Thursday, July 20, 2017

Brontë Birthplace in the market, once more

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Unexpected and not very good news for the Brontë Birthplace in Thornton. It's again on the market, according to Keighley News:
Now the Market Street property, which has been Emily’s coffee shop since 2014, is being sold.
After running it as a successful cafe, owner Marc De Luca has decided to sell the business, due to family commitments.
Since the cafe opened he and his wife Michelle have had two children, and he said they were no longer able to devote enough time to family, Emily’s and their other business, De Luca Hair.
He is planning to sell the business and building privately, which he says will help him make sure the building’s future is in safe hands. He has no plans to shut the business before a new buyer is found. (...)
Although Emily’s operated as a business, many of the features still remained, and customers could sit in front of the fireplace the siblings were said to have been born in front of.
The business has become one of the best rated in the district on TripAdvisor.
Mr De Luca said:  (...)
“Whoever buys it has to be the right calibre of person. We don’t want to sell it to a property developer from London.
“We live in the village so we still want to make sure any new owner does the best for Thornton. It is a great starting point for anyone who wants to open a business here. Our intention is to keep it open until it is sold.
“It has become quite an attraction for the village, so we want that to remain. It is successful, and gets a lot of tourists in, and long may it continue. You have people coming in here who have come from all over the globe, so you have to be respectful to its history.”
Mr De Luca is accepting offers privately, and anyone interested in buying the business can e-mail him on
Jacqueline Wilson in The Independent:
The first adult book Wilson read was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. “I was bored and had run out of library books. I would have been about 11 at the time,” she says.
The 71-year-old author has written more than 100 novels and is best known for 'The Story of Tracy Beaker' series
“My parents didn’t have many books but there was an old copy of Jane Eyre. It didn’t look very promising from the outside. But from the moment I started reading I was riveted.
“I hadn’t realised that sometimes adult books started with the main character as a child. And here we had a little girl sitting in a window seat and it just seemed very real to me.
"I couldn’t stop reading it, I was blown away by it and it’s still one of my all-time favourite classics.” (Matilda Battersby)
Norwich Eye reviews the National Theatre's performances of Jane Eyre in Norwich:
Director Sally Cookson has brought to Norwich a vibrant and joyous interpretation of a well known story. I did not expect to find the show as thrilling and absolutely captivating as it is, and it has made me keen to rediscover the original novel. Jane Eyre shows us a woman who has a difficult and often loveless upbringing but who has a force of character and personality that helps her to overcome challenges that would defeat most of us. She stays true to her beliefs and passions through betrayal and hardship – and in this production Nadia Clifford gives us a true hero as a role model as relevant to our lives now as when Charlotte Brontë first introduced her. (Julia Swainson)
Shelly Beth and Big Family Little Adventures also review it.

Bustle recommends a panel in the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con:
Heads up, Brontë fans! A graphic novel based on Jane Eyre is coming soon from The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna. First announced by Entertainment Weekly back in February, Jane comes this fall to your favorite bookstore. McKenna will discuss her upcoming graphic novel at a San Diego Comic Con panel on July 22.
Jane modernizes Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, casting the eponymous heroine as an aspiring art student who's forced to take an au pair position after moving to New York City. While caring for her charge, Adele, Jane finds herself falling for the girl's guardian, the wealthy and mirthless Rochester. (...)
Co-created with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Ramón K. Pérez (Mouse Guard, Tale of Sand), Jane is McKenna's first foray into the comic-book realm. She says, "Our Jane is a modern girl working through some very contemporary problems ... We moved the story in exciting new directions while maintaining the mystery, romance, and yearning that has kept this story vital for years." (Kristian Wilson)
Also in Bustle a list of biographies of writers:
'The Brontë Myth' by Lucasta Miller
There is so much to explore when it comes to the lives of the three Brontë sisters. Miller does an exquisite job of separating fact from fiction when it comes to the much-hyped about lives of these extraordinary sisters. (Melissa Ragsdale)
The Guardian reviews Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories:
Location is vital to a good ghost story, and ancient houses and abandoned barracks are standard tropes in a genre that has deep roots in English architecture; from Mr Lockwood’s bedroom in Wuthering Heights to the Dartmoor manor in Catherine Fisher’s Chronoptika series. (Danuta Kean)
The Journal Gazette interviews Darby Bixler, Belle in a local production of Beauty and the Beast:
Q. If you were putting together Belle's library, what are some titles you would make sure were on the shelves? (Corey McMaken)
A. If I had Belle's library, the first books I would make sure to include are the Harry Potter series. I absolutely love those book! But I would also make sure all the classics are there. I really enjoy "Wuthering Heights."
The Washington Post,  Boston Globe and Medium review the film Lady Macbeth:
This image, this woman, is familiar. She is Catherine Earnshaw of "Wuthering Heights," swearing "I am Heathcliff." She is Emma Bovary and Lady Chatterley: passionate and stifled. And, of course, she's Lady Macbeth, asking the spirits to turn her breast milk into poison. (Maia Silber)
The lack of soundtrack music makes the air in those rooms feel heavy and foreboding; it’s as though we hear each furtive thought. The effect is like reading a Brontë novel crisscrossed with “Madame Bovary” and then sparked to life by one of the darker students of human nature — Patricia Highsmith, perhaps. (Ty Burr)
Where Catherine fails as a dynamic contemporary anti-heroine is in her merciless treatment of Anna, Teddy, and Sebastian, all of whom are black. If Andrea Arnold‘s analogous (but more lyrical) Wuthering Heights (2011) raised its black Heathcliff over the white Earnshaws and Lintons, Lady Macbeth gloomily maintains the racial status quo. (Graham Fuller)
Bed number nine in this Hello Giggles post apparently has a Brontë feeling:
Can’t you see yourself reading Jane Eyre while lounging around in this dreamy beauty? (Anna Buckley)
Rimini Today mentions one of the talks at the Parco Poesia Festival 2017:
„A seguire Silvio Raffo, traduttore di tante grandi poetesse della letteratura inglese e americana, ci fa scoprire le ragazze con l’unicorno, Emily Dickinson, Emily Brontë e Christina Rossetti“
Ore 17.00

Lapidario Romano - Museo della Città
via L. Tonini, 1

Le ragazze con l’unicorno: fanciulle e madri della poesia
Intervengono Biancamaria Frabotta, Giorgio Ghiotti, Silvio Raffo
This Polish literature professor in Gazeta Uniwesytecka (Poland) doesn't like non-English adaptations of English classics like Jane Eyre;  Perfect Wedding has some Brontë quotes to use on wedding decorations. Mystical Authoress reviews Wuthering Heights
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A new stage adaptation of Wuthering Heights opens today, July 20, in Bar (Montenegro), part of the Barski ljetopis Festival 2017:
Orkanski visovi
based in Emily Brontë's Wuthering HeightsJuly 20, 21, 22, 23
Scena Stari Grad Bar

