Sunday, October 22, 2017

To Emily Brontë Collection

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A-England has a whole collection of Emily Brontë-devoted nail polish:
ghostly, eerie white grey holo with an illusory flash lilac and of blue

dark red berry holo full of depth and passion

soft medium grey mauve holo wrapping multiple reflections

bright blu holo revealing at times tiny surprising green lights
Via LiveLovePolish.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Keighley News reports an upcoming astronomical event at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Museums At Night returns to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth this week.
Bradford Astronomical Group will visit the village on Thursday, October 26 for a special event accompanying the monthly late-night opening of the parsonage.
Reflecting the Brontë family’s interest in astronomy, members will be speak about astronomy in the 1800s and show off an antique brass telescope from the 1820s.
Visitors can learn about light pollution, use computers to look at the night sky during the Brontës’ time, and observe the sun and stars through telescopes.
The museum is open until 8pm, and admission after 5.30pm will be free to anyone providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21 and BD20 postal areas.
Museums at Night will on Friday, October, 27, welcome Grant Montgomery, production designer for the BBC’s acclaimed TV film about the Brontës, To Walk Invisible.
He will provide an intimate look behind the scenes of the reimagining of Branwell Brontë’s studio for the current parsonage exhibition Mansions in the Sky. (David Knights)
Dame Jenni Murray explains in the Yorkshire Evening Post why Charlotte Brontë didn't make it into her A History of Britain in 21 Women:
The book tells the stories of 21 iconic British women whose struggles and achievements in life helped with the emancipation of women in general and changed the course of social history in the UK, although she admits that when it came to a toss-up between including Charlotte Brontë or Jane Austen, it was the latter who won.
“It breaks my heart that Charlotte Brontë was not in there but in the end I had to make a decision and it came down to her or Jane Austin (sic). The publisher said we cannot do any more than 21, we just cannot fit it in.” (Neil Hudson)
Do you want a tintype picture with ghost incorporated? Observer explains how to obtain one, with Jane Eyre as a bonus:
This wolf-falcon watched my face as I produced my beat-up copy of Jane Eyre, a prop I wanted in the photo. “What do you like about the story?” she asked, obviously fishing. I told her I loved Charlotte Brontë’s descriptions of a mad first wife chained up in an antic.  (Ann Votaw)
Daily Express interviews actor Robert Duncan:
Among my early stage roles were A Deep Man and a favourite, Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. Alongside theatre, I did TV and my most high-profile role was Gus Hedges in Drop The Dead Donkey. “Gus was a shy and hopeless newsroom boss who was bereft of people skills. (Tony Padman)
The same newspaper interviews Jay Aston from the originals Buck Fizzs and now a member of The Fizz:
I loved [Kate Bush's] Wuthering Heights but this album had the most impact on me. I had left Bucks Fizz and was going through a difficult time but this took me to another place. She uses her voice to paint a picture and because I was hugely into dance I loved the fact that she used mime in her performance. (Caroline Rees
Talking about Kate Bush. She is one of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. The Young Folks discusses it:
God, I hope Kate Bush gets in. Just because I’d love the induction performances to be something like “Creep,” “Personal Jesus”, “WUTHERING FRIGGEN HEIGHTS”. (Katie Gill)
Daily Post list 'haunted hotels' in North Wales including The Castle Hotel in Conwy:
Over the years, the hotel has been host to some famous guests including Samuel Johnson, Charlotte Brontë and William Wordsworth. (Lydia Morris)
The Weekend Australian talks about Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire by Carol Dyhouse :
She notes that “the icons of romantic literature — Mr Darcy, Mr Rochester, Heathcliff or Rhett Butler — were mostly, in the first instance, products of the female imagination”. These characters, along with real celebrities such as Lord Byron, established a template that has been used in countless fictions in literature and film and in establishing the carefully contrived images of leading men and male rock stars. The first Hollywood heart-throb, the dashing and exotic Rudolph Valentino, was the discovery of June Mathis, a powerful female studio executive. (Simon Caterson)
Vox discusses the impact of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle among book lovers:
Cassandra and Rose think of themselves as two sisters from a 19th-century marriage plot book, “two Brontë-Jane Austen girls,” Cassandra writes, “poor but spirited, two girls of Godsend castle.” (Constance Grady
Gazzetta di Parma reviews the film Viceroy's House:
Iniziano gli scontri sanguinosi tra hindu e musulmani e la Chadha prima fa scoppiare una lite tra i servitori in cucina, poi accenna il meno probabile dei “Romeo e Giulietta” e infine ci racconta la spartizione dei libri nel ricco palazzo che dà il titolo al film: «Se “Cime tempestose” va in Pakistan, allora “Jane Eyre” resta qui, e tutta Jane Austen». Il viceré annuisce salomonico.
Ecco, meritiamo qualcosa di più, sia noi che gli indiani. Per non dire Jane Austen. (Michele Zanlari) (Translation)
Infobae (Argentina) is happy to see To Walk Invisible in the Amazon streaming content. On yelp, a happy visitor to the Parsonage. Jewish Women, Amplified shares 'When Brontë Gave Me Wings'
by Dorrit Corwin.
A new Italian translations of Brontë material published by flower-ed:
Patrick Branwell Brontë
Alice Law
Translated by Alessandranna D’Auria
Windy Moors Collection, No10
ISBN: 978-88-85628-00-7

Nel 1923 il mito dei Brontë era già affermato al punto da dare vita a due fazioni di studiosi e appassionati: da un lato i sostenitori delle sorelle Charlotte, Emily e Anne, dall’altro quelli a favore di Branwell. Alice Law apparteneva a questo secondo gruppo. Il suo saggio biografico, scritto sull’onda della concitazione per rendere giustizia alla memoria oltraggiata di Branwell, è un appassionato resoconto che ha il chiaro intento di rivalutare la figura dello sfortunato fratello, il cui talento era stato troppo a lungo sminuito dai suoi detrattori. L’autrice scrive con tenerezza e con amore, persino quando affronta l’annosa quanto fantasiosa questione del suo tempo: chi scrisse davvero Cime tempestose?

