also Laurence Olivier, describing himself as a “pompous little twat” on the set of Wuthering Heights; Morrissey, declaring the end of pop music; and George Michael, discussing his drug use. There they are, all made real, all captured on film — the show’s enduring legacy. (Victoria Segal)
The Daily Times (Pakistan) talks about the recent  OUP’s Contribution to Children’s Literature in Pakistan panel in Lahore.
Shedding light on the contributions by writers such as Kamla Shamsi, Mohammed Hanif and Bina Shah, Managing director OUP Pakistan Ameena Saiyid stressed that along with these Pakistani English writers, English classics like Shakespeare, Jane Austin (sic) and the Brontë Sisters amongst many others must also be simplified to the younger audience in a simplified and “abridged form”. (Eeshah Omer)
This praise to Peach by Emma Glass maybe goes too far. In The Sunday Herald:
Kamila Shamsie advises: “Choose wisely the moment when you pick up Peach; because once you do you’ll be unable to put it down until the very last sentence,” while Lucy Ellmann regards Peach as “a work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always.” (Jackie Brogan)
Steven A. McKay reviews the Jane Eyre audiobook read by Thandie Newton. Catherine Reads posts on the written Jane Eyre. Project Myopia reviews Wide Sargasso Sea.

Finally, Library Card traces intriguing parallelisms between Eleven in Stranger Things and Jane Eyre.
Spanish and Portuguese editions of Brontë classics. Alianza Editorial has just published a novel by the three sisters:
Agnes Grey
Anne Brontë
Translator Elizabeth Power
I.S.B.N.: 978-84-9104-895-4
October 2017

Decidida a lograr su independencia económica y a ayudar en su casa, Agnes Grey, la hija menor de una familia venida a pique, se coloca como institutriz en la casa de la familia Bloomfield. Su juventud e inexperiencia, así como la crueldad de los niños con quienes le toca lidiar y la frialdad de sus padres, son una difícil piedra de toque. Pero su perseverancia la llevará a cambiar de casa en busca de mejores perspectivas. Con sus nuevos empleadores, los Murray, las condiciones tampoco son fáciles, pero Agnes, poco a poco, se abrirá camino...

Cumbres Borrascosas
Emily Brontë
Translator: Rosa Castillo
I.S.B.N.: 978-84-9104-897-8
October 2017

La poderosa y hosca figura del atormentado Heathcliff domina "Cumbres Borrascosas", novela apasionada y tempestuosa cuya sensibilidad se adelantó a su tiempo. Los brumosos y sombríos páramos de Yorkshire son el singular escenario donde se desarrolla con fuerza arrebatadora esta historia de venganza y odio, de pasiones desatadas y amores desesperados que van más allá de la muerte y que hacen de ella una de las obras más singulares y atractivas de todos los tiempos.

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
Translator: Elizabeth Power
I.S.B.N.: 978-84-9104-896-1
October 2017

Dueña de un singular temperamento desde su complicada infancia de huérfana, primero a cargo de una tía poco cariñosa y después en la escuela Lowood, Jane Eyre logra el puesto de institutriz en Thornfield Hall para educar a la hija de su atrabiliario y peculiar dueño, el señor Rochester. Poco a poco, el amor irá tejiendo su red entre ellos, pero la casa y la vida de Rochester guardan un estremecedor y terrible misterio.

O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes
Emily Brontë
Folha de S.Paulo. Coleção Folha Mulheres Na Literatura (Vol. 21)