Director: Dora Ruždjak Podolski
Dramatization and dramaturgy: Stella Miskovic
Set design: Jelena Tomasevic
Costumes: Lina Lekovic
Music: Slobodanka Boban Dabović

Hitklif: Miloš Pejović
Keti: Ana Vučković
Neli: Katarina Krek
Hindli: Dejan Ivanić
Frensis: Branka Stanić
Edgar: Emir Ćatović
Izabela: Jelena Simić
Ernšo: Simo Trebješanin
Further information can be found on RTCG and here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Publishers Weekly announces some children/YA books for Spring 2018. Including:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
Brightly Burning by Alexa Dunn, reimagining Jane Eyre in space aboard the private ship The Rochester.
The Guardian explores the contemporary use of pen names:
The recent spate of men writing with gender-neutral names seems commercially driven. It is not a necessity for acceptance, as the Brontë sisters or George Eliot felt their pen names to be. However, there are earlier examples of men who wrote as women to give voice to “female” issues at a time when recourse to the females themselves proved elusive or unthinkable. (Paula Cocozza)
Nadia Clifford and Tim Dunlap (Jane Eyre and Rochester in the touring National Theatre production of Jane Eyre) have visited a bookstore in Norwich promoting the performances of Jane Eyre. In Eastern Daily Press:
Nadia Clifford and Tim Delap, who play Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester in the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production, visited the Book Hive on Tuesday where they spoke about their experiences of the well known novel.
Ms Clifford said: “I first read Jane Eyre when I was about 14, and straight away I felt such an affinity with Jane, and with so many characters in the novel. And then I read it again at about 21. Obviously I re-read the book when I got the part, and I was reminded of how many emotions I experienced the first time I read it, and how much I identified with it as a teenager.”
Mr Delap said the stage adapation remained very faithful to the book, including all the best bits from the novel and all the key moments in Jane Eyre’s life.
“We’ve just added a huge amount of theatricality to it and we’ve told it in a really exciting, theatrical, visual way,” he said. (Emma Knights)
LouBou reviews the production.

Lucy Atkins lists the best thrillers for Five Books:
Why did you want to choose classic thrillers? Do you feel they don’t get enough attention?
I gravitated towards the older classics because I feel that they are the origins of the genre that I’m writing in and not necessarily always recognised as such. I find it interesting to trace the history of this psychological suspense genre. Jane Eyre is one of the first psychological thrillers, though obviously it has lots of other things going on as well, and The Woman in White was the The Girl on the Train of its time.
More Brontë mentions in Austen articles in the press:
Though Austen had her detractors like Charlotte Brontë, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain, they were outnumbered by her admirers like Sir Walter Scott, Anthony Trollope, Virginia Woolf, who called her the first truly great female author and the first good English author to have a distinctly feminine writing style, while Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe and a man who said he previously believed men did everything better, deemed her the greatest English writer ever. (Vikas Datta in India New England News)
Like George Eliot and the Brontës she was a daughter of the manse, living quietly in the country in a succession of picturesque vicarages. Also like Charlotte and Anne she was a governess, being occasionally dragooned to look after her brother Edward’s brood as the poor relation at Godmersham Park. (Wendy Holden in Daily Express)
For example, and just among other female novelists, what of Emily Dickinson’s passionate poetry, the windswept stories of the Brontë sisters, Mary Shelley’s monstrous Frankenstein, or Radcliffe’s gothic gore? Surely these stories were brought forth by more than mere hermits, spinsters or wives with no regular access to pathology labs or the morgue? (Janine Barchas in the Washington Post)
La abadía de Northanger. (...)  Divertida e irónica, esta "Jane Eyre" austiniana es de las más divertidas e irónicas de sus novelas. Un claro retrato de la condición humana. (Flavia Pittella in Infobae) (Translation)
Jane Austen non dovrebbe rientrare nelle letture scolastiche. I suoi libri sono molto più difficili, noiosi e sofisticati di Gita al faro, Jane Eyre e Cime tempestose. (Clara Mazzoleni in Studio) (Translation)
„Ein gut umzäunter, äußerst gepflegter Garten, mit ordentlich gezogenen Grenzen und filigranen Blumen“ lautet Charlotte Brontës Negativ-Urteil über „Pride and Prejudice“. Doch wer einen Garten hat weiß, wie viel Arbeit dessen Pflege bedeutet. Und um im Bild zu bleiben: Jane Austen hatte wahrhaftig einen „grünen Daumen“! (Axel Hill in Kölnische Rudschau) (Translation)
And this is a WTF moment that is almost funny in an absurd kind of way:
With that in mind, think about the lesson at the end of the novel. Emma is turned off by the relationship of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, who have been secretly engaged, a poor woman with few connections and a man of higher social standing (Charlotte Brontë found the treatment of Jane Fairfax so unfair that Jane Eyre began as essentially a fan-fiction). (Leah Rachel Von Essen in Bookriot)
Real Simple recommends A Secret Sisterhood by Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa:
Friends and authors Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa delve into the lives and female friendships of several authors, including Austen, in the forthcoming A Secret Sisterhood. Sweeney and Midorikawa recount how Austen befriended her niece’s governess and amateur playwright, Anne Sharp, and turned to her for manuscript critiques. A perfect gift for both the Janeites and the female friends in your life. (Elizabeth Sile)
Kumparan (Indonesia) recommends some classics:
Jane Eyre: Jane Eyre merupakan salah satu karya fiksi klasik paling populer sepanjang masa. Sesuai judulnya, buku ini mengangkat kisah Jane Eyre, seorang gadis yatim piatu yang mengalami penderitaan sejak kecil, diperlakukan tidak adil oleh bibinya dan dimasukan ke sebuah sekolah dengan disiplin yang keras, yang membuat hidup Jane tidak lebih baik dari sebelumnya.
Ketika dewasa, Jane menjadi guru pribadi dari seorang gadis Prancis kecil, anak asuh seorang tuan tanah kaya raya bernama Mr. Roschester. Dari pertemuan itulah, Jane dan Mr. Rochester saling jatuh cinta. Melalui novel ini kita diajak untuk melhat permasalaha seperti pertentangan antara cinta, moral, kelas sosial dan feminisme. (Translation)
4Live (Italy) interviews the writer Meris Carpi:
Parliamo di lei, come mai da foodblogger a scrittrice di un libro giallo, cosa l’ha portata a scrivere questo romanzo sulle “indagini”?
“Ho sempre letto tantissimo, fin da piccola. Il primo libro “serio” a 10 anni, Jane Eyre, prestatomi dalla mia amica Roberta. Sul mio comodino non c’è solo un libro, ma almeno cinque, la passione dello scrivere è nata tanto tempo fa, ma non ho mai avuto il coraggio di pubblicare.” (Martina Ciccotelli) (Translation)
El Periódico (Spain) celebrates the publication of an anthology of Joy Williams short tales:
Diálogos en los que gente más o menos normal mezcla sus comentarios anodinos con observaciones totalmente inesperadas que llevan la conversación por derroteros fascinantes, como en 'La última generación', donde una conversación sobre el amor propicia la mención de 'Cumbres borrascosas', para saltar de ahí al relato de una paliza que supuestamente le dio Emily Brönte (sic)  a su perro Keeler y de allí... A donde Joy Williams quiera. (Enrique de Hériz) (Translation)
The described story is The Last Generation 1989.