Friday, October 20, 2017

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New Republic features the new memoir by biographer James Atlas, The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale.
Atlas discusses J.A. Froude, whose biography of Thomas Carlyle also acquired a reputation for hostility, and Elizabeth Gaskell, whose biography of Charlotte Brontë was attacked on every side by figures from Brontë’s life who disliked how they were portrayed in it. The suggestion is that The Shadow in the Garden is written on behalf of all the biographers whose honesty about their subjects was interpreted as gossip, or whose readability was maligned as salaciousness. Such are the pitfalls of the genre. (Robert Minto)
Folk Radio features singer and songwriter Megan Henwood:
All of the redemptive writing is as intriguing as a Brontë novel, but the music is also lovely, delicate and sympathetic to the song, and it slides so nicely into the next track ‘Used to be so Kind‘, that they could have been a medley piece. (Glenn Kimpton)
The Herald Standard discusses the upcoming season of the PICT Classic Theatre Company in Pittsburgh:
In the spring, “Jane Eyre” will appear on stage April 7-28 in the WQED Fred Rogers Studio.
“It’s a brilliant book, and the best of the novels,” Stanford said, applauding the classic author Charlotte Brontë for her book about decency and morality.
“She’s striving to do what’s right, and facing an enormous amount of adversity because of it,” he said. “It’s a book of optimism.” (Olivia Goudy)
The Telegraph and Argus shares links to its picture library, which includes old images of Haworth and Thornton, for instance.

SFGate recommends several books and Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna is among them. NutFreeNerd posts about Wuthering Heights.

Finally an alert from Porto Sant'Elpidio, Italy as read in Chronache Fermane:
"Nel luogo più discosto dal mondo"
Lezione-spettacolo su Cime Tempestose
Friday, October 20 at 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Malloni Trace, Porto San'Elpidio, Italy

Alla recitazione Pamela Olivieri
Musiche a cura di Valentino Alessandrini - Violin Performer (violino).
Organizzazione e produzione Beatrice Pompei - Lagrù

Una cena-spettacolo per vivere le emozioni di uno dei più grandi romanzi ottocenteschi, tra l'amore e il terrore affrescati nelle sue pagine. 
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A new photographic exhibition opens today, October 20th in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain:
Remembrança. Visions sobre les germanes Brontë
October 20 - November 26
Casa de Cultura, Sant Cugat del Vallès (Spain)

Un projecte d’Helena Aguilar Mayans “Remembrança” és un projecte fotogràfic que se centra en els personatges femenins protagonistes de les novel·les més destacades de les germanes Brontë. Si es coneix la biografia de Charlotte, Emily i Anne, és fàcil identificar els paral·lelismes entre les pròpies vivències i les de les protagonistes de les narracions. Les fotografies ens expliquen part de la vida de les germanes, al mateix temps que parlen de les heroïnes de les novel·les.
Further info, including a video and an audio interview here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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The Conversation discusses the rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein and argues that, 'Rape is a plot device in western literature, sold back to us by Hollywood'. We mostly agree even though we do think that the quote from Jane Eyre is taken out of context:
Even where authors have seemingly set out to create positive representations of female sexual desire, the results can be uncanny. “I decidedly preferred these fierce favours to anything more tender,” says the eponymous heroine of Jane Eyre, whose paramour often seems to totter on the brink of actual physical attack. Yes, Rochester gets maimed in the end, and Jane scores a fortune, and this makes them more equal. But the fact that the hero is a man who locks his mad wife in the attic needs to be questioned.
Then there’s Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. He hangs Isabella’s dog. Need I say more? (Camilla Nelson)
The quote comes from chapter XXIV:
 In other people's presence I was, as formerly, deferential and quiet; any other line of conduct being uncalled for: it was only in the evening conferences I thus thwarted and afflicted him. He continued to send for me punctually the moment the clock struck seven; though when I appeared before him now, he had no such honeyed terms as "love" and "darling" on his lips: the best words at my service were "provoking puppet," "malicious elf," "sprite," "changeling," &c. For caresses, too, I now got grimaces; for a pressure of the hand, a pinch on the arm; for a kiss on the cheek, a severe tweak of the ear. It was all right: at present I decidedly preferred these fierce favours to anything more tender. Mrs. Fairfax, I saw, approved me: her anxiety on my account vanished; therefore I was certain I did well. Meantime, Mr. Rochester affirmed I was wearing him to skin and bone, and threatened awful vengeance for my present conduct at some period fast coming. I laughed in my sleeve at his menaces. "I can keep you in reasonable check now," I reflected; "and I don't doubt to be able to do it hereafter: if one expedient loses its virtue, another must be devised."
We have always read it as a bit of tongue-in-cheek passage, as Jane is clearly enjoying teasing and being teased by Rochester.