Vivendo um casamento adequado com um rapaz de boa família, Catherine não irá se libertar de sua grande paixão de infância pelo tempestuoso e vingativo Heathcliff -um dos personagens mais marcantes de toda a literatura romântica europeia. "Meu amor por Linton (esse o nome do marido) é como a folhagem da mata", diz Catherine. "O tempo há de mudá-lo, como o inverno muda as árvores. Meu amor por Heathcliff é como as rochas eternas que ficam debaixo do chão; uma fonte de felicidade quase invisível, mas necessária". Catherine resume tudo à sua confidente: "Nelly, eu sou Heathcliff". Publicado em 1847, em boa medida este romance de Emily Brontë também "é" Heathcliff. Reforçada, provavelmente,  pelo título em português, sua fama de história sobrenatural não corresponde ao que a história tem de realmente aterrorizante: a transformação, pela injustiça e pelas convenções sociais, de um amor natural, intenso e livre numa tormenta de rancor e de vingança. A alma de Heathcliff varre o livro com a violência das piores tempestades; a literatura inglesa não seria a mesma depois de sua aparição. (Marcelo Coelho)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Jessica Baglow and Michael Peavoy take the lead roles in Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece which opens at the theatre in just under two weeks.
The cast completed their first run through of the play on Tuesday with Michael, who plays the Byronic Rochester, and Jessica, who takes the part of Jane, the revolutionary 19th century heroine, saying audiences will enjoy an epic adaptation of the ‘rich and stunning’ novel.
Jessica said: “They will see an epic tale distilled into a theatre production.
"There is a lot of passion and she is a passionate Jane Eyre, as she is in the book and it is a wonderful ensemble and everybody is amazing in our company."
Michael, who audiences saw take the role of Gilbert Markham in another Brontë classic, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, said: "Rehearsals have gone really well. It is always exciting doing your first run through.
"I think it is really hard to distil a novel that is as rich and epic as it is and its stunning, but what you can’t do is every single page on stage because that’s an audio book, but you really have to condense everything into the principal drama of the story.
"We’ve read the novel so they don’t have to. People should read the book but you don’t have to know the book or have the read the book.
"What we have managed to do and what I think Jess does amazingly is to distil two or three lines of conversation which we have on the script and behind all of that is a chapter’s worth of text and that’s the challenge."
For Jessica playing the part of a great literary heroine was something she could not turn down.
In fact in 2015, director Elizabeth Newman gave her a copy of the book for her birthday, which she has brought to rehearsals.
She said: "It is exciting bit of pressure I suppose. I thought you have to do it because it is Jane Eyre.
"Elizabeth Newman bought me a copy of the book
"I didn’t know then I would play Jane Eyre."
Michael said: "I knew that Jess was playing Jane Eyre we had just done the monologues. I remember watching Jess and just being like on my good god this woman is incredible. The opportunity to work with Elizabeth who I think is the most exceptional director I have worked with and Jess, who was just this incredible fierce performer, I was completely just blown away and I was like put those two together and to give me the opportunity to play someone like Rochester how would you say no. It is what Brontë would have wanted two amazingly strong powerful women fighting the good fight against structure." (Saiqa Chaudhary)
Vogue loves Lily Cole, no doubt about it:
Recently tapped by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society to help commemorate the author of Wuthering Heights on her 200th birthday, Cole became the center of a minor scandal when one scholar objected to having a model-actress on the committee. Responding with the pluck of one of Brontë’s heroines, Cole penned an essay on the treatment of women in 18th- and 19th-century Britain, silencing her critics in the most elegant manner possible. (Janelle Okwodu)
We love that 'minor scandal' bit.