More on the future of the public toilets at the Brontë Parsonage Museum Car Park in Keighley News. This columnist of Waterloo Chronicle doesn't love Wuthering Heights. We loved number 11th in this list of pictures from the Librarie Mollat's Instagram as compiled by Ground Zero. A dress made with book covers and pages (including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights) in the Ventura County Star. Sweetly dreaming of the past compiles links to the little books of the Brontës online. Les Lectures de Marinette (in French) reviews Jane Eyre.
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An alert (although only for professionals) for today July 19. A new version of Gordon & Caird's Jane Eyre. The Musical is in the works. Broadway World reports:
The musical stage adaptation of Jane Eyre, which originally debuted on Broadway in 2000, will receive a new developmental reading presented by Cleveland Musical Theatre with an industry presentation on July 19th at Opera America in NYC.
The Michael J. Fox Show's Juliette Goglia stars as Jane with Dr. Zhivago's Tam Mutu as Edward Rochester & Ragtime's Stephanie Umoh as Blanche Ingram.
In addition to Goglia, Mutu & Umoh, the cast features Alison England (Mrs. Fairfax), Graydon Long (St. John Rivers), Madeleine Pace (Young Jane), Lauryn Hobbs (Helen), Jeff Williams (Brocklehurst), Ryan Speakman (Richard Mason), and Amy Griffin (Miss Scatcherd).
Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs) and Tony-winning librettist John Caird (a Tony winner for Les Misérables) return to revisit and rewrite their musical adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel.
Jane Eyre is directed by Cleveland Musical Theatre's Artistic Director Miles J. Sternfeld, with Musical Direction by Brad Haak, Associate Musical Direction by Laura Bergquist, General Management by Sean Francis Patrick, and Casting by Jamibeth Margolis.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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The Telegraph reports that the so-called 'earliest known painting of the Brontë Sisters' has been sold. The article seems to be written only reading the press release of the auctioneers, therefore it seems appropriate to double check some 'facts'.
A painting acquired “by mistake” after an auction house mix-up has sold for £50,000 after it was identified as the earliest known portrait of the Bronte sisters.
Actually it was £40,550 (£50,038 including buyers premium).
Landseer is thought to have met Charlotte, Anne and Emily in 1833 when they visited Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, where he was an artist in residence. At the time he was a young painter, yet to become a favourite of Queen Victoria. The portrait is dated 1834.
This is pure speculation and it has never been substantiated in fact.
 Clues in the picture include the detail of “Charlotte’s protruding front tooth” and jewellery that matches objects on display in the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, Mr Humbert said.
Again, this is wishful thinking at its best.
“We are never going to be able to prove anything 100 per cent because this is a cold case,” he said.
“But it has been widely accepted by the establishment as a Landseer portrait of the Brontës, as shown by the fact that it came from nowhere and sold for £50,000.” (Anita Singh)
Not widely and decidedly not by the Brontë experts and institutions.

We leave the best for last. This comment by the auctioneer on BBC News/Daily Express is priceless:
"The evidence was compelling that this is the Brontes as painted by Landseer and its successful sale has proved that research and factual evidence will overcome apathy and negativity."  (...)
There's too many details for naysayers to say this is not right.
On Keighley News we also read:
Brontë Parsonage Museum executive director Kitty Wright declined to comment on the sale of the painting.
Of course, solid proof, no mere speculation or wishful thinking aka 'alternative facts', has nothing to do when there is a successful sale. Paraphrasing naysayer Carl Sagan: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary (apathetic and negative as it may be) evidence. It speaks volumes that the most extraordinary evidence supplied is that someone has paid 50000 GBP.

The Antiques Trade Gazette also covers the news in a more objective way.