The Guardian reviews the book Nature and Necessity by Tariq Goddard.
Goddard can do tenderness as well as humour. The best scenes are moments of thwarted intimacy, such as when Evita comes home strung out on heroin and her mother looks after her in the attic – the Jane Eyre parallels are made explicit. There is no reconciliation: “doing things had always been preferable to forming emotional connections” for Petula. (Henry Jeffreys)
An alert for later today at Rawdon Community Library, as seen in The Telegraph and Argus.
Charlotte Brontë will be the subject of a lecture at Rawdon Community Library this month.
The lecture will explore how 'modern' a woman Charlotte was.Was the author of one of the most powerful novels in the history of English literature a feminist? Is that a term she would have recognised?
In her talk Diane Fare, audience development officer at Brontë Parsonage Museum, will examine Charlotte's own experience of romance, and the depiction of romance in her fiction.
The Parsonage is in the midst of a five-year bicentenary programme, celebrating the 200th anniversaries of the births of Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020. In 2019, the museum will focus attention on the father of the famous siblings, Patrick, and explore his role in the Brontë story.
Charlotte Brontë: A Modern Woman? will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 19. Tickets cost £4 and are available in the library or on the door. (Annette McIntyre)
The Haworth public toilets affair continues and The Telegraph and Argus has an article about it (isn't it a sad sign of the times when people are fighting to get a public toilet?). Los Angeles Public Library looks at 'The Many Faces of Jane Eyre'.
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A new French book about the Brontë sisters:
Les Soeurs Brontë. La force d'exister
Laura El Makki
Editions Tallandier
ISBN : 9791021024373
October 5,  2017

Les soeurs Brontë sont un mystère. Isolées du monde, filles d’un pasteur de village, elles ont révolutionné l’histoire littéraire en publiant, sous pseudonymes masculins, des romans brûlants d’amour et de vie comme Jane Eyre et Les Hauts de Hurlevent.Haworth, 1836. Dans les landes du Yorkshire, Charlotte (20 ans), Emily (18 ans) et Anne (16 ans) écrivent à la lumière de la bougie. Comment ces jeunes femmes de condition modeste, sans relations ni entregent, vont-elles devenir des auteurs qui comptent ? Quel rôle tient leur frère Branwell, artiste raté, dans cette fratrie à la fois soudée et rongée par les non-dits ?
Partie sur les traces des soeurs Brontë, Laura El Makki nous plonge dans leur intimité, leurs alliances, leurs déchirements, et nous raconte le destin de trois femmes aux prises avec l’adversité, qui ont su trouver en elles la force d’exister.
More information on Onirik.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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The Man Booker Prize awards ceremony took place last night and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders won. However, YorkMix chooses to feature local author Fiona Mozley, whose book Elmet had been shortlisted for the award.
Speaking before the announcement on the BBC News channel, writer and cricit Stephanie Merritt said of Elmet: “It’s a tremendous achievement for a first novel. It’s a book about landscape and our place in the landscape.”
"Echoes of Wuthering Heights and Ted Hughes are all there,” added Sameer Rahim, the books editor of Prospect magazine.
“There are some beautiful landscape descriptions and she really can write.”
Poltrona Nerd (Brazil) reviews John Green's Turtles All the Way Down.
Não podemos deixar de mencionar Davis, o filho do empresário desaparecido. Surgindo no momento mais oportuno possível, ele é essencial para compreendermos o que se passa na cabeça de Aza. O menino é diferente da maioria dos garotos de sua idade. Se interessa por escrita, leituras clássicas e autores consagrados na literatura como Shakespeare, Demócrito e Brontë, além de usar a internet para desaguar suas ideias. (Paula Ramos) (Translation)
Vanyaland reviews the film England is Mine, based on Morrissey's early years.
I remember when Morrissey’s autobiography came out. We all thought we would get the straight story (minus the apparent homosexual affair that American publishers deleted), and we did get just that: Morrissey’s version. Finally. His life in about 400 pages, written as if he were channeling Oscar Wilde and Emily Brontë. After all the point-of-view books on him and then finally his own, did we really need a movie? (Mark Phinney)
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A public reading in Seysses, France with some Brontë references:
Tombés de la nuit
Florilège de textes et d'aventures en musique
Mercredi 18 octobre, à 18 heures à la salle des fêtes, le service culturel de la ville de Seysses, offre un spectacle pour tous publics, à partir de 8 ans, proposé par la compagnie Paradis Eprouvette.

Un comédien, un clarinettiste, une accordéoniste, des livres, des objets sonores, un lit à baldaquin monté sur roulettes… véhicule du rêve. Des textes d'aventure en musique où l'on retrouve Claude Roy, Jonathan Swift, Michel Tournier, Charlotte Brontë, Claude Ponti ou encore Jacques Prévert.

Cette lecture-spectacle familiale associe chapitres d'aventures comme Les voyages de Gulliver ou Vendredi ou la vie sauvage. Florilège en musique de littérature classique et contemporaine, ponctuée de poèmes chantés. Le thème de la nuit glisse du rêve au cauchemar, de la peur à l'enchantement poétique : «Après l'aube, la nuit tisseuse de chansons s'endort d'un songe lourd d'astres et de méduses». Claude Roy
Charlotte Brontë's text is Jane Eyre.

