Sunday, December 21, 2014

I Like the spirit of this great London

This recent anthology published by the British Library includes a contribution by Charlotte Brontë:
London: A Literary Anthology 
Publisher: British Library Publishing
October 2014
ISBN: 9780712357401
Bibliographic Details:
Hardback, 256 pages, 246 x 170mm, 30 black & white and 30 colour illustrations
Editor: Richard Fairman

'There's nowhere like London really you know', says Ginger in Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. From the innumerable books written about London or set in the city, it would seem countless other writers agree. This anthology features a wide-ranging collection of poems and scenes from novels that stretch from the 15th century to the present day. They range from Daniel Defoe hymning 'the greatest, the finest, the richest city in the world' to Rudyard Kipling declaring impatiently, 'I am sick of London town'; from William Makepeace Thackeray moving among 'the very greatest circles of the London fashion' to Charles Dickens venturing into an 'infernal gulf'. Experience London for the first time with Lord Byron's Don Juan, and James Berry in his Caribbean gear 'beginning in the city'. Plunge into the multi-racial whirlpool described in William Wordsworth's Prelude, Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album and Zadie Smith's White Teeth. See the ever-changing city through the eyes of Tobias Smollett, John Galsworthy and Angela Carter. From well-known texts to others that are less familiar, here is London brought to life through the words of many of the greatest writers in the English language. (John L. Murphy)
PopMatters gives us several more details:
Although the weather requires both rich and poor to bundle up, beneath this comparison, differences endure. Contrasts between the high and low life have long fascinated visitors. Consider Charlotte Brontë‘s protagonist from her novel, Villette: “I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and forever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?” This lure draws millions, over centuries, from all over. Amazing diversity endures, with writing spanning the work of William Blake to that of Hanif Kureishi. London’s narrow streets never seem to empty.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The last one

The Telegraph Christmas Books Quiz 2014 includes a Brontë question:

4. Which of the three Brontë sisters died last? (James Walton)
And The Australian gives  its own best-books-of-the-year list. The novelist  Kirsten Tranter chooses, among others:
I laughed hard at Mallory Ortberg’s witty Texts from Jane Eyre, in which she imagines conversations with hilariously annoying and misunderstood literary characters including J. Alfred Prufrock, Emily Dickinson and, of course, patient Jane and her all-caps lover, Mr Rochester.
And the Brontës (somehow) figure also in another summary. The Telegraph's 2014 in sports:
The Tour de France in Yorkshire attracted 2.5m spectators and proved again our willingness to support big events. As the BBC reported: “The route passed through Harrogate, Keighley, and Huddersfield before reaching Sheffield, taking in areas made famous by the Brontë sisters and TV series Last Of The Summer Wine.” Compo and Cleggy had to be in there somewhere. (Paul Hayward)
The Belfast Telegraph remembers that although in Europe it is not so well-known in the US
There's a whole subgenre of classic lit reimagined for the Facebook generation, like The Autobiography Of Jane Eyre and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, based on Pride And Prejudice, which started out on YouTube before spawning a book. (Katie Wright)
Allvoices talks about being a prop-buyer:
There’s no such thing as an average day
Maxine Carlier, who’s currently working on This Is England 90, says: “When I worked on Wuthering Heights [2011], I was asked to find a particular breed of cow – the kind that would have been kept in the Dales of North Yorkshire during the eighteenth century. So I had to visit a local farmer, take photos of his cows, and negotiate a price for the cows.” (Simon Crompton)
The Reno Gazette-Journal is not very happy with this selection of the so-called most beautiful sentences in English literature. But:
Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, and not all the examples are terrible. I like Charlotte Brontë’s “I would always rather be happy than dignified,” and there’s nothing wrong with, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” by J. K. Rowling.  (Cory Farley)
Associated Press opens an article about college applications like this:
On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her District of Columbia classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”
But they set aside Emily Brontë’s 19th-century novel one morning last month at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, instead spending precious class time on an urgent task: applying to college.
The Irish Examiner is a bit unfair with Wuthering Heights when it says:
Despite what you may you have read in Wuthering Heights, Yorkshire is a particularly beautiful part of England, and if you fancy a few days that will not only blow away the cobwebs but set you up for the advance of yet another year, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better market town than Otley, which is in the midst of unspoiled woodlands and right beside Chevin Forest Park. (Tony Clayton-Lea)
The Irish Times thinks that Charles Dickens is still English literature's most important icon:
If you had approached an audience of bibliophiles 20 years ago and asked who was the most popular 19th century English novelist you would have received the sort of “duh!” look that Californian teenagers reserve for intruding parents. The answer obviously was Charles Dickens. The Brontës were a force and Jane Austen mattered, but none of those had established the cultural beachhead occupied by Dickens since the middle years of Queen Victoria’s reign. (Donald Clarke)
Bookreporter continues interviewing listeners about their love for audiobooks:
I listened to Jane Eyre on a very long flight to Thailand some years ago, and several others on overseas flights that can run more than 15 hours. (Roz Shea)
Libreriamo (Italy) commemorates the anniversary of Emily Brontë's death quoting from her novel Wuthering Heights:
Per ricordare Emily Brontë riproponiamo alcuni tra i passi più belli e celebri di “Cime tempestose”, considerato un classico della letteratura inglese. La storia di Heathcliff, del suo amore per Catherine, e di come questa passione alla fine li distrugga entrambi: tema centrale del libro è difatti l'effetto distruttivo che il senso di gelosia e lo spirito di vendetta possono avere sugli individui. (Translation)
Juan Carlos Chirinos (Venezuela) explores Jean Genet's Les Bonnes in El Nacional:
Así como H. P. Lovecraft –y de él copié la idea– incluye Cumbres borrascosas en su ensayo sobre el horror sobrenatural en la literatura, sabiendo no obstante que se trata de una novela de amores tormentosos («aunque la historia trata principalmente acerca de las pasiones humanas en conflicto y agonía»), intuye que allí anida algo de lo que él anda buscando («el titánico escenario cósmico que enmarca la acción permite el surgimiento del horror en su forma más espiritual»); asimismo, digo, me concentraré hoy en Las criadas (1947), de Jean Genet (París, Francia, 1910-1986) porque allí anida una historia negra, o desuspense, que me ha procurado algún desvelo y chorros de placer. (Translation)
Librópatas (Spain) quotes writers who have been inspired by fairy tales:
De hecho, hay quien mete a Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, en la lista de revisiones de la clásica historia de la Bella y la Bestia (que es una de las historias que posiblemente sea más fácil seguir entre las que han influido a los escritores a lo largo del tiempo). (Raquel C. Pino) (Translation)
Mundodiario (Spain) reviews La Santa by Mado Martínez:
No solamente ese universo está condicionado por los espacios o por la estética visual de algunos momentos conmovedores, sino también por esas continuas referencias obsesivas a elementos como el nombre de Manderley, los toques de campana, la novela Cumbres borrascosas o las figuraciones de la santa compaña.  (Manuel García Pérez) (Translation)
The Phantom Reader posts about the candlelit tour of the Brontë Parsonage Museum on December 15th.

Recent Photoshoots

Recent photoshoots inspired by Jane Eyre:

Jane Eyre inspired photoshoot. 
Photographer - Aleksandra Zinevych
Model - Anastasia@Nonik Models
December 2013
or Wuthering Heights:
Land of the Dead
photographer: Kamila Tomczyk
model: Magdalena
mua/stylist: K.Tomczyk
assistant: Patrycja
January 2012

Conceptual editorial. Photographer was inspired by "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë. Photos tell the story about the Dead's land runaway.