Keighley News talks about some of the most ambitious projects of the Brontë Society:
A centre for women’s writing could be built in an underground former reservoir above the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
And a long-lost barn could be rebuilt alongside the Haworth attraction to house a visitor centre dedicated to the famous literary family.
The proposed projects – both in the very early stages – have been revealed in interviews this month by Brontë Society executive director Kitty Wright. (...)
The ideas for new buildings on land owned by the Brontë Society near the museum were put forward in the Brontë Society’s recent successful bid to become an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.
Kitty said that such accreditation with the Arts Council allowed the society spend time and money looking at the feasibility of such projects, but stressed major funding would have to be found to actually carry them out.
She said the large Victorian underground reservoir lay on land behind the parsonage.
She said: “It was built after Patrick Brontë commissioned the Babbage report into public health in Haworth. The village needed a fresh water supply.
“It’s fantastic to have the reservoir for its own historical reasons, with its links with Patrick Brontë."
Kitty said the Brontë Society would have to carry out detailed investigations into utility supplies, engineering, drainage and access, as well as environmental surveys and extensive consultation with local people. (...)
“We have to keep looking to secure or future but we have to be very clear about preserving the things that make us special. It’s absolutely about being true to our heritage and finding a way of expressing that.”
Kitty stressed that the other idea, rebuilding the barn, was only a tentative suggestion at the moment.
During the Brontës’ lifetimes the barn stood on a small hill between the Parsonage Museum and the car park, but there are now mature trees on the land. (David Knights)
Also in Keighley News, great news for the Parsonage:
The international popularity of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth is expanding across the entire county.
Yorkshire saw a 30 per cent increase in overseas visitors in the first three months of 2017, with 267,000 people spending £99 million.
International spend in Yorkshire is almost double the national average which is up 16 per cent year on year.
The Brontë museum recently reported a 24 per cent increase in visitors during the Easter weekend including its busiest Easter Saturday to 10 years.
This was blamed on the ‘Brontë buzz’ both locally and around the world from the ongoing five-year bicentennial celebrations for the births of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne.
More Haworth news. The Haworth Primary School has collaborated in the Claire Twomey Wuthering Heights - A Manuscript project:
Pupils at the school visited the Haworth museum this month to each write a line with support from volunteer Stuart Davies.
Sue Newby, the museum Learning Officer, said ‘Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript’ had captured the imagination of visitors from all over the world.
She said: “We were really pleased to offer pupils from our local primary school the opportunity to sit in the house where Emily wrote her famous novel and take their turn to copy out a line.
“All the children seemed to relish the sense of occasion and we hope they will return next year with their families to see the finished manuscript.” (David Knights in Keighley News)
Haworth's foot-paths have been cleaned:
Parish councillors have spearheaded the clearing of footpaths around Haworth.
Work has been carried out to improve access to footpaths that become impassable due to poor grounding and overgrown weeds.
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council worked with Bradford Council and Community Payback to carry out the work.
The footpath at North Street, leading from the Sun Inn car park behind the West Lane churches, was strimmed.
Work on the footpath from Cold Street to Woodlands Rise has included weedkiller treatment, and footpaths from Heathcliff flats to the Bronte Parsonage Museum have also been improved. (David Knights in Keighley News)
The Hindu's Book Shelf includes today Wuthering Heights:
Emily Brontë's magnum opus Wuthering Heights showcased the hypocrisy, social classes and gender inequality in the Victorian Era.
Most of the authors, especially in the 19th century, had to write no fewer than four-five books to create a space for them in the revered literary circles. For some, even 20 books might have not sufficed. But, that is not the case of the daughter of an Irish clergyman, who spent much of her life in Hawthorn (sic), England.
Considered one of the best women authors who have put their thoughts to paper, Emily Bronte was as intense, intellectual and elusive as her solo book Wuthering Heights . Alas, she didn't know the profound legacy she was to leave behind, as she had died suddenly at the age of 30. (Arathi M) (Read more)
Psychology Today on ghosts:
When I was seven years old, my aunt Hazel, the youngest of my mother's sisters read me the first two chapters of “Jane Eyre” in the big green nursery with its black board across one wall, at Crossways, the house where my father had just died. You will remember how Jane is carried off unceremoniously and locked in the Red Room where she thinks she sees her uncle’s ghost.
It seems a strange choice of lecture for a seven year old, though my sister who was present was two and older than I.
It had a terrifying effect on me, one that has lasted all my life, and perhaps led me, too, to become a writer in an effort to render active what I had submitted to passively. Mr Reed, Jane’s uncle, in the book, like my own father just down the corridor from the nursery in the big bedroom, with the mauve velvet curtains, has died in this somber, silent room with its crimson curtains.Jane believes her uncle has come back to see if his wife, Jane’s cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed, has carried out his death-bed wishes and is taking good care of little Jane, his sister’s child. (Sheila Kohler)
Pen names in Jezabel:
The Wall Street Journal reports that the tides have turned since the Brontë sisters and George Elliot were publishing under manly names. Or perhaps they haven’t turned—for instance, read Catherine Nichols’s Jezebel essay on the different reception she received when submitting her work as somebody named “George”—so much as there is a huge market demand for psychological “Girl Who” thrillers, often featuring dead or missing women, written largely by women for female audiences. And the guys—and their publishers—want in. (Kelly Faircloth)
And Daily Star:
Anonymity can be liberating. The pen names Currer and Ellis Bell, respectively, allowed Charlotte and Emily Brontë to use influences from their local neighbourhood to craft Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. George Elliott, the famed writer of Middlemarch, was actually Mary Anne Evans. (Sarah Anjum Bari)
Austen vs Brontë tidbits:
Women like Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and especially the Brontë sisters. Charlotte, Emily and Anne are in the middle of 200th anniversaries of their own, as we remember the bicentenaries of their births in the years 1816 to 1820. Along with Austen they crafted brilliant works of genius that are the equal of any novels written by men, and in the public’s eye the Brontës and Jane have become inextricably linked.
I once asked one of the hard working guides at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth what question they are asked more than any other. It was ‘Which of the Brontë sisters wrote Pride and Prejudice?’ followed closely by, ‘Is this where Jane Austen wrote her novels?’ (Nick Holland in The History Press) (Read more)
Treinta años después, en 1847, Charlotte Brontë publicaba Cumbres borrascosas y declaraba que no entendía el interés que despertaban las historias de Austen, a las que calificaba peyorativamente de “jardines bellos, cultivados y aseados” (Rodrigo González in La Tercera) (Translation)
 The nouns are harsh; it’s the verb, though—be prevailed on—that’s key. Even in its superficial passivity, it understands that Lizzy, at least at this moment, is the one with the power. Charlotte Brontë once scoffed of Austen that “the Passions are perfectly unknown to her”; this was, it seems, a misreading. Austen was acutely aware not merely of such Passions, but also, indeed, of the freedoms they could offer. (Megan Garber in The Atlantic)
Certo, nell’Ottocento [Darcy] ha dovuto vedersela con l’imperfetto Rochester, l’eroe romantico di Charlotte Brontë, ma dalla seconda metà del Novecento regna incontrastato nelle fantasie femminili, anche quelle ormai contaminate dall’hardcore. (Il Dubbio)(Translation)
Para muitos, Austen é a rainha da literatura inglesa. Bem... Melhor deixar esse assunto para outro momento. Não é intenção provocar os fãs das irmãs Brontë com esse fato. Porém, a autora consegue transitar entre a Academia e o grande público, composto pelo leitor comum - para citar o termo de Virginia Woolf, que inclusive era leitora e admiradora de Austen. (Ricelly Jáder in Diário de Nordeste) (Translation)
Anders als etwa die Brontë-Schwestern flüchtet sie sich beim Schreiben nicht in eine Fantasiewelt, sondern bewegt sich dicht an der Realität. Allerdings karikiert und parodiert sie ihre Mitmenschen, deren Beziehungen und auch die herrschenden Verhältnisse nach Herzenslust. (Stephanie Pieper in NDR) (Translation)
The death of the film director George A. Romero is reported in this article of Metro which traces a genealogy of zombie films:
George A. Romero didn’t invent the word “zombie,” but he might as well have. Before he unleashed “Night of the Living Dead” upon an unsuspecting world in 1968, the word didn’t instantly conjure up what it would mean from then on out: white terror, hungry corpses, gnawed-upon flesh. “Zombie” simply meant the undead, the deceased reanimated. Sometimes they were bad: Frankenstein’s monster was a zombie. Sometimes they were not: The blank-faced, not-quite-dead wife of Val Lewton’s “I Walked with a Zombie” (a stealth adaptation of “Jane Eyre,” amazingly) was also a zombie. (Matt Prigge)
Image Journal interviews film director Rodrigo García:
I was fascinated by the stories in the Bible, and these are stories that live in the realm of stories, in our heads. I think the world where Hitler lives is the same world where Captain Ahab or Jane Eyre live. We don’t know them. We’ve never seen them. I am not trying to say that Ahab is Hitler or that Jesus is like Madame Bovary, just a fiction; but in our heads, they are all stories. (Gareth Higgins and Scott Teems)
La Repubblica (Italy) interviews the writer Karin Slaughter:
Come ti sei rapportata all’ondata di thriller psicologici che presentano protagoniste femminili?  "Non credo si possa parlare di un’ondata. In realtà si tratta di un fenomeno letterario che ha origini lontane, credo fin da Cime tempestose. (Eva Grippa) (Translation)
Linda's BookBag recommends A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikjawa and Emma Claire Sweeney. CBC does the same with Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. The Book Lovers Boudoir hated Wuthering Heights. Vesna Armstrong Photography posts recent pictures of Ponden Hall and Brontë country.
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The smell of the moors... well, not really, sort of. On the Immortal Perfumes catalogue:
Heathcliff: A Cologne Inspired by Wuthering Heights
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Keighley News talks about one of the latest Brontë200 initiatives:
People are being invited to add their signature to a major new piece of artwork which will be created as part of Brontë birthday celebrations.
Large-scale textile works marking the famous signatures of the legendary literary sisters are to be installed on the Brontë Way footpath.
And internationally-acclaimed artist Lynn Setterington is seeking public input at a series of workshops.
The Sew Near-Sew Far project – a collaboration with the Brontë Parsonage Museum – is in support of Brontë200, a five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.
Lynn said: "Signatures are an important marker of identity and the Brontë sisters famously used pseudonyms at their time of writing to disguise the fact they were women.
"I'm creating three artworks for the Brontë Parsonage Museum exploring the adopted and real signatures of Charlotte, Emily and Anne and I'm looking for local people to help me create them by sewing their own signatures into the pieces.
"We're looking for individuals and organisations that make a difference to their community – people who often go without thanks or praise for the amazing work they do. (...)
The finished artwork will go on display at sites near the Brontë Bridge and Waterfall from September 30 to October 15.
And a film documenting the collaboration will be screened later this year. (Alistair Shand)
Eastern Daily Press interviews Tim Delap, Rochester in the touring production of Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre:
 Did you know the book before taking on the role of Rochester?
Obviously it’s such a famous novel but I hadn’t read it before the audition which is kind of awful to admit. When I did read it I found that the image of people have of the book is not really what the book is about. It is seen as this very romantic novel, the cover is often very twee and the depiction of Jane as this meek and mild character, but it is not that at all. She is this incredibly firey, feisty, powerful character. That’s one of the things that Sally is so passionate about. It is an incredibly exciting novel, really energetic and I think this show reflects that and hopefully it will bring audiences and readers back to it.
Is there a misconception that it a bit of a girl’s book?
For some reason I always connected it to Jane Austen and they are so different. Charlotte Brontë’s voice is so unique and so powerful and this is just a brilliant feminist novel about equal rights and I think the show puts that across. The love story of Rochester and Jane is not you’re average romance either. There is a real meeting of minds. (Simon Parkin)
Norwich Evening News interviews Sally Cookson herself:
 What inspired you to adapt and direct Jane Eyre? Is it a book you particularly admired? 
I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued as a child by Orson Well’s black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Hermann. I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties - and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘this is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed - her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be. (Simon Parkin)
The Week asks the novelist Gail Godwin about her favourite novels:
Wuthering Heights - The Earnshaws held their own in the wild isolation of the Yorkshire moors until the day Mr. Earnshaw brought home a dirty, ragged boy from Liverpool. The sullen Heathcliff wins his way into the hearts of the father and daughter Cathy, and eventually becomes master of the place. Is Heathcliff the devil incarnate, or simply endowed with greater passion and single-minded willpower?
Austin360 reviews the play The Moors:
The plot of “The Moors” begins as a pastiche of Jane Eyre (and indeed there are other intentional nods to the Brontë sisters and their work along the way, mashing together bits of their novels’ plots), with spinster sisters Agatha and Huldey hiring a new governess, Emilie, to come work at their isolated home on the English moors. Emilie soon discovers that things at this house are not as she expected with the sisters, their absent brother who supposedly wrote to her, and their ambiguous servant who may be named Marjory or Mallory. (Andrew J. Friedenthal)
The Young Folks reviews Lady Macbeth:
Pugh runs a gamut of emotions, from coldly eating breakfast as a man dies in the next room to being a mother figure to a little boy. As her relationship with Sebastian intensifies the comparisons to Emily Brontë’s novel become more poignant, with Pugh and Jarvis canoodling on the moors – though, interestingly enough, Pugh’s Katherine dictates the terms of their undying love. Her final reveal at the end is a master class of fear and trembling. (Kristen Lopez)
In Midland Daily-News a columnist mentions the Brontës:
A Facebook friend of mine, Bernie, who is about 50 years old, is always doing something outdoors and always something very demanding. Nearly every Monday he posts a weekend picture of himself in a wetsuit, exiting the near-frozen waters of some North American lake, wearing a toothy grin. He'll have a caption about finishing a 12-mile swim in near-Olympic time and then riding his bike home some 40-odd miles.
Ok, we get it, Bernie. I sat home and watched a movie about the Bronte sisters. We have different ideas about recreation. (Dave Shanedshane)
Birth.Movies.Death posts about Rebecca:
For most of her career, Dame Daphne du Maurier was plagued by the title "romantic novelist," an epithet she felt unworthy of her work. Her best-known novel, Rebecca, is also her least understood, an elegant treatise on the power dynamics of marriage shrugged off as nothing more than a poor Jane Eyre facsimile, another disposable work of that most shameful genre, "women's fiction."  (Meredith Borders
And Book View Café compares both Rebecca and Jane Eyre.