Via La Dépêche.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Yesterday, many sites mentioned the 170th anniversary of the publication of Jane Eyre, including of course The Brontë Parsonage and The Brontë Society on Facebook. Miami Herald compiled the best tweets about hurricane Ophelia and one of them cunningly linked it back to Jane Eyre:
StaffsLive reviews Rebecca Vaughan's Jane Eyre.
How captivating can one woman be on stage, with nothing but a white sheet for a backdrop and a backless couch as the only prop?
The answer is, extremely, when the actor is, Rebecca Vaughan in Dyad Productions’ Jane Eyre – An Autobiography.
Written and directed by Elton Townend-Jones, this remarkable adaptation brings Charlotte Brontë’s much-loved novel to life, staying true to the novel, as everything is seen through Jane’s eyes.
The story focuses on expectations of class and convention with Governess, Jane Eyre, and the struggles of passion and liberation between her brooding romance with Master Edward Rochester.
Elton Townend-Jones keeps the set extremely minimal. As the performance begins, you may feel dubious towards the lack of props and lighting, but your opinions will swiftly change as Vaughan dominates the stage impeccably.
Suspending belief is key for this performance. The couch on set isn’t just a couch, it’s a cot, a deathbed, a bench… the list is endless.
The use of lighting signifies each room, an intense red for the desolate Red-Room, in which Jane Eyre, when a child, was forced to sleep at night as a punishment. Or, a warm orange glow, for the open fire.
Rebecca Vaughan plays 24 different characters, all of them extremely convincing. It’s mesmerising how she quickly transforms from character to character. Her strong vocals captivate the audience.
Her costume is an example of Elton Townend-Jones’s attention to detail; it’s almost exactly how you’d imagine it to be in the novel – the pale complexion and dull plain dress, emphasising her class.
The fact the performance holds the audience’s attention for 90-minutes is a testament to Vaughan.
Jane Eyre – An Autobiography manages to portray the novel without feeling rushed or forced, making it a really remarkable piece of theatre.
It was a gripping adaptation crafted well by Edward Townend-Jones, making it a credit to Dyad Productions. (Emily Sleight)
Starts at 60 reviews Sarah Shoemaker's Mr Rochester:
This is a wonderful back story to a classic novel that I simply loved reading and answered so many questions about this mysterious character. It has been years since I have read Jane Eyre but it won’t be long before I pick it up again to continue this classic love story. (Robyn Ord)
The Brussels Brontë Blog has a post on the recent talk on Villette and Charlotte Brontë’s Brussels.
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Several unpublished plays of the Swedish author Mare Kandre (1962-2005) have been just published in Sweden. Among them a short play about the Brontë sisters: Fyra röster (Four voices), written probably before 1984.
Pesthuset och andra pjäser
Mare Kandre
Edited by Charlott Neuhauser
Publisher: Ellerströms
ISBN 978-91-7247-475-8

Mare Kandre fick efter sin för tidiga död närmast mytisk status. Hennes starka romaner och berättelser fortsätter att inspirera och påverka läsare men som dramatiker är hon tämligen okänd. Genom denna utgåva introduceras Kandre för första gången i bokform som dramatiker. Utgåvan innehåller fem efterlämnade pjäser: den lekfulla Fyra röster, den existentiellt laddade Vilse, den uppsluppet satiriska Poeten och Kritikern, den mardrömslika titel-pjäsen Pesthuset och den klaustrofobiska Tre veckor på jorden som korsar Beckett-stämning med gotisk fantasi.
Several reviews mention the Brontë piece:
Hur vågade Mare Kandre ta sig an syskonen Brontë, den engelskspråkiga litteraturens obestridliga genier? Hon gör det i en pjäs, troligen skriven innan den sensationella debuten med ”I ett annat land”, när hon bara var strax över tjugo fyllda. Då hade hon också hunnit ge ut ett par LP-skivor som rocksångerska, samt tecknat serier (utgivna förra året i boken ”Punkserier”).
Pjäsen ”Fyra röster” inleder den bok som nu utges, ”Pesthuset och andra pjäser”, och skiljer sig från de andra. Den följer tätt syskonen Brontë i spåren, främst Emily, och hennes ambivalenta oro för brodern Branwells tilltagande alkoholism och dess följdsjukdomar. Kandre följer var och en av syskonen, ger dem individuella plågor, individuella röster. (Björn Kolström in Jönköpings-Posten) (Translation)
Inledande ”Fyra röster”, där hon blixtbelyser de fyra syskonen Brontës symbiotiska och tröstlösa liv på en vindpiskad hed i 1840-talets Yorkshire strax innan brodern Branwells död, är av allt att döma snarare en skiss än en färdig pjäs. Texten utvecklas aldrig till ett ”drama” utan är fyra mer eller mindre separata monologer, förvillande lika varandra i tonläge och affekt. Den mest berömda systern Charlottes ord – ”Jag skall skriva mig härifrån. Skriva mig ut! Skriva mig bort! Kosta vad det kosta vill!” – har lika mycket bäring på Brontë-systrarna som på Kandre själv. (Martin Lagerholm in Blekinge Läns Tidning) (Translation)

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Today marks the 170th anniversary of the publication of Jane Eyre!