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 'the wildest and bleakest moors of Yorkshire'

Picture source
The Telegraph and Argus looks back on the early days of the Brontës' Museum and the Brontë Society.
The Brontë Society, founded in 1893, housed its first museum on the upper floor of this prominent building at the top of Haworth Main Street, formerly the Yorkshire Penny Bank and now the Tourist Information Centre, before moving into the Parsonage in 1928.
The building at the top of Haworth Main Street where the Brontë Society housed its first museum
From 1889 there had been a privately-run Museum of Brontë Relics at Brown's Temperance Hotel and Refreshment Rooms in Main Street, an enterprise which also catered for picnic parties and sold Haworth views. Brontë tourism was getting into its stride by then, with hyperbolic touting of "the wildest and bleakest moors of Yorkshire" and a little village "consisting of a church and a few grey stone cottages", although one guide of 1899 more realistically called Haworth "an ever-expanding colony bisected by a railway".
Advertisers played on the Brontës. The Black Bull Hotel was "close to the church and Brontë Museum", the King's Arms "opposite Brontë Museum and church" and the White Lion "next door to Brontë Museum".
Notice, on the left side of the antique shop, the sign pointing towards Colne – a reminder of the narrow corners the traffic negotiated before the opening of the Main Street by-pass in 1974.
The photograph has been supplied by Mr Kevin Seaton, of Shann Lane, Keighley. (Alistair Shand)
But a letter from a reader to the same newspaper brings us back to modern-day troubles:
As a Brontë Society member, I am concerned about our president, Bonnie Greer, and her great plans for Haworth – Greer looks to celebrate anniversaries (Keighley News, December 11).  Do the residents of Haworth really want the village to “buzz all the year round” like the car park of a Californian three-ringed circus?
I would much rather receive information from the Society council as to why our executive director walked out in June.
Ms Greer must not think she can sweep this kind of thing under the carpet. I am utterly tired of waiting for direct explanations.
She must not think she can rearrange the lives of Haworth residents without any direct contact with them all. Please remember, Ms Greer, you do not live here.
William Callagham
Oxenhope
The Courier-Journal recommends the book How to be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman if you are
addicted to reading Victorian era novels or watching BBC period-drama series [and] Can’t get enough of the stories in “Victoria & Albert” “North & South,” “Jane Eyre,” “Wives and Daughters” and “Daniel Deronda” [...] In this very accessible book, historian Ruth Goodman satiates any curiosity you might have about the behind-the-scenes lives of the characters, as the book explores the daily life of a variety of classes during England’s Victorian era. Each chapter covers a range of subjects, such as personal grooming, housework, education, entertainment, meals and nearly every other aspect of life. Recommended for fans of “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist — the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England.(Elizabeth Kramer)
The Brooklyn Rail interviews Sade Murphy about her poetry book Dream Machine:
Rail: You’ve mentioned some artists and poets whose work influenced this book, but what other influences were important? How did the media and the larger world factor into the dreams as you experienced them?
Murphy: Very early on in the writing of Dream Machine I was reading a lot of Harryette Mullen’s work , I bought Recyclopedia at the recommendation of an artist I met at VSC. After I was at VSC I also visited NYC for four days and and went to the Frick and the Catholic Worker. I listened to Girl Talk nonstop. I saw the movie Tree of Life for my birthday and that prompted me to see The New World, another Malick film. I was going to mass every week. I think it was also around this time that I got into watching the cartoon Adventure Time. Toward the middle of the manuscript I saw Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and read a lot of Lara Glenum and Aase Berg. (Laura Stokes)
Rising Kashmir discusses safety for women in India:
One can link this very well to Eva Lennox Birchs’ book Black American Women’s Writing: A Quilt of Many Colours. Birch is quick to point out that black women face double marginalization, one from m (Hanan Fatima)
en and other from white women. She refers to Charlotte Brontë’s books, mostly dealing with the right of a woman to be independent and contrasts it to right of a black woman just “to live”.
The Craven Herald and Pioneer takes a walk:
There are ruined buildings, a pit that once held a water wheel, ruined mine shafts that are best avoided, shaft entrances with gates fitted to keep the public out, and the remains of stone pillars.
Up on the hillside, viewed from the track as it snakes away from the gill and climbs back towards Yarnbury, are a house which was disguised as a chapel for a film version of Wuthering Heights, a tall chimney, and a strange, concrete-looking construction dating from just after the Second World War when the spoil heaps were re-worked for a while. (Lindsey Moore)
Via the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page, we notice that Haworth (misspelled) and the Parsonage were seen on Flog It!, Todmorden Series 9 Reversions (Episode 27) on BBC One.
This edition of the antiques series comes from the impressive surroundings of Todmorden Town Hall in Yorkshire, where presenter Paul Martin is joined by experts Catherine Southon and Adam Partridge. Amongst the treasures brought in are an amazing collection of pristine Dinky toys, a superb quality Chinese jade pendant and a 1920s advertising sign rescued from a bonfire. Paul is delighted to be able to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Howarth (sic) and see some of the famous family's personal papers.
Bitch Flicks review Wuthering Heights 2011 particularly concerning race and gender issues.