Trouw (in Dutch) reviews Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman:
Een lekker leesbare roman over een verliefde kantoorjuffrouw, met een ondubbelzinnig positief slot? Dat riekt naar chicklit. Maar wie daarom dit debuut negeert, doet de schrijfster en zichzelf toch tekort. Eleanor Oliphant staat met twee stevige benen in de grote Britse 19de-eeuwse literatuur, van Jane Austen tot Charlotte Brönte’s ‘Jane Eyre’, niet toevallig het boek dat Eleanor tussen haar matras en de muur bewaart. (Marijke Laurense) (Translation)
SparklyPrettyBriiiight reviews Yuki Chan in Brontë Country; Smart Bitches Trashy Books talks about Norton Conyers and possible Jane Eyre connections. AnneBrontë.org posts about Thornton. Echo Daily covers the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever event in Lismore. Libreriamo (Italy) recommends Jane Eyre in a horoscope (the things we report for the Brontës...) but just for Pisces. Finally, an alert from Washington D.C.:
Georgetown professor John Pfordresher appears at East City Bookshop discussing his new book, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece. In his book, Pfordresher explores the parallels between the book’s story and Brontë’s life and why she disavowed the book after it was written. Free, 6:30 PM. (Benjamin Freed in The Washingtonian)
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Litographs now sells Jane Eyre Temporary Literary Tattoos:
Litographs temporary tattoos are ​designed to be realistic​, both in terms of their artwork and the way they look once applied. Each pack contains 6 temporary tattoos based on the book. Each tattoo is one of three sizes: 3" x 3", 2" x 3", or 1" x 4". They last 1-3 days, and are ​easily applied​ using a wet cloth.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Independent (Ireland) presents A Secret Sisterhood: The ­Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney:
Charlotte Brontë, well known for the bond she shared with sisters Anne and Emily, also enjoyed a radical friendship with another writer. The literary influence on Brontë of early feminist author Mary Taylor, who she first met at boarding school in 1831, has been hiding in plain sight all along. Ever since their schooldays, Taylor's outspoken, progressive views had widened the horizons of her more socially conservative friend. Not only did Taylor urge the aspiring novelist to earn her living by the pen, she surely inspired much of the radicalism of Jane Eyre. When Brontë died at the age of 38, Taylor made significant contributions to the first biography - written by another friend, Elizabeth Gaskell. However, Brontë's relationship with her more famous sisters has overshadowed Taylor's crucial influence on Charlotte's work.
Pitchfork interviews Neil Hastead, from the band Slowdive, on his song Sugar for the Pill:
Slowdive singer-guitarist Neil Halstead guests on the latest episode of “Song Exploder,” the podcast where artist break down their songs and explain how they were made. He discussed “Sugar for the Pill” from their recent self-titled LP. Halstead delves into the song’s gestation, playing clips of a demo and explaining how he merged electronic and live drums, as well as filling his guitar with bubble wrap to control the feedback. He also draws parallels between the song’s themes and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, which he was reading around the time the song was written. (Jazz Monroe)
EDIT: Also in Fact.