And The Guardian reminds readers that there are only a few days left to catch Sally Cookson's adaptation at the National Theatre.
5 Jane Eyre
It is your very last chance for Sally Cookson’s passionate staging of Charlotte Brontë’s much-loved novel, which has returned to the NT for one last bow. This is an evening full of theatrical invention and one that proves that it is possible to be true to the spirit of a novel without being in the slightest bit literary. It’s also a show that demonstrates that page-to-stage adaptation doesn’t have to be theatre’s poor cousin.
National Theatre: Lyttelton, SE1, to 21 October
Express & Star reviews Rebecca Vaughan's one-woman adaptation:
Her ‘I will not settle’ attitude that sees her survive a tumultuous childhood and seek her own path should be admired. In an age where women were for the most part expected to shut up and do as they were told she let her spirit guide her.
And that is what makes this, a one-woman play acted out by the powerhouse that is Rebecca Vaughan (there is absolutely no way we would remember all those lines), a very intimate yet enlightening tale.
It’s told as if Jane is talking to her diary. Or perhaps in conversation with pals as she often refers to the audience as ‘friends’. We hear her whole life story through her eyes.
Her dalliances with the other characters in the book are played out through a succession of voices.
All the males have the same tone; the females are given one of two – down to earth northern youngster or old crone.
Jane Eyre is one of the best-known books ever put to paper. Charlotte Bronte’s tale of an orphan overcoming various obstacles in childhood and growing into a no-nonsense, independent woman who just wants true love with Mr Rochester has been retold a thousand times.
But very few reincarnations can have been like this. Single-handedly, Rebecca portrays every show of emotion and draws you into Jane’s inner thoughts. Who she loves. Who she loathes.
The scarier moments in her life are commentated in real time which grows the kind of tension seen in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
And testament to Rebecca is how she holds you. Almost 90 minutes is a long time to hold a group of people’s attention. But she does, and you are still with her at the conclusion of Jane’s story to see if she gets her happy ending.
All the twists and turns of the novel are included, and a few in-jokes while facing the audience pleased fans and brought chuckles.
It was a gripping adaptation of what is a well-trodden path. (Leigh Sanders)
A testament to the novel's success is of course how it's used for metaphors in all sorts of subjects, such as New Zealand politics today as seen on Stuff:
Since the Metiria Turei wrong-footing, Labour has had to keep the Greens in a back room like Grace Poole (Jane Eyre) managing the imprisonment of Mr Rochester's crazy first wife. And we all know how that incarceration turned out, Mrs Rochester eventually breaking free of her shackles to burn down the house, leaving her spouse horribly disfigured and blind.
But the burning question in this crew member's mind was, upon hearing that during coalition talks Shaw took shore leave and went to the movies, what flick did the Green take in? James and the Giant Peach or Anne of Green Gables? (Jane Bowron)
News Advance interviews Liberty University professor and author Karen Swallow Prior.
Of course, as an English professor, I think books are always worth thinking and reading about — the good ones, anyway. And a lot of what I write about in my memoir is drawn from what I teach about these classic works such as “Great Expectations,” “Jane Eyre,”Charlotte’s Web” and “Death of a Salesman,” whether in the classroom or in conversations with my students. People have said that reading “Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me” is like stepping into a literature classroom. That’s because the way I write in the book is the way I teach. I teach these books because I love them. And I want the students, whom I also love, to love them, too. (Casey Gillis)
BBC News reports that the daughter of Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar would like to see a memorial of her mother:
Adelle Stripe, the author of the novel Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, which was based on Dunbar's life, said: "There is a blue plaque on her house at Brafferton Arbor in Buttershaw but there isn't anything that tells us Andrea was from this city in the city centre.
"You see images of David Hockney, Priestley, The Brontës, Delius, Titus Salt, but there is nothing to indicate that [she] came from Bradford and hopefully that's something we can change in the future."
Nick Holland writes about 'Smelling Salts: A Link Between Anne and Maria Brontë' on AnneBrontë.org.
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Today, October 16, begins a new chance to listen to the 2004 radio adaptation of Jane Eyre by the recently deceased Sally Marmion:
Jane Eyre (15 parts of 15 minutes)
With Anne-Marie Duff
BBC Radio 4 Extra - Monday to Friday, 14.00 h / 02:00 h
This week's episodes are
Episode 1Lonely, ignored and ill-treated, the orphaned Jane Eyre is growing up at Gateshead.
When she arrives at Thornfield Hall, it's not only the presence of Mr Rochester that she finds unsettling...
Episode 2Freed from the humiliations inflicted by her aunt, Jane hopes for a new beginning.
Episode 3Her ambitions crushed at the Institute for Orphans, Jane's hopes are restored by friendship.
Episode 4Jane has a new home, Thornfield Hall, and meets her new employer for the first time.
Episode 5Jane learns a little of Mr Rochester's past and comes to his aid for the second time. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Yorkshire Post describes 'literary treasure' Haworth:
It has many of the facilities associated with small or even medium-sized towns and a profile to match, but the Brontë village of Haworth remains just that... a village.
Nestled in the Worth Valley in the eastern Pennines, Haworth has a population of just over 6,000, but on a sunny day in summer the number is multiplied several fold as tourists swarm into Main Street. (...)
The attractions are the cobbled Main Street itself and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, the perfectly preserved 18th century house in which Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë spent most of their lives. (...)
The village has been gentrified in recent years but retains its period charm. Main Street is a jumble of little cafes and shops, many selling handmade crafts and bric-a-brac and others named after the novels and characters created at the parsonage.
At the peak of the season, the junction by the red telephone box, where Main Street meets West Lane can be as crowded as Piccadilly Circus. And each spring, the village hosts a 1940s-themed “wartime weekend”, which attracts around 25,000, many in period costume.
However, the visitor experience is unlikely to be helped by Bradford Council’s decision to close the village’s two public toilets next year, local councillor Rebecca Poulsen believes.
“It’s absolutely crazy, she said. “The council claims to be fully behind tourism and then it does something like this. They wanted to close the tourist information centre too, but the Brontë Society has agreed to take that over.” (David Behrens)
We don't really agree with this comment on Bustle:
 After all, a lot of our most “pretentious” literature used to be good old fashioned pop culture garbage. Shakespeare was wildly popular with the common folk back in his day, and derided for his lack of education. The Brontë sisters were considered the scandalous authors of trashy romance novels. (Klopa Robin)
Pseudonyms in Business Recorder:
A trend reflecting the prevailing sexism of the time saw many accomplished female writers publish their work under masculine names: George Eliot's real name was Mary Ann Evans, George Sand was Aurore Dupin and the Brontë sisters were first published as Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Lately, partly because of female readers becoming more important to the market for new writing, there has been a trend towards gender neutral pen names. (Franck Iovene)
The Hans India on sequels:
Was Phineas Fogg content with his routine lifestyle after his round-the-world trip? What was the subsequent life of Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennet like? (Dr K Srinivasa Rao)
The Telegraph (India) describes like this the novel Elmet by Fiona Mozley:
The landscape is Wuthering Heights, the setting a post-Thatcher How Green Is My Valley, and the climax as bloody as a Jacobean play. 
In a way, the same topic is discussed by Berner Zeitung (in German) in an interview with Zadie Smith:
 Ähnlich war es bei der britischen Autorin Charlotte Brontë. Als diese Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts «Jane Eyre» publizierte, zog das Buch eine Welle von Romanen nach sich, die auf die weibliche Erfahrung fokussierten. «Es ist ein grosses Geschenk, das Schreibende ­einander geben können.» Ein neuer Blickwinkel tue sich auf. (Anne-Sophie Scholl) (Translation)
The Sisters' Room interviews Marianna D'Ezio, Italian translator of Jane Eyre. Les Soeurs Brontë (in French) proposes an alternate possibility for the alleged Landseer portrait of the Brontës, she suggests that it may be it the work of the artist's sister Jessica.