Brontë Cardigan

A Brontë cardigan? We have it on Plümo:

Bronte Cardigan
Code YFK077
£249.00

Long knitted slate-grey cardigan with draped shawl collar. Deep ribbed cuffs and hem. 2 slanted side pockets. L125cm. Pure lambswool. Cool hand wash. One Size
Rhiannon Harris in The Independent talks about it:
This blue-grey lambswool beauty – romantically called the Bronte – is way too luxe to look a mere concession to comfort (£249, plumo.com, above). To make absolutely sure you're modish, keep everything sharp and simple underneath.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A 'mass of original material'

The Northern Echo features Juliet Barker and she speaks about her former job at the Brontë Parsonage and how her famous biography of the Brontës came to be.

Her first and only “proper” job after leaving Oxford, where she studied history, was as librarian and curator at The Brontë Parsonage in Haworth. “I would see writers coming in and researching for their books, but most of them them just looked at what other people had written. They ignored all that mass of original material we had there just waiting to be looked at.”
In the end, she was driven to write her own – much acclaimed – biography of the Brontës, which turned previous accounts pretty much on their head. “We’ve all bought Mrs Gaskell’s version of this isolated family living miles from nowhere, but Haworth is just four miles from Keighley. By the time the Brontës were there, it was a busy industrial area with 15 mills.”
As part of her decade of research Juliet spent read two years reading local newspapers of the time. “Addled my brain, but gave me so much information about the Brontës in the community that no one had ever bothered with before,” she says.
The Brontës ended up as a stonking great book, winning awards and establishing her as a writer who really knew her stuff. Despite its scholarship, it’s wonderfully readable.
“I hate it when academics just seem to write in their own language for each other and ignore everyone else,” says this Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature fiercely, over a cappuccino in the Little Chocolate Shop in Leyburn. “I want my books to be for anyone who’s interested.”
So she writes and rewrites them to get the tone just right, “treading that fine line between not making assumptions about how much people know, but not talking down to them either”. [...[
She has, she says, no great plans for another book ticking away at the back of her brain. “But there are a lot of anniversaries coming up in the next few years… Agincourt, various Brontës…”
You can be sure she’s not going to be sitting idly, resting on her laurels. She’s much too Yorkshire for that. (Sharon Griffiths)
PQ Monthly has an article on Céline Dion:
For a glimpse of the career she might have had, had she and her managers desired to position as more of a daring, envelope-pushing artist, one can turn to “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” in which she collaborated with Meatloaf producer Jim Steinman. Inspired by “Wuthering Heights,” Steinman described this as his attempt to write “the most passionate, romantic song” he could. (Leela Ginelle)
Culturamas (Spain) mentions that Le Fanu's tale A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family may have influenced Jane Eyre.

Brontë Christmas Decorations

Bronte inspired range — at Keelham Farm Shop.
Brontë Christmas Decorations from Keelham Farm Shop:
Brontë sisters (Haworth)

Keelham Farm Shop shares the same rugged moorland landscape as the Brontë sisters who provided the inspiration for some of British literature’s greatest heroines. A sterling selection of silvery candlestick holders adds a dramatic touch to soft lighting for this warm and rich range of decorations which include Victorian top hats, lush burgundy hearts and vintage cameo tree ornaments.
Finally, fill your house with the aroma of Christmas – you’ll find our pick and mix pot pourri in the Flower Barn so you can create your own gorgeous Christmas scent.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Emily Brontë on current events

Big Think picks a quote from Wuthering Heights as 'words of wisdom'.

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was an English novelist and poet whose only novel, Wuthering Heights, is concerned a classic in the British literary canon. Together with sisters Charlotte and Anne, the Brontës are considered one of the great families of literary tradition, though one of the major reasons for their fame is that none of the six Brontë siblings lived to see 40. This tragedy is likely attributable to unsanitary water sources near the family home.
The following quote, spoken by the character Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights, is one that is so steeped in moral universalism that it transcends time. It's certainly resonant in the wake of current events: from terrorist violence in the Middle East and abroad to the U.S. Senate torture report released this month.
"Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends — they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies."
-from Wuthering Heights, the character Isabella Linton (Ch. XVII).
Writer Jennifer Dawson picks Jane Eyre as one of her three favourite books on USA Today's Happy Ever After.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Honestly, it was a tossup between this and Pride and Prejudice, but I'm going through a bit of a dark, Gothic phase so settled on Jane Eyre. Hands down one of my favorite books. How can you not love a brooding Mr. Rochester? I still remember the first time I read it in school. I was reluctant, but it sucked me right in as soon as I started reading and I stayed up half the night because I couldn't put it down.
More fans of Jane Eyre to be found on The Pitch.
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was perhaps English literature's first feminist, an independent woman guided by heart and instinct rather than by society's expectations. The four young women in Miry Wild have taken their band's name from a phrase in Brontë's 1847 landmark — a reference I keep in mind when I drop in on their weekly practice at keyboardist and guitarist Holly Grimwood's Raytown home. (Natalie Gallagher)
The Herald (Scotland) discusses endings after watching the 'disappointing finale of The Missing'. SPOILERS alert.
I assume then we just make up our own minds about Tony's sanity, but that's rather a cop-out. Great works of literature can have uncertain endings, like Charlotte Bronte's agonising Villette, but this isn't great art and so it should have done its job and concluded properly. To do otherwise is just frustrating, especially after making us wait throughout eight long episodes. (Julie McDowall)
The Independent mentions the editorial influences of writers.
Mary Shelley tested Frankenstein out on Lord Byron. The Brontë sisters constantly read their work to one other. Jeffrey Archer's prose was unintelligible until Mary weaved her "fragrant" magic, allegedly. (Saul Wordsworth)
The Sydney Morning Herald finds out what two people with the same name have in common.
They enjoy the same preppy dress style (Yongxin in a polo shirt, Ruichen in boat shoes) and the same favourite quote from Wuthering Heights ("I am Heathcliff!"). (Konrad Marshall)

Bit Players in Wuthering Heights

This article in The Boylston Banner about the publication of the third installment of the Bit Players Series by S.M. Stevens has brought to our attention that the second had a very Brontë setting:

Bit Players, Bullies and Righteous Rebelsby S. M. Stevens
ISBN-13: 978-1481015103
December 7, 2012

Sadie Perkins just wants the Crudup High drama club's spring musical to go smoothly, but the original production of "Wuthering Heights: A Modern Tragedy" is threatened when an anonymous texter starts bullying Sadie's gay friend Foster, the lead in the play. And Sadie's boyfriend Alex is suddenly acting homophobic, making Sadie wonder if she really knows him at all. On top of that, she has to add a controversial, secret song-and-dance number to the show behind the director's back, to impress the professor from the Yale School of Drama. Find out how it all ends up in this sequel to "Bit Players, Has-Been Actors and Other Posers". Bit Players is one of the only Young Adult series set in the theatre world. More theatre resources are available at www.BitPlayers.me and the Bit Players Pinterest page.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Those horrible things!

Winston View on what to give book lovers for Christmas:

For the book lover, there are pretty hard cover editions of classic novels like Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights.  These books are budget friendly, coming in at under $20. It doesn’t matter if she already has a copy; these beautiful hard covers will quickly replace the old paperback she has on the shelf. She’ll be so happy you took her love of a classic novel to the next level by giving her the ability to read a hard cover edition, the way these books were meant to be read. (Scott Heggen)
While film lovers may enjoy this compilation by IndieWire's The Playlist: The 20 Best Movie Posters Of 2014.
16. “Winter Sleep
Divisive as Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s epic Palme d’Or winner is around these parts, it is at times certainly very beautiful. This one-sheet, a clever mix of Drew Struzan and what looks like rotoscoping, encapsulates that harsh beauty, but also gets at the bookish tone of the film, and the fraught relationship between the central husband and wife, with the snowy wind whipping their hair about as the man hides his face in... shame? Defeat? Exhaustion? The generous wide vista puts the Cathy-and-Heathcliff vibe into context though, something that, arguably, the film, with its tendency for tighter, more claustrophobic interior shots, could use more of.
More Wuthering Heights inspiration behind films as 411 Mania lists the top 8 'high fantasy films':
#5: Labyrinth (1986)
Labyrinth is one of those films that does start in the real world, but it quickly transitions to the realm of high fantasy. Jim Henson directed this film and while its failure to become a financial success effectively ended his career behind the camera, it is one that he can be proud of on a creative level. Jennifer Connelly fulfills the “hero on a quest” role as Sarah, a girl who must rescue her baby brother from David Bowie’s goblin king Jareth before he’s claimed forever. Henson relied on his puppetry pedigree to make this one work, combining darker elements with very kind-friendly stuff to make an odd sort of film that appeals to many different types of people. Bowie does fine work as the evil Jareth and designer Brian Froud did amazing work, using literary sources such as Wuthering Heights as an inspiration for his visuals. It has become recognized as one of the greats of that era, and rightly so. (Jeremy Thomas)
The Los Angeles Times recalls Wanda Coleman's early experiences of public libraries:
In her 2005 book “The Riot Inside Me,” Coleman recalls her early visits to the library, although even there, she writes, she was required to work the system: “At that time,” she tells us, “books were segregated — you had boys’ literature and girls’ literature. When I went to the library (Ascot and Downtown branches), I could read ‘Cheryl Crane, Nurse,” books by the Brontë sisters, and Nancy Drew mysteries — yes, those horrible things! But I wasn’t allowed to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or H.P. Lovecraft — the boy’s books.”
Her solution? “I would have my father go to the library with me. I would pick out what I wanted and he would check the books out. … Then I could read to my heart’s content!” (David L. Ulin)
Petoskey News has an article on flowering plants and quotes from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
Personally, I have had a special affinity for the white hellebore or ‘Christmas rose’. In Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, her intrepid hero leaps out the window for his love to pluck a handful of the flowers blooming in the snow. Based on the novel’s description, however, I still had no idea what I was seeing when I first spotted a wooded English hillside covered with hellebores in full bloom. (Mary Agria)
The Starving Artist reviews Wide Sargasso Sea.

Wuthering Heights on Stories

Today, December 16, opens in Bologna a new photographic exhibition with a Brontë connection:

Paolo Gotti
presenta
S T O R I E S
un viaggio tra fotografia e letteratura

16 dicembre 2014 - 19 febbraio 2015
inaugurazione 16 dicembre ore 18,30

Foyer Teatro Duse, Bologna
Il 16 dicembre 2014 alle ore 18,30 nel foyer del Teatro Duse di Bologna inaugura la mostra STORIES. Un viaggio tra fotografia e letteratura del fotografo Paolo Gotti. La mostra prende ispirazione dalle trame avvincenti di alcuni tra i più celebri romanzi di tutti i tempi a livello internazionale.
Il libro mette in scena la complessità del mondo, ne è la sua fotografia. Ma se il libro è il riflesso della realtà, è altrettanto vero che la realtà trova spesso ispirazione nei libri.
Con la serie fotografica STORIES il fotografo bolognese Paolo Gotti conduce un’indagine diametralmente opposta rispetto a quella dell’editore alla ricerca della copertina di un libro. Gotti è partito, infatti, dalle immagini fotografiche che ha scattato personalmente nei suoi innumerevoli viaggi intorno al mondo per ritrovare poi le trame a cui potrebbero essere idealmente collegate. Ad ogni immagine è associata una citazione tratta, di volta in volta, da libri diversissimi tra di loro: grandi classici e romanzi contemporanei, raccolte di racconti o narrazioni storiche.
Ed ecco dunque che si susseguono una dopo l’altra le interpretazioni visive di Robinson Crusoe (1719) di Daniel Defoe, Cime tempestose (1847) di Emily Brontë, Anna Karenina (1877) di Lev Tolstoj, L’isola del tesoro (1883) di Robert Louis Stevenson, Racconti dei mari del sud (1921) di William Somerset Maugham, Sulla strada (1957) di Jack Keruac
Cent’anni di solitudine (1967) di Gabriel García Márquez, Il nome della rosa (1980) di Umberto Eco, La polvere del Messico (1992) di Pino Cacucci, Oceano Mare (1993) di Alessandro Baricco, Vergogna (1999) di J. M. Coetzee, per finire con La strada (2006) di Cormac Mc Carthy.
“Non avrei potuto scegliermi un altro posto più lontano dal frastuono della società.
E’ il paradiso del perfetto misantropo: e il signor Heathcliff ed io siamo fatti apposta per dividerci tanta solitudine… „
EMILY BRONTË da Cime tempestose (1847)
13 immagini per 12 romanzi di autori differenti che Paolo Gotti ha amato, che in qualche modo hanno scandito la sua storia personale, così come i suoi viaggi e le sue fotografie, che il fotografo compie ormai da quarant’anni attraverso tutto il pianeta.
Il monumentale repertorio fotografico di Gotti conta infatti oltre 10.000 fotografie scattate in oltre 70 paesi nei cinque continenti.
L’unico romanzo che è citato in due immagini differenti è Cent’anni di solitudine di Gabriel García Márquez, in omaggio alla recente scomparsa del grande scrittore.
Oltre ai pannelli fotografici di grandi e medie dimensioni, verrà presentato il calendario tematico 2015 dal titolo STORIES. Un viaggio tra fotografia e letteratura. (Translation)

Monday, December 15, 2014

'I want to read Jane Eyre to my sons and teach my daughters car maintenance'

Perth Now publishes an extract from Genevieve Gannon’s new book, Husband Hunters.

‘Marriage seems like a sham sometimes,’ said Clementine sadly. ‘I’d never made it a priority before, but I’m starting to realise I do want—’
‘Love?’ Annabel asked.
‘A family?’ said Daniela at the same time.
‘Well, all the trappings,’ said Clementine. ‘I’ve seen enough failed marriages to know I shouldn’t rely on a big white wedding to make me happy forever. But I do want children. I want to read the Brontë and Mitford sisters to my daughters, and I want to show my sons how to change a tyre. Come to that, I want to read Jane Eyre to my sons and teach my daughters car maintenance.’
Alison May has re-read Wuthering Heights. The Book Trail traces a literary route from Wide Sargasso Sea until Jane Stubbs's Thornfield Hall passing by, obviously, Jane Eyre.

And--erm--that's it for today.

Inky Brontësaurus

Via this tweet by Emma Butcher we have discovered this illustration by Niroot Puttapipat as posted last summer on his blog:


Brontësaurus‏. Sepia ink and gouache on Strathmore grey toned paper, 151 x 147mm.
My literary and palaeo friends and audiences so rarely converge (which is a great pity), but I’m jolly well going to try.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Make it buzz all year round

The Brontë Society president, Bonnie Greer is trying to implement her recently expressed wishes to increase the collaboration of the Society and local organisations and business. In Keighley News:
Brontë Society president Bonnie Greer has pledged to work with Haworth organisations and local politicians on future projects.
She this week told the Keighley News that such partnerships would help make the most of three upcoming Brontë bicentenaries. (...)
Ms Greer, a playwright and novelist, said she and her Advisory Group hoped to team up with whoever wanted to work with them on the “exciting” events.
She said this was an expression of her support for the Brontë Society Council, museum staff and leadership team.
She added “This is also an expression of support for those who are looking towards the future - and not back at the past - as we build towards a key cultural event.”
Ms Greer made her comments following a turbulent few months for the Brontë Society as its members clashed over the direction of the 120-year-old organisation.
Some critics demanded the society work more closely with the Haworth community.
Ms Greer subsequently set up her advisory group with expert members including a BBC Radio director, and said she hoped to add a handful of local residents and.
She said she wanted to boost visitor numbers to Haworth and “make it buzz all year round”.
John Huxley, chairman of Haworth, Stanbury and Cross Roads Parish Council, welcomed the chance to work with the Brontë Society and Ms Greer for the good of the village.
But he pointed out that in recent years the Brontës had been joined by other major attractions in the village, such as the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Haworth Festival and the 1940s weekend.
He said: “Everything needs to be integrated. A vibrant Brontë Society working in conjunction with other event organisers in the community would obviously be an asset.” (David Knights)
The wonders of a box set in Los Angeles Times:
The best box sets are their own worlds, aural encapsulations so fully imagined that five or six hours becomes something to get lost in, like a Brontë sisters bender or a Martin Scorsese weekend. (Randall Roberts)
Kitap Gurmesi interviews the writer Kimberly Freeman:
There are boks that everyone's life is affected. Do you have books to read you didn't give up on you ?And this book have helped your novel ?
I have read a lot of books and all of them have affected me and my writing in different ways. One very important book for me has been Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It has a great central female character.
onceudigital (Spain) reviews Wuthering Heights; Les Soeurs Brontë posts a particularly sad moment of Jane Eyre: Christmas in Gateshead. EDIT: Yesterday, December 13, France 3 TV (France) broadcast an episode of Un livre, toujours devoted to Wuthering Heights .

Bonnet

The new book by Carys Davis contains a Brontë-related short story which was previously published in the Red Room collection published in 2013:
The Redemption of Galen Pike
Carys Davies
Publication Date: 15-Oct-14
ISBN: 9781907773716
Salt Publishing

In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned murderer in a Colorado jail. A tourist, mistaken for a god, finds his position questioned by the beautiful maid sent to look after him. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father’s enemy.

The seventeen stories in The Redemption of Galen Pike are about how little we ever know of other people and the unpredictable bonds that spring up between us when our worlds collide. 
The Yorkshire Post gives a few more details:
Each story is a perfectly distilled, intense slice of life and includes the exquisite Bonnet which features Charlotte Brontë who makes an ill-fated journey to London to meet her handsome young publisher George Smith.
He does not reciprocate her romantic feelings and Davies describes their awkward encounter with such delicacy, empathy and economy that the reader is almost able to feel Charlotte’s acute embarrassment as their own.
“That is one of my favourites in the collection,” says Davies. “I have always loved the Brontës and I was re-reading their letters when I just had an image of Charlotte getting on a train in Leeds and going to London; this small Northern woman going off into this strange far away place. I didn’t know why she was going at that point or who she was going to see. Then I just started writing. It is really how I write my stories – I don’t know what the story is going to be and they generally end up a very long way from where they started. Perhaps I was particularly intrigued by the relationship with George Smith because in short stories it’s about what’s not on the page. The story came out of those spaces and silences.” (Yvette Huddleston)