The Huffington Post talks about the persistence of reading over other forms of entertainment:
Of course, like new and exciting ballets, styles of literature evolve and take on new shapes, and different genres emerge; even the words we use and read change over time. Read 'Jane Eyre', 'The Way We Live Now' or even 'Anne of Green Gables' to see the way language has evolved. (Fleur Morrison)
The 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death has triggered lots of articles. A few of them contain Brontë references:
[On Mansfield Park 1999] With its fierce takedown of patriarchy and colonialism, this adaptation is absolutely swimming in social relevance, but most Janeites consider its ramped-up romanticism too Brontë-ish. (And in Austenland, that’s a real dis.) (Alison Gillmor in Winnipeg Free Press)
 Aquest era el seu gènere, possiblement a causa -i espero que les feministes no m’ho blasmin- de tenir una visió del món concentrada, i del tot depenent de les notícies i les tafaneries que li explicaven les seves coneixences quan passaven a visitar-la. Es tractava, gairebé sempre, de qüestions amoroses i sentimentals, en el tractament de les quals Austen supera qualsevol novel·lista del seu temps, incloses les germanes Brontë. (Jordi Llovet in Ara) (Translation)
 Jane Austen dibuja ese universo con la misma minuciosidad que Charles Dickens pero a una escala mucho menor. Y no es romántica porque es inquisitiva y descriptiva (lo que la hace extremadamente moderna) pero no hay en sus novelas el menor desgarro pasional o una voluntaria mirada poética. Eso es precisamente lo que 30 años después de su muerte le reprochaba Charlotte Brontë (la primera autora convocada aquí para valorar a Austen) : «Orgullo y prejuicio es un lugar común; un jardín cuidadosamente vallado y cultivado, con bordes limpios y flores delicadas; pero ni un atisbo de una fisionomía vívida y luminosa, ningún campo abierto, nada de aire fresco», escribe a un crítico amigo suyo. (Elena Hevia in El Periódico) (Translation)
 Luego siguieron Mansfield Park, la gran tela de araña de la obra de Austen, y Emma, su personaje más eufórico y enérgico, que recibió un comentario muy favorable de Walter Scott, considerando que el talento de la autora se cifraba en la capacidad para volver extraordinarios personajes que a todos los lectores, en principio, habrían de resultarles comunes. Esto que para Scott merecía ser resaltado, para Charlotte Brontë era casi un delito: "Las novelas de Austen no son sino daguerrotipos de escenas comunes: un jardín cerrado de flores delicadas, pero nada de aire fresco, ni un vívido personaje brillante". (Juan Bonilla in El Mundo) (Translation)
The Times quotes Charlotte Brontë on Edinburgh:
For Charlotte Brontë it was poetry: “Brief, bright, clear and vital as a flash of lightning.” (Gilliam Bowditch)
The Sunday Times advises you to book for
Jane Eyre, Grand Theatre, Leeds, Mar 7-14, 2018, then touring
Northern Ballet had a hit last year with Cathy Marston’s brand-new choreography based on Charlotte Brontë’s novel. The show, with Philip Feeney’s music played live by the Northern Sinfonia, is being revived for NB’s spring season next year and will visit Belfast, Sheffield, Cardiff, London and Salford.
Also in The Sunday Times a review of The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness by Robert Winder:
Later, rain gave us the world’s first canal network, teaching the skills engineers later used for the world’s first railways. And rain is always there in the stories we tell. It rains in the first line of the Canterbury Tales and at the end of The Waste Land; it rains in King Lear and Bleak House, in Great Expectations and Wuthering Heights. The first line of VS Naipaul’s novel The Enigma of Arrival, set in rural Wiltshire, reads as follows: “For the first four days it rained.” (Dominic Sandbrook)
TeleAesse (Italy) recommends Jane Eyre:
Chi non ha mai sentito parlare della piccola Jane Eyre e dell’eccellente e intima scrittura di Charlotte Brontë? Vedere il film non mi era bastato. Sentivo il bisogno di averlo tra le mani e poterlo leggere fino all’ultima riga. (Elena Lombardi) (Translation)
The Irish Times and Lovin Dublin has pictures of The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Dublin; Blue Mountains Gazette, ABC News, 9NewsThe Age and Illawarra Mercury shares the Australian events, Dagens Nyheter, Helsingborgs Dagblad and Uppsala Nya Tidning cover the Sweden events. Fosters covers the event in New Hampshire and Atlanta inTown in Atlanta...

C.S.Literary Jewelry reviews Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker. Bookland, viaggando tra I libri (in Italian) reviews Agnes Grey.
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A vindication of Branwell Brontë has just been published:
Who Is Branwell Brontë?
by James T Kelly
Publisher: Skerry Books Limited (19 Jun. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1910599075

The story of Branwell Brontë has been plagued by misconceptions, lies, and misunderstandings for decades. This incredible new volume seeks to set the record straight. Find out why Branwell doomed himself to anonymity by writing under a different name. Discover the truth about his alleged affair with a married woman. Learn whether he was the secret author of Wuthering Heights. Alongside Branwell's own poetry and prose, this book will change the way you think about the Brontë's overlooked brother forever.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Remember the dinner service created by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell which included a Charlotte Brontë plate? Keighley News reports that its final destination will be the Brontë Parsonage Museum, among several other things:
Items connected to Charlotte Brontë returned home to Haworth this week following the auction of a large private collection of Brontëana.
The four lots acquired by the Brontë Society include the address panel of a letter by Charlotte Brontë sent to her father and a portrait of Charlotte Brontë by Bloomsbury Group member Vanessa Bell.
The society also bought a letter written by social reformer Caroline Norton praising Jane Eyre and speculating on its author, and an envelope addressed by Charlotte Brontë to her friend Ellen Nussey.