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A Brontë reference in the last episode of SEAL Team (S01E03):
Boarding Party
Written by Spencer Hudnutt
Directed by Christopher Chulack
Stella: What's this? Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Nice. Actually wrote my...
Clay: Your thesis on it. You're a hell of a writer.
Stella: Is this a first edition?
Clay: No. You know, now-now's actually, probably a good time for me to tell you how little I make.
Via TVFanatic:
Post apology, Clay goes on a highly successful date with Stella. Proving that he’s smart enough to be a SEAL, he has read her thesis on Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.
Between this and some strategically delivered flowers, Clay earns SEAL Team’s first love scene, and it’s a doozy. There’s even a hint of chemistry there. I also appreciate that the writers went a little deeper than Jane Eyre for their Brontë reference. (Melissa Marshall)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Keighley News talks about the Withens Welly Walk charity initiative:
A Keighley charity which provides much needed support for people with cancer is preparing an important fundraising walk for its activities this autumn.
Keighley and Airedale Cancer Support is based in New Devonshire House and one of its members, Clare Taylor, is organising a "Withens Welly Walk". (...)
The trek takes place on Saturday November 11, with participants meeting at the Old Sun Hotel, 79 West Lane, Haworth.
There will be two route options. The first is a 7.6 mile walk to Top Withens and back and the second a shorter five-mile walk to the Brontë Waterfalls and back. (Miran Rahman)
The Newcastle Chronicle reports the return to England of the only known sketchbook of Thomas Bewick:
The only known sketchbook of the celebrated Northumbrian engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick has come home after surfacing in San Francisco in the United States. (...)
The event will be the launch of a new book which reproduces the sketches, with a commentary by leading Bewick scholar and author Nigel Tattersfield, who will be attending. Thomas Bewick: The Sketchbook 1792-99, is published by London antiquarian booksellers Jarndyce at £85 in a limited edition of 200 copies, and has been designed by another prominent Bewick authority, Iain Bain.(...)
 A History of British Birds came in two volumes, on land birds and water birds, and is repeatedly mentioned in Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre. (Tony Henderson)
The New York Times asks several journalists and authors about 'what they learnt from horror movies':
I love how often horror-movie monsters can become allegorical stand-ins for what scares us. Back in high school, I came across the 1943 movie “I Walked With a Zombie,” and was floored by how this suspense movie dealt with repression, fear and racism. It caught my attention because my family is from a Caribbean island, and I grew up with stories about Santería.
Loosely based on “Jane Eyre,” the movie follows a nurse who is hired to care for the catatonic wife of a wealthy sugar plantation owner in the Caribbean. “I Walked With a Zombie” is upfront about the island’s tragic history of slavery and the slave trade, even as some of its white characters would rather minimize their unsavory past to focus on the romantic melodrama. (Mónica Castillo)
The Australian discusses the current Man Booker Prize Shortlist, including:
Despite the outward differences between the two books, Elmet draws some of its energy from the same questions about national identity and nationhood that animate Autumn, taking its title from the ancient kingdom that was celebrated by Ted Hughes in The Remains of Elmet, as well as invoking the Brontës and others. (James Bradley)
Princeton Times links together WalMart Stores, Jane Eyre and Dracula:
 Just last week, I trotted out to purchase fabric. I have been commissioned to create capes for a trip to the local Renaissance Fair. The college teen offered my sewing skills to her friends, and now, I am making crushed-velvet capes for several. I can't really remember when a good cape wasn't in style, though. We had Halloween capes growing up. Count von Count, from Sesame Street has a really, cool cape. All the Dracula movies have capes. Heroines from the Jane Eyre movies have capes in which to pine and swoon. (Fawn Musick)
The Sunday Times discusses the latest poetry collection by Jackie Kay, Bantam:
 There are poems about war, and our memories of war, channelled through memorials and family stories. There are verses about bereavement, the Brontës, about Brexit, and some very funny lines dedicated to Nigel Farage. (Mike Wade)
The Irish Times reviews the novel Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley:
In the same way that Emily Brontë allowed the Yorkshire moors to become a character unto themselves in Wuthering Heights, Hurley’s depiction of the hills and grasslands of Lancashire takes on an anthropomorphic quality, representing a place removed from the outside world, a timeless land with its own rules and laws.
BroadwayWorld interviews David Armstrong, director of The Secret Garden, now being performed in Houston:
What was your approach for staging a brand new staging of The Secret Garden? (Alan Henry)
The design team and I were inspired by the gothic aspects of the original novel. Frances Hodgson Burnett was consciously echoing Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and other gothic stories. lists several of the Gunpowder filming locations, including:
 Fans of Wuthering Heights may recognise East Riddlesden Hall (below), a Grade I-listed National Trust-owned property in Keighley, West Yorkshire. The hall has foundations dating as far back as 973 and was used in adaptations of Wuthering Heights in both 1992 and again in 2009. The National Trust took over the deeds of the site in 1934. (Chris Laker)
Steinbach opens an article about the Mennonite Heritage Village (Manitoba, Canada) with an Anne Brontë quote from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
“A light wind swept over the corn, and all of nature laughed in the sunshine.” - Anne Brontë
La Verdad (Spain) interviews several local writers on the role of women in literature:
El Día de las Escritoras impulsado por la BNE -se festeja el primer lunes posterior al 15 de octubre, onomástica de Santa Teresa de Jesús-, piensan las autoras murcianas, reunidas por 'La Verdad', es una apuesta importante en la lucha por la visibilidad de aquellas autoras olvidadas, pero no debe ser un acto puntual, sino una constante que hay que convertir, apunta Cerezo, en «cotidianeidad». «Hemos avanzado bastante desde las hermanas Brontë, pero queda todavía mucho por hacer», cree [Dionisia] García. (Rosa Martínez) (Translation)
And Enpositivo (in Spanish) lists books written by women that should be read by men:
Jane Eyre (1847) – Charlotte Brontë
Mientras en el siglo XIX la figura de la mujer huérfana, soltera y trabajadora siempre era descrita desde la visión paternalista, Charlotte Brontë desvela otra realidad vivida directamente desde la parte femenina. Se ambienta en la Inglaterra victoriana y muestra cómo esta figura en realidad era luchadora y valiente, y no desvalida y victimista. (Aiste Bereckyte) (Translation)
From First Page to Last interviews the writer Carol Lovekin:
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Wow! Now that is a question! It’s a choice between Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird. Ideally it would be something by Virginia Woolf – who I admire beyond rubies – but goodness me, she had a thing about paragraphs (the lack thereof!) I’d go blind if all I had to read for the rest of my life was Mrs Dalloway – marvellous though it is.
The Doctor Who Companion lists several of Peter Davison's guest appearances, including his Lockwood in Wuthering Heights 1998. Guaripeteneedabook and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review the Aline McKenna & Ramón Pérez's Jane graphic novel. Littlebutfierce7 reviews the National Theatre's performances of Jane Eyre.
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An alert for today, October 14, in New York:
Book Club: A Comedy Show
Conner O'Malley, Catherine Cohen, Alexandra Song, Saurin Choksi, Blythe Roberson, Colin Stokes
Union Hall, Brooklyn NY
Sat · October 14, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Book Club is a comedy variety show where hosts Colin Stokes and Blythe Roberson (The New Yorker, The Onion), along with some of NYC's best comedians, read the books so you don't have to.
And, according to the New York Times, today's show is all about Wuthering Heights:
This regular series has all the fun parts of being in a book club without the work of actually reading a book. This week, Colin Stokes and Blythe Roberson, whose names you may recognize from their work in The Onion and The New Yorker, welcome the comedians Conner O’Malley, Catherine Cohen and Saurin Choksi to discuss the latest selection, “Wuthering Heights.” (Kasia Pilat)
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The Brontë Society of Japan annual conference 2017 will be held in Tokyo today, 14 October:
★開会の辞 9:50 元川村学園女子大学教授 田 中 淑 子