The Guardian explores disabilities in literature:
Likewise, Bertha Mason, Charlotte Brontë’s “madwoman in the attic” in Jane Eyre, has been read as expressing the outrage of gender- and race-based oppressions, while Rochester, who loses a hand and is blinded at the end of the novel, allows for the exploration of questions of romance and care. (Clare Barker and Stuart Murray)
Denton Record-Chronicle reviews a DVD release of Wuthering Heights 1970:
 There has been so many adaptations of Emily Brontë’s classic tale about unfortunate lovers (Are you noticing a theme in these releases?) that there are bound to be dull versions. The 1970 Robert Fuest-directed film is one such rendering.
Starring 007’s Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall as the doomed lovers, Heathcliff and Cathy, this adaptation  plays like those movies you would catch some z’s during in grade school. The cast and crew don’t quite have a firm handle on the material, but there are some shining moments (especially one haunting scene at a graveyard near the film’s end) that give it somewhat of a pulse. (Preston Barta)
Jaume Collet Serra's new film, The Commuter, has some Brontë references:
 As indicated by the reason behind MacCauley’s desperation, there’s a little class commentary at work in The Commuter. It never quite manages to coalesce — none of the overt morals of the film do — in part because the movie is ultimately so singularly about Neeson kicking ass and taking names (and briefly being schooled on the Brontë sisters by an understated Jonathan Banks) that there’s no space for anything else. And that’s just fine. (Karen Han in /Film)
The put-Wuthering-Heights-on-your-pillow initiative is commented on The Irish Times:
In celebration of Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday, the Hand Picked Hotels group is offering guests a special literary-inspired stay. Cosy up in one of their 13 properties across England and enjoy B&B, a seasonal three-course dinner and a copy of Wuthering Heights from €168. Book from now until March 29th at (Jo Linehan)
The actress and writer Hannah Bryan pens an article in support of the #timesup movement in the Jackson Free Press. She played Jane Eyre as played by Jan Brooks in a recreation of the 1957 performances of The Master of Thornfield (a 1954 Huntington Hartford adaptation) in the Errol Flynn biopic The Last of the Robin Hood 2013:
He broke my heart, and I broke his, but we also helped each other break ground and accomplish big things together. I helped him get into a place where he could finally direct his first feature film, and he helped me with some tough love so that I was finally cast as Jane Eyre. At the time, I hardly believed in myself enough to even get out of the bed to do that audition. But at his insistence, I did so. He made sure my homemade costume and style looked just right. He had me practice my English accent over and over to make sure it sounded accurate.
The Guardian celebrates Mary Shelley on Frankenstein's 200th anniversary:
Notorious in literary circles because of her relationship with Percy, she never enjoyed the freedoms of her slightly younger contemporaries, the Brontës and George Eliot. After Frankenstein, she was not read purely as a writer, but always judged as a woman. (Fiona Sampson)
We wonder what Brontës' freedoms the writer is talking about.

The Imaginative Conservative talks about the TV Series The Crown and recalls an anecdote about the Duke of Windsor:
Meanwhile the Duke of Windsor is revealed for the snobbish, spoiled, conniving, and pusillanimous creep he must have been. He returns to England under the pretense of writing a book. (He was famously boorish, not bookish—remarking to a friend when given Wuthering Heights—“Who are these Brontës? They seem terribly dull.”) In fact, the Duke was not about a book but a hook. He was trying to snare a job as a diplomat and a return to England, convinced that the people would welcome him with open arms. (Dwight Longenecker)
Medium explores the RPF (Real-Person-Fiction) fan fiction world:
Both fanfiction and RPF have always existed in some form. Nearly all of Shakespeare’s historical dramas could be considered fanfiction; the Brontë sisters were thought to have written an elaborate role-playing game based on living soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars. And even before the first internet chat rooms and listservs, fanfiction existed in notebooks and between friends. (Tonya Riley)
Le Devoir (in French) talks about the new Quebec theatre season:
Les oeuvres littéraires ont beaucoup inspiré, contemporaines comme classiques. Avec Hurlevents, Fanny Britt a puisé librement chez Emily Brontë pour créer une comédie dramatique sondant les millénariaux et mise au monde par le directeur du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Claude Poissant. (Marie Labrecque) (Translation)
East Journal (in Italian) vindicates the works of Jack London:
Su tutti, c’è un libro porta sulla cattiva strada, ed è il Richiamo della foresta il cui titolo originale, The Call of the Wild, restituisce tutta la potenza di quella chiamata verso un mondo selvaggio che è metafora di libertà. Si tratta di uno dei più importanti romanzi di formazione mai scritti, al pari del Wilhelm Meister di Goethe, del Tom Jones di Fielding, di Jane Eyre della Brontë. (Matteo Zola) (Translation)
A book a day keeps the doctor away (in Spanish) reviews Shirley. Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) posts about Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë.
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An alert in Sausalito for today, January 13:
Katherine Bolger Hyde - Bloodstains with Brontë (Sausalito)
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 1:00pm
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde's charming series. Bloodstains with Brontë is the second in a series that will puzzle and please fans of mystery and masterpieces alike.
Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers' retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily's young single-mother housekeeper.
It's a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner's very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie.
Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?
Katherine Bolger Hyde has lived her life surrounded by books, from teaching herself to read at age four to majoring in Russian literature to making her career as an editor. She lives in California with her husband. She is the author of Arsenic and Austen.