Ann Dinsdale, the society’s Principal Curator, said the society was delighted to have acquired these items for action.
She said: “The address panel of a letter written by Charlotte to her father and autographed by him is of particular interest.
“After Charlotte’s death, Mr Brontë cut her letters into snippets to meet the many requests for samples of her handwriting that came from admirers of her books.
“We believe that this address panel came from Charlotte’s letter to announce her return home following Anne’s death at Scarborough.

“The Vanessa Bell portrait of Charlotte is also an exciting addition to our collection. It was a design for a large dinner service commemorating famous women, and was commissioned by Kenneth Clark in 1932-33.”
There were 75 Brontë-related lots in the sale by Forum Auctions, which took place in London on Monday.
Amongst them was an envelope addressed by Emily Brontë to Ellen Nussey, but the Brontë Society was unsuccessful in its attempt to acquire it.
Ms Dinsdale said the society was very disappointed to be outbid on the envelope.
She added: “The letter which was originally contained in the envelope is part of the collection at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and it was hoped that the two items could be reunited and displayed at the Parsonage in 2018, the bicentenary of Emily’s birth.” (David Knights)
The Scarborough letter is discussed in the Yorkshire Post:
It was an unspeakable bereavement. His wife and their six children had all gone and only their letters remained. Charlotte, his last surviving daughter, had succumbed to suspected tuberculosis at 38. She was carrying his grandchild. In the outpouring of grief that followed, her admirers implored The Rev Patrick Brontë to send them samples of her handwriting as keepsakes. He took out his scissors, put the fragments into envelopes and sent them into the world. A century and a half later, they are still trying to piece them back together. It was, said Ann Dinsdale, principal curator at the Brontë Society, like a game of fridge poetry magnets. This week, however, another tile fell into place. The Brontë Museum, inside Patrick’s former parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, paid £5,000 at auction to acquire the address panel of a letter Charlotte had sent to her father from Scarborough, in 1849. She had taken her ailing younger sister, Anne, to the seaside, in the vain hope that the sea air would relieve her symptoms of consumption. “A dreadful darkness closes in”, Anne had written of her terminal illness. In her letter home, six years before her own death, Charlotte told her father she would soon return to Haworth, and detailed Anne’s funeral expenses. “It’s such a poignant image. Patrick, in his old age, cutting the letters into snippets,” Ms Dinsdale said. “I’ve no idea why he thought it wouldn’t be more important to preserve the letters.” The letter from Scarborough was not the only one he cut to bits, but given its content, it is among the most significant. Fragments of it are in Texas and New York but others are missing. One was already back at the parsonage, where its journey had begun. Its text has been unscrambled from the surviving pieces. (David Behrens)
Two additional reviews of the touring National Theatre's Jane Eyre adaptation:
This new, imaginative live adaption of Jane Eyre is both brave and incredibly well thought through, with Sally Cookson adapting one of Britain’s most loved classics into a phenomenal on stage production. Cookson strips back Brontë’s masterpiece to its bare bones and it is not one to be missed. (Gemma Corking in What's On NorthEast)
Chilling and brilliant masterpiece full of wonder and emotion. A truly fantastical haunting piece of theatre with outstanding actors. A must see production. (Becky Mary in All Things Stagey)
A new Brontë mention in a TV series. TV Eskimo recaps The Affair S03E07:
I have to say, while Vik may have his faults (keep in mind he bought one of Furkat’s vagina photographs), he seems to be the only one who cares about the Solloway children. Poor Trevor tries to tell his mother about his role in Jane Eyre The Musical and Helen is detached and distracted.
Hilary Mantel quotes the (in)famous opinion of Charlotte Brontë about Jane Austen in The Guardian:
Charlotte Brontë did not like Jane Austen because she thought she was mimsy, with a fenced-in imagination. But the teenage Jane was ruthless, well read, exuberant and scathing.
Also in Die Tagespost (Germany), El Español (Spain).

The Daily Mail interviews the journalist and newsreader Naga Munchetty:
The book that holds an everlasting resonance… Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, a powerful tale of love, cruelty and revenge that I studied at A-level. It was the first book I'd read that didn't sugar-coat life. (Rob McGibbon)
Halifax Courier describes a walk in the West Yorkshire Moors
Rise slightly between two stone walls, turning left towards a charming deserted house that inspires thoughts of Wuthering Heights-esque stories of remote moorland living. (Caroline Spalding)
Cultjer discusses one of the greatest movies ever made, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise:
The photography (Charles Rosher and Karl Struss are credited as the cinematographers) is truly a thing of beauty. It looks like an early Noir but has a lightness to the character that Noir would have cowered from. It is a romance with moments that would suit Wuthering Heights yet it is in no way gothic. It is just a simple, honest film. (SteveAmos)
The Times' Serious Money section is devoted to manuscripts:
“Manuscripts often tell stories in profound ways, sometimes from the content, or sometimes the date can also be enough, such as the letter from Jane Austen at the time her first book was published.”
Ms Rowell says documents from Austen, Darwin, Emily Brontë, Horatio Nelson or Winston Churchill are always desirable. (Marc Shoffman)
Danmarks Radio (Denmark) presents the album Moorland Elegies by  Tõnu Kõrvits:
Albummet hedder ’Moorland Elegies’, og titlen er på engelsk, da musikken er baseret på digte af den engelske forfatter Emily Brontë, der er bedst kendt for romanen ’Stormfulde højder’. (Malene Wichmann and Max Fage-Pedersen) (Translation)
Página 12 (Argentina) interviews the writer Mariana Enríquez:
También está presente ese motivo de grandes amores trágicos donde uno tiene que matar al otro. ¿Tuviste una época de lectura de novelas románticas? Leí que tu libro preferido es Cumbres Borrascosas. (Marina Yuszczuk)
Sí, cuando era chica un poco más. Las Brontë especialmente me gustan mucho, y sobre todo, como Drácula, son esas cosas que leés en la infancia y de las que después es muy difícil desprenderse. Hasta Mujercitas también tiene eso, la cosa de la chica joven que muere, como una especie de melodrama muy operístico y de grandes amores. Aunque a Helena se le pasa bastante rápido, ella es más estoica. Es como que pasé de la desesperación total y el desenfreno de Cumbres borrascosas a la cosa mucho más estoica de Jane Eyre, que cuando se da cuenta de que él ya está casado, y para colmo con una loca, se va. Se va consciente, segura. Y cuando vuelve ya no está apasionadísima. (Translation)
Frankfurter Allgemeine reviews An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls:
Ihre Lektüren sind vielseitig, erstrecken sich von Arthur Conan Doyles Kriminalgeschichten über Charlotte Brontës Gothic-Bildungsroman „Jane Eyre“ zu Lewis’ „Chroniken von Narnia“. (Katharina Laszlo) (Translation)
Medium lists the 100 must read books for the Thinking Christian and Jane Eyre is in the 69th position. The New York Times briefly mentions the book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls which includes the Brontës. The New Yorker also mentions Kay Woodward's Jane Airhead.
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Today is the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, again. You know, a flash mob of people dressed as Kate Bush in her famous 1978 Wuthering Heights video clip repeating her bizarre choreography. The thing happens in many places (most of them in Australia and Sweden for some reason). These are some of the places:

SWEDEN, Uppsala
ISRAEL, Tel Aviv
CANADA, Montreal
DENMARK, Copenhagen
AUSTRALIA, Melbourne

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Bookseller presents a new sequel of Wuthering Heights that will be published next year:
HarperCollins will publish the “untold story of Wuthering Heights’ Heathcliff” by Michael Stewart.
Clio Cornish, editor at the HarperCollins imprint HQ, acquired world all language rights for Ill Will from Jemima Forrester at David Higham Associates.
The title is described as a “superbly written piece of gothic fiction which authentically captures the bleak, earthy tone of Emily Bronte’s classic” and “dripping in atmosphere”.
A HarperCollins spokesperson said Bradford-based author, Stewart, had engaged with Bronte's legacy to write the book. They said: “Having worked closely with the Brontë Parsonage [the museum which contains the author's collections] for years, Stewart has immersed himself in the history of Wuthering Heights.”
The novel follows Heathcliff who has left left Wuthering Heights and is travelling across the moors to Liverpool in search of his past. Along the way, he saves Emily, a Highwayman's daughter, from a whipping and the pair travel together stopping in graveyards along the way. They survive through Emily’s apparent ability to commune with the dead as the pair lie, cheat and scheme their way across the North of England.
Stewart has written several stage plays and his debut novel, King Crow, which was published by independent, Hebden Bridge-based publisher, Bluemoose Books, in 2011 and won the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. He is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield and is also the publisher of Grist Books.
The author revealed his unresolved questions over Bronte’s 1847 classic encouraged him to write the novel. He said: “Wuthering Heights was the first novel that obsessed me. For many years, I wondered what had turned Heathcliff from an ‘uncouth stable boy’ into a ‘gentleman psychopath’. Then, one day, walking across the same moor that Emily traipsed, an idea came to me.”
Cornish praised the title’s atmospheric setting and said it offers the “missing piece” of the puzzle of Heathcliff. He said: “Packed to the brim with windswept moors, crow-laden scaffolds, dark obsessions and terrible deeds, Ill Will is a perfect and extraordinarily inventive piece of gothic fiction.”
Forrester said: “It’s a compelling story – beautifully written and positively dripping in atmosphere.”
The title will be published in hardback, eBook and audio on 22nd March 2018. (Heloise Wood)
History Extra presents A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney:
Charlotte Brontë and Mary Taylor
The whitewashing of Jane Austen’s friendship with Anne left future generations of readers ill-equipped to assess the more radical side of Austen’s life and work. The author Charlotte Brontë, for instance, born just a year before Jane died, perhaps misguidedly regarded her forebear as a well-bred lady lacking in passion and grit – qualities that Charlotte herself rated highly.
Unlike Austen, Brontë has always been remembered as one of a group of literary women. But the accepted image of Charlotte as a devoted sister of Anne and Emily Brontë has overshadowed the other significant female friendships that she sought outside the home. One of the closest relationships Charlotte forged was with sharp-tongued radical Mary Taylor, who would eventually publish her first novel in her 70s.  (Read more
Theatress reviews the Jane Eyre performances in Milton Keynes:
Jane Eyre is a masterpiece – a demonstration of how to transform an old classic into a modern and relatable piece whilst staying true to the story that so many people love. Not only will it reignite the old love that so many people have for this story, but it certainly has the potential to win over an entire new generation of Jane fans. Perhaps we’ll call ourselves the Jane-ators or something snazzy like that. (Charlotte)
The Amherst Bulletin reviews the film... A Quiet Passion, of course:
Davies’ film makes other puzzling choices: Although the poetry of Longfellow is cited, as is the prose of the Brontës and George Eliot, there is no mention of Whitman, Emerson, Keats, Shakespeare, or the Brownings, all of whom were important to Dickinson’s development as an artist. Her beloved sister-in-law Susan Dickinson (Jodhi May) is woefully underdeveloped save for one private scene in which a hint of their intimacy is suggested. As Martha Nell Smith has shown in her study “Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson,” Susan Dickinson was an indispensable poetic collaborator and kindred spirit — and one of the great loves of Dickinson’s life. (Dickinson’s beloved canine companion, Carlo, named for St. John Rivers’ dog in Brontë’s Jane Eyre, also is absent. Restoring him to the story may have brought some much-needed levity.) (Emily Orlando)
The other favourite film of Brontë tidbits around is Lady Macbeth. On WBAA:
The wild terrain may put you in mind of Wuthering Heights, but this is a whole other kind of Gothic. Emily Brontë was never at liberty to vent the carnal steam given off by these two rebels, or its wider social implications. (Ella Taylor)
The Jewish Chronicle is probably right saying
It’s not even remotely interesting to read about happiness and fulfilment. If, when Jane Eyre rocked up to Thornfield Hall, Mr Rochester hadn’t already had a wife locked up in the attic, it’s unlikely we’d still be reading the book today. (Susan Reuben)
Electric Lit lists the worst weddings in literature:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The last thing you want to hear when you’re standing at the alter about to get married is that your intended already has a spouse. But such is Jane’s lot when one of her guests shouts out, “I declare the existence of an impediment,” forcing Mr. Rochester to admit that he’s been harboring a wife in his attic. Rochester’s defense is that his wife is completely crazy, but Jane’s not having it, and she leaves Thornfield, rendering herself penniless and homeless in the process. (Carrie V Mullins)
This article in The Gulf Today is particularly confusing:
Humanity has been angry about the [poverty] line, and has been so, for centuries. Among the angry, I am kind of familiar with, have been Marx, an assortment of purely theoretical Leftists, proven thinkers like Arnold, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Sartre, Lawrence, Hardy, Russell, Gibran, Iqbal and, of course, Emily Brontë. The list is unending. An entire forest won’t be enough to produce the amount of paper we would need to create the list. (Shaadaab S Bakht)