★研究発表 10:00~12:00

司会 青山学院大学教授 緒 方 孝 文
1. 「なぜヒロインは<空色>を選ぶのか」
大阪市立西高等学校教諭  音 部みはる
2. 「Branwell Brontëの2つの伝記」
日本大学准教授  兼 中 裕 美

司会 東北大学名誉教授 鈴 木 美津子
3. 「Villetteにおけるルーシー・スノウの憂鬱――19世紀的女性の身体からの解放としての病」
東京大学大学院博士課程  馬 場 理 絵
4. 「シャーロット・ブロンテの執筆スタイル:『シャーリー』を中心に」
昭和女子大学教授  金 子 弥 生

★講演 14:00~15:00 司会 元近畿大学教授 清 水伊津代
演題 「ブランウェルは第四の小説家になりえたか?――その可能性と不可能性を探る」
京都大学教授  廣 野由美子

★シンポジウム 15:10~17:20 「ブランウェルの人と芸術」
司会・発題者 大阪大谷大学教授 服 部 慶 子
発題者 神戸大学非常勤講師 宮 川 和 子
発題者 神戸親和女子大学非常勤講師 後 中 陽 子
発題者 神戸市看護大学准教授 山 内

理 惠

★閉会の辞 17:20 金沢大学名誉教授 藤 田 繁


★懇親会 18:00 ~ 20:00 於 中央大学 1 号館 1410 室 会費 5,000 円
司会 東京芸術大学准教授 侘美真理 (Translation)

