Friday, July 29, 2016

A Terrific Story

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New Statesman is a bit too hard on Brontë radio adaptations:
Now is the season of repeats and stand-in presenters. Nobody minds. August radio ought to be like a corkboard – things seemingly long pinned and faded (an Angela Lansbury doc on Radio 2; an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor on Radio 4 Extra) and then the occasional bright fragment. Like Martha Argerich playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1 at the Albert Hall (Prom 43, 17 August). (Antonia Quirke)
Well, we mind a bit. This is, in fact, the Rachel Joyce 2005 adaptation of The Professor with Paul Venables and Jonathan Keeble.

The Weekly Standard clearly loved Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë biography:
Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë: A Life is excellent. Not only does it contain new facts and impeccable scholarship, it remembers "what many biographies forget: that this is a terrific story. Brimming with indomitable personalities, trials and ordeals, passions and disappointments, it has all the elements of a traditional romance. At the same time, its protagonist, a restless, dissatisfied heroine struggling to make and remake the world in her quest for growth and recognition, is the quintessential modern subject: the subject of the modern novel." (Micah Mattix)
Stylist lists several new retellings of classic books:

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesy (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)
Margot Livesy cleverly weaves Jane Eyre – her favourite book as a girl – into a semi-autobiographical tale. Livesy herself was orphaned as a child in the 1950s and sent from her native Iceland to Scotland, which is where her retelling of Jane Eyre begins. Whether the infamous plot twist that concludes Charlotte Brontë’s original novel remains is for her to know and us to find out. (Victoria Gray)
Doncaster Free Press talks about the local Cast theatre season:
Mathew praised the work done to create audiences for the new venue, which recently had a sell-out world premiere of Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre.
He said: “Forty-nine per cent of the audience for Jane Eyre had never been to Cast before and there are lots and lots of communities we’re still trying to tap into – lots of people who live in the borough and surrounding areas.”
It's National Parks Week and Derbyshire Times reminds us that Peak District
has also been the setting for many film and TV productions, including The Duchess, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and The Other Boleyn Girl. (Keith Spooner)
Another bookworm life posts about Jane Eyre.
An alert for today July 29th at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Parsonage Unwrapped: 'Stronger than a man, simpler than a child'
Friday, July 29, 2016 7:30 PM

Charlotte used these words to describe her sister after her death but how well does this fit with our idea of Emily? In one of our series of Parsonage Unwrapped events, we look at the most enigmatic of the Brontë sisters and her relationship with her elder sibling.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Entertainment Focus talks about the recent Kevin Spacey Award for the new rock musical Wasted:
The rock-musical tells the story of Yorkshire’s Brontë siblings; Anne, Charlotte, Emily and brother Branwell, with songs inspired by the sisters. The show is set to be staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse in October, as part of the Brontë season marking the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth.
Director Adam Lenson adds: “This is a career defining opportunity for me to be able to direct a major workshop of a stunning new British musical and to get to work closely with the writers up until and beyond
that workshop. I am so grateful for this first show of support for a project that I wholeheartedly believe will go the distance and can help redefine what the British musical can be.” (Samuel Payne)
Nerdist presents the trailer of the upcoming Shipwrecked Comedy video, Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party:
Talk about feeling like you missed out on the party of a lifetime! Thanks to the fine folks at Shipwrecked Comedy, and a whole bunch of backers through Kickstarter, Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party will be coming to YouTube this August. Take a moment and check out the exclusive trailer for t
his literary whodunit above.
As we reported in February, the new show is an offshoot of Shipwrecked’s A Tell Tale Vlog and follows the tale of Edgar Allen Poe (Sean Persaud) and Lenore (Sinead Persaud) as they throw a dinner party for the literary ages. In attendance, all your favorite classic authors from Ernest Hemingway (Joey Richter) to Charlotte Brontë (Ashley Clements) and H.G. Wells (Blake Silver), and that’s just three from the guest list! (Rachel Berkey)
Entertainment Weekly and BuddyTV discuss the latest episode of American Gothic (S01E06):
Madeline is quick to refute any suspicions of Mitch, and Alison makes the very valid point that Mitch’s “favorite book was Wuthering Heights,” making him an innocent man if there ever was one. (Christina Ciammaichelli)
Alison, meanwhile, goes to read her dad's favorite book Wuthering Heights. Instead, though, she finds some pictures and papers inside. (Robin Lempel)
Keighley News informs that Sally Wainwright has received an honorary award honoured by the University of Huddersfield:
The writer of the BBC’s upcoming Brontë movie To Walk Invisible has been honoured by the University of Huddersfield.
Sally Wainwright, who sets many of her TV dramas in West Yorkshire, received honorary awards during the university’s graduation ceremony this month. (David Knights)
The Yorkshire Evening Post presents the new season of the West Yorkshire Playhouse:
The Brontë Season is being presented in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum and it opens with an interesting take on Villette. Linda Marshall-Griffiths has reimagined Charlotte’s ground-breaking novel but stayed very true to the spirit, setting the story in a strange future.
Brilliant Yorkshire writer Emma Adams has created an immersive audio drama called Tiny Shoes which will be presented as part of the season and there will be an exclusive work-in-progress sharing of Wasted, a musical that tells the story of Anne, Branwell, Charlotte and Emily who are “nobodies from nowhere with something to say”.
At the season launch there was a preview of some of the music that will be performed at the work-in-progress in October and it is fair to say the Brontës are not being treated with an overly respectful reverence – only a good thing. There will also be a series of panel events and discussions presented as part of the season.
Black Mountain News interviews the writer Jill Jones, author in 1995 of Emily's Secret:
 “You have to start with a question,” she said. “The one I came up with was, 'show me the person that could influence my writing.' Presently, I saw myself on a high hill. There was a man with his back to me and a woman with a white dress blowing in the wind. I felt a  sadness and emotional turmoil because I knew this couple weren’t supposed to be together. Then the screen in my mind went blank. Then the words 'Emily Brontë.' Then the word 'poetry.' And it all dissolved.”
Knowing little about Emily Brontë (she hadn’t even read "Wuthering Heights"), she set out to do research, reading stacks of books on the Brontës. Soon she was engrossed in her first award-winning novel, "Emily’s Secret,"  based on an imagined, undiscovered diary centering on the last two years of Emily Brontë’s life, 1847-1848.
“What I did,” Jones said, “was devise a timeline of what Emily actually did during those two years when she wrote her book. I said to myself, ‘What if? How did an Anglican spinster who never had a boyfriend come up with the classic dark hero Heathcliff?’  And that became Emily’s secret.”
Believing her novels should be firmly grounded in a sense of place, Jones went to Haworth in the north of England and took in the entire ambiance of Bronte’s world. (Shelly Frome)
The Spectator complains about the absence of imagination in British period drama:
Classy costume drama — invariably based, for extra classiness, on classy fiction of the sort you might find in Penguin Classics — is one of our major exports. But in the range of its source material they consider, its makers are as blinkered as the inevitable horse that draws Mr Darcy’s inevitable carriage in the inevitable tracking shot round Pemberley.
You’ll get Dickens, Tolstoy, Jane Austen and — so garlanded by now in TV adaptation terms that she joins their ranks — Hilary Mantel. You might get the odd better-known Brontë, if you’re lucky, and Hardy always goes down well. (Sam Leith)
FSU News reveals some plans (or hopes) of the Jane & Co theatre company:
They hope to continue a partnership with Monticello Opera House, a location they find great for the stories they want to tell. They listed off potential future productions, from Oscar Wilde to Jane Eyre, all of which would fit great in their repertoire. (Trevor Durham)
TeamRock lists the sexiest prog songs, including Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights:
Where do yo start? Penned when she was a mere 18-years old having devoured Emily Brontë's novel of the same name, this was the song that introduced the world to Kate Bush. It's the sound of a thousand teenage boy's jaws hitting the floor in bedrooms around the world, and the beginning of a million unrequited love affairs, especially when they saw her perform it on video, replete with the similar soft focus lighting they were used to on those videos they used to borrow from the bottom of dad's wardrobe. Or was that just me? (Jerry Ewing)
Montrose Press loved BabyLit's Jane Eyre counting book:
To my extreme delight, I also found a “BabyLit” version of “Jane Eyre” in the board books collection. It's by Jennifer Adams (E Ada), and it's an adorable counting book (1 governess! 4 towers! 9 pearls!) I wanted to read it every night. (Sara Rinne)
David Holsted in the Harrison Daily:
Whatever the reason, I’ve kind of gotten into reading books just for the stories. The good-old-days syndrome kicked in, and I thought to myself, “Self, those hours in English class discussing “A Tale of Two Cities” and “The Scarlet Letter” weren’t so bad. Though it might ruin my reputation as a dude, in the words of the geek in “Sixteen Candles,” I have to admit that “Jane Eyre” wasn’t so bad.
Il Sole (and here) (Italy) visits Haworth and Brontë country:
Abbazie in rovina che ospitano letture serali di Shakespeare e antichi treni a vapore che attraversano colline punteggiate da paesini con cottage in pietra. E poi visita a Haworth nella casa dove vissero le sorelle Brontë, circondata dalla brughiera. Viaggio nella campagna inglese
Nello Yorkshire, sulle orme delle Brontë
Nella chiesa di St Michael and All Angels di Haworth qualcuno ha lasciato fiori e lettere accanto alla lastra in memoria di Emily e Charlotte Brontë, le sorelle autrici di "Cime tempestose" e "Jane Eyre", romanzi fondamentali della letteratura mondiale.
Haworth, villaggio di seimila anime circondato dalla brughiera dello Yorkshire, vive sul mito della famiglia Brontë. È qui che, nella prima metà dell'Ottocento, scrissero le loro opere e vissero Emily, Charlotte e Anne con il fratello Branwell, poeta e ritrattista con problemi di alcol e droghe, e il padre, il reverendo Patrick, di origine irlandese. (Arianna Garavaglia) (Translation)
RFI (France) mentions the recent publication of Stéphane Labbe's Les Soeurs Brontë à 20 ans:
Cette année marque les 200 ans de la naissance de Charlotte Brontë. A cette occasion, Stéphane Labbe, professeur de lettres, passionné de littérature anglaise, publie dans la collection « A 20 ans », des éditions Au Diable Vauvert, un ouvrage intitulé Les sœurs Brontë, au nom du père, du frère et de l’esprit. Un ouvrage complet qui retrace le destin de la famille Brontë. (Jean-François Cadet) (Translation)
Bento (in German) discusses online melancholy:
Das Motiv des melancholischen Mädchens ist alt und wird auf neu poliert: Schon in Romeo und Julia schafft Shakespeare eine morbide Romantik, die auch heute noch fasziniert. Jane Eyre ist die verzweifelte Heldin schlechthin, die kleine Meerjungfrau stirbt an ihrer unglücklichen Liebe. Besonders ist jetzt nur die Unmittelbarkeit der Bilder, Sätze und Videos, die uns im Netz direkt erreichen. (Nora Noll) (Translation)
Chronique Republicaine (France) recommends Jolien Janzing's De Meester. One of the participants in Channel 4’s Child Genius is a Brontëite, according to the Daily Mail. Linnet Moss explores Jane Eyre on Page and Screen through her Costumes and Hair. Poetrature reviews Jane Eyre.The Brussels Brontë Blog posts about Villette and The Professor translations in Greek, Eslovenian, Albanian and Macedonian.
A couple of alerts for today, July 28th:

At the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington, CT:
Brown Bag It with a Book and Film Discussion
Jane Eyre
Thursday, July 28, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of the film and novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The film adaptation of the novel will be shown on Thursday, July 7, 1:00 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (Via Hartford Courant)
In Newtown, CT:
The Newton Cultural Arts Comission presents the 2016 Sunday Cinema Series at the Edmond Town Hall:
4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - Thursday, July 28
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Sponsored by The Galda Family
More information on The Newtown Bee, Newtown Patch, Bethel's Hamlethub.

In Bozeman, MT:
Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room & Peets Hill
Summer Adult Program: Walking Book Discussion
Join us to discuss Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë while we walk on Peets Hill, Bozeman's version of the moors.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You know, Yorkshire Day is coming and the Whitby Gazette lists some a possible top ten of Yorkshire icons, including:
The Brontë Sisters
You can probably the name the famous trio without even thinking about it. The names of Anne, Emily and Charlotte Brontë are synonymous with English literature and of course, they gave the world some true literary masterpieces which stand the test of time and are enjoyed throughout the world to this day.
Associated with the village of Haworth, the sisters, Charlotte (1816–1855), Emily (1818–1848), and Anne (1820–1849) were all skilled novelists and poets with Charlotte's Jane Eyre the first to taste success, while Emily's Wuthering Heights and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were later masterpieces.
Their home, the parsonage at Haworth, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where they lived with their brother Branwell, has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. (Darren Burke)
BT has an article on different literary anniversaries:
Visiting Charlotte Bronte's Haworth in Yorkshire
Strolling along Haworth's main street, I stop every few metres for a photograph of the quaint stone shopfronts and postcard-worthy views over the Yorkshire moors. I find it hard to imagine the village was once a crowded industrial town and a cesspool of death and disease during the early 19th century period, when English literature's great Brontë sisters lived here. At that time, the average age of death was 24.
The girls' father, Patrick, played a pivotal role in helping clean up the village's water supply, the main cause of high infant mortality rates, disease and other deaths. But his own children failed to benefit, as they passed away before he was buried in 1861.
His valiant efforts are documented at the Brontë Parsonage, the Bronte's former family home which is now a museum. I visit to find out more about the tragedy-tinged lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their brother Branwell.
The Parsonage illustrates a picture of three women who resisted social convention and expectation to realise their unbridled ambitions. It is 200 years since Charlotte was born, and a special exhibition curated by author Tracy Chevalier aims to further explore that contrast between her constrained life and furious determination.
Some of Charlotte's books and toys are on display, along with examples of her writing and coded letters which scholars believe were attempts by the sisters to disguise their - often outrageous for the times - work. (...)
Top Withens in the nearby moors is believed to have inspired Wuthering Heights, although Emily's descriptions are of a much larger farmhouse than the small stone ruins that remain today.
The walk up there is as enjoyable and atmospheric as it would have been in the mid-1800s, though. Many people congregate around Brontë Falls, a mile from Haworth, where the sisters would picnic during the summer months.
Although sadness and difficulty ultimately helped shape the Brontë's timeless novels, I take solace in the fact they were able to enjoy some happy times in their lives. (Nicholas McAvaney)
Latin Times quotes The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in the Aunt and Uncle's Day:
“It is not money my aunt thinks about. She knows better than to value worldly wealth above its price.” – Anne Brontë. (María G. Valdez)
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner talks about the family history website
The youngest member of the Brontë literary family, Anne Brontë, can be found in the burial registers for St Mary’s parish church in Scarborough. While the rest of her siblings were buried in the family vault in Howarth (sic) on the Yorkshire moors, Anne chose to “lay the flower where it had fallen” and was laid to rest in St Mary’s churchyard, beneath the castle walls, overlooking the bay. (Andrew Hirst)
This is how Jane Eyre could look if written in 2016 according to Stuff (New Zealand):
Mr Rochester reveals to Jane that he is actually in a polyamorous relationship with Mr Mason's sister, Bertha. Mr Rochester then asks Jane if she'd like to accompany him, along with Bertha, to the Renaissance Faire. (Clem Bastow)
klru highlights the Crash Course Literature 2014 video on Jane Eyre:
Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207
The 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, may just be the the first coming of age novel that coins the term ‘stared from the bottom now we’re here.’ Sorry Drake. In this episode of Crash Course Literature, you’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions. (Elisa)
Bookriot recommends Jane Steele:
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – Jane Steele’s life may at first have similarities to Jane Eyre’s but only one is a serial killer… (Jaime Canaves)
This novel is also recommended on the School Library Journal:
Lyndsay Faye’s Jane Steele and Catherine Lowell’s The Madwoman Upstairs both take cues from Brontë’s most famous work, Jane Eyre, reworking it in new and imaginative ways. Faye chooses the more straightforward path of adapting the story of a young governess who falls for her socially superior employer. Faye ups the ante considerably by bringing murder into the mix: her Jane has a criminal past and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Still, this remains primarily a fun update of a classic. Lowell, on the other hand, starts with the real world of Brontë, making her protagonist, Samantha Whipple, a descendant of the great novelist. The novel is set in the present day and concerns Whipple’s conflicted relationship with her famed ancestor, as well as with her more recent relatives, such as her recently deceased father. But Lowell still manages to imbue her novel with the same elements of mystery and gothic romance as her model and should have teens aching to read or reread Jane Eyre. (Mark Flowers)
La Croix (France) has an article on Emily Brontë:
Démiurges et « génies » comme ils se baptisent, les quatre orphelins donnent la mort ou la vie à leur gré dans leurs royaumes imaginaires. Emily et Anne créent leur propre monde, Gondal, dont elles écrivent la chronique.
L’attachement d’Emily à cet univers de fiction rend compliquée sa confrontation avec le réel, le monde derrière les murs du presbytère. De tous, c’est elle qui vivra le plus mal ses séjours au loin.
Éblouie par les poèmes d’Emily, Charlotte la convainc – difficilement car elle n’a aucun souci de notoriété – de les rendre publics. Sous des pseudonymes masculins (Currer, Ellis et Acton Bell, ne conservant que les initiales de leurs prénoms), ils sont publiés à compte d’auteur avec ceux d’Anne et de Charlotte, mais connaissent une diffusion confidentielle.
La déterminée Charlotte décide de poursuivre avec des romans, et adresse à des éditeurs Jane Eyre qu’elle a écrit, Agnes Grey d’Anne et Les Hauts de Hurlevent d’Emily – les deux derniers sont publiés dans une édition pleine de coquilles qui décevra beaucoup ses auteurs.
Tout entier situé dans les montagnes des Yorkshire qu’elle n’a quittées que rarement et à regret, le texte d’Emily court sur quarante ans et plusieurs générations ; roman âpre où l’amour passionné, la vengeance et la mort ont la part belle, il décrit avec acuité les personnalités des héros, à commencer par les terribles Heathcliff et Catherine Earnshaw.
Le succès éclatant et immédiat de Jane Eyre a souvent fait oublier celui plus modeste à sa parution mais réel des Hauts de Hurlevent.
Face à l’absence d’un point de vue moral ou moralisateur, la critique est embarrassée, tel ce chroniqueur américain qui évoque « un récit qui nous prend dans une étreinte de fer et nous oblige à lire son histoire de passions et de maux, que nous le voulions ou non. Fascinés par son étrange sortilège, nous lisons ce que nous détestons. » (Corinne Renou-Nativel) (Translation)
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany) talks about Poldark, the original novels and the recent BBC adaptation:
Damals veröffentlichte William (sic) Graham den ersten von zwölf Romanen um den Veteranen Poldark, der vormacht, dass es nach dem Krieg weitergeht. In seinem Charakter vereint er das Beste männlicher Heroen, wie sie Jane Austen und die Brontë-Schwestern ersonnen haben: von Mr. Darcy über Heathcliff bis Mr. Rochester. (Ursula Scheer) (Translation)
Just Being Brooklyn reviews Wuthering Heights.
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The Japan Brontë Society informs of the publication of an article (or more than one, we are not really sure) in the Mr Partner Magazine (Issue 8, August 2016). Apparently it contains an article about Haworth and the Brontës, and an interview with the Japan Brontë Society president, Yoshiaki Shirai.
Also, a Brontë Public Lecture Day was held last month ( June 5 ) at the Yokohama City Kanazawa Hakkei campus. The programme was the following (with the help of Google translation and our imagination):
Opening remarks by Ebine Hiroshi, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo,
Greetings of Yoshiaki Shirai, President of the Japan Brontë Society

Charlotte Brontë and the extraordinary by Tomomi Minamoto (Setsunan University of Foreign Studies, Associate Professor)
Paying attention to the "extraordinary" elements found in the novels of Charlotte Brontë, and considered in conjunction with the "extraordinary" experiences, such as the London visits and Brussels stay.

The Deployment and Acceptance of Jane Eyre overseas. The United States and the Caribbean by Akiko Kimura (Waseda University Education and Science Faculty Professor)
Centered on  the Jane Eyre influence on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:53 pm by M. in , , , ,    No comments
The Yorkshire Post announces the upcoming Brontë season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse:
The Brontë Season is being presented in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum. A month of performances inspired by the Brontës, presented in the bicentenary year of Charlotte’s birth, the season opens with an interesting take on Villette. Linda Marshall-Griffiths has reimagined the ground-breaking novel by Charlotte but stayed very true to the spirit, setting the story in a strange future.
Brilliant Yorkshire writer Emma Adams has created an immersive audio drama called Tiny Shoes which will be presented as part of the season and there will be an exclusive work-