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Official London Theatre asks music-related questions to part of the cast and band of Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre:
The National Theatre are currently presenting Jane Eyre in uniquely acclaimed fashion, with Sally Cookson’s popular adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece set to a wide range of musical arrangements - including a surprising cover version or two.
But what do the cast and band members themselves listen to to get into performance mode? We posed our Playlists challenge to Melanie Marshall, the superb vocalist who plays Bertha in the show, and the band behind the music: Matt, Alex and Dave (who themselves have their own band [called Branwell]).
Based on everything from first public performances to guilty pleasures, their stories, told through music as like Jane Eyre's, are fascinating. (Robin Johnson)
While My Theatre Mates highlights a quote from Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre text:
“A drone. The musicians and ensemble enter and take positions around the stage. Jane enters alone, walks along the gantry and down the ramp on to the stage. She makes the cry of a newborn baby.” – Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre
LitHub shares part of the introduction to Emily Midorikawa and Emma Sweeney's book A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf.
But while these male duos have gone down in history, the world’s most celebrated female authors are mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. The Jane Austen of popular imagination is a genteel spinster, modestly covering her manuscript with blotting paper when anyone enters the room. Charlotte Brontë is cast as one of three long-suffering sisters, scribbling away in a drafty parsonage on the edge of the windswept moors. George Eliot is remembered as an aloof intellectual who shunned conventional Victorian ladies. And Virginia Woolf haunts the collective memory as a depressive, loading her pockets with stones before stepping into the River Ouse. [...]
Like her predecessor Jane, Charlotte Brontё is rarely imagined outside her apparently narrow world—in her case, the Yorkshire village where she dwelt with her literary siblings. But we’d learn that she enjoyed a lively friendship with the pioneering feminist writer Mary Taylor, whom she had met at boarding school in 1831. From frictions during these early days, to daring adventures abroad as young women, to a shock announcement from Mary, these two weathered many storms. Their relationship paints a picture of two courageous individuals, groping to find a space for themselves in the rapidly changing Victorian world.
As in the case of Jane Austen and Anne Sharp, surviving correspondence between Charlotte and Mary is similarly limited. Frustratingly, in this case Mary was the one who destroyed almost all missives from her friend “in a fit of caution,”[i] to protect the women’s reputations. But mentions of Mary litter Charlotte’s wider communications, and that of other individuals close to this pair. And when, after the death of Charlotte, another literary friend, Elizabeth Gaskell, was working on the first biography of the famous novelist, Mary sent her pages of recollections. It was Mary’s hope that The Life of Charlotte Brontё could become a vehicle for her own anger at the social restrictions she felt had held Charlotte back throughout her life. But to the forward-thinking Mary’s dismay, Elizabeth, mindful of Victorian notions of propriety, instead portrayed Charlotte as a compliant, saintly figure who suffered her many hardships with acceptance. Stung by the experience, Mary often refused to cooperate with the requests of future biographers. This reticence allowed a more socially acceptable, but less fully-rounded image of Charlotte to emerge. Meanwhile the importance of Mary’s influence on Charlotte’s writing has been allowed to slip away—something that our exploration of their friendship has tried to address.
The Washington Post has a selection of 'Ghastly Halloween gifts for the literary witch or warlock in your life' including
Literary Witches (Seal, $20). It’s an enchanted anthology of 30 great female writers — from Anais Nin to Zora Neale Hurston. Each one is captured in a folkloric illustration by Katy Horan and then, on the facing page, illuminated with a bewitching description by Taisia Kitaiskaia.
These mini biographies — “the hexen text” — are more witchopedia than wikipedia. Kitaiskaia boils each writer down to three invocations, weaving historical facts with her own surreal visions. Emily Brontë, for instance, “Watcher of the Moors, Fantasy, and Cruel Romance,” “makes a telescope from ice and twine. Though this tunnel, she stares into her own eye until she sees a galaxy, and through the galaxy until she sees a stranger’s eye.” (Ron Charles)
The Daily Mail reviews the book on Daphne Du Maurier Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay.
As soon as Daphne could decipher the alphabet, she read voraciously, from Peter Rabbit to the Romantic poets and the novels of her paternal grandfather, artist, writer and Paris-dweller, George du Maurier. Dickens, Scott, Wilde and the Brontës followed. Then her ultimate writer’s pash — Katherine Mansfield. (Ginny Dougary)
There's a new definition of Gothic in The Globe and Mail:
Although many of Mr. Schott's pieces are classically elegant – the dining table is a glass ovoid on a pearly white base – there is another impulse at work: the gothic. Not "gothic" like Wuthering Heights or eighties teen culture, but gothic in our moment, the era of Rick Owens, Kanye West and Blade Runner 2049. Think: macho, grotesque, seductive. (Simon Lewsen)
The Los Angeles Review of Books' blog Avidly discusses 'Heathcliff's Amours' and is an article well worth reading. Writergurlny features Linton Heathcliff. Books N Me posts about Jane Eyre.
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Tomorrow, October 14 an alert from the Brussels Brontë Group:
Saturday 14 October 2017
Room P61, Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels

11.00: Talk by Professor John Sutherland:
An hour’s worth of Brontë puzzles

Entrance charge: Non-members €10, members €
Sunday, 15 October, 2017

As usual we are organising a guided walk around Brontë-related places.
It starts at 10.00 in the Place Royale area and lasts around two hours.


Instead, at the time scheduled (11.00 on Saturday 14 October – doors will open at 10.30 for coffee) Helen MacEwan  will give a light-hearted presentation on the following subject:

Villette as vignettes of Belgian life: further glimpses of 1840s Brussels in Charlotte Brontë’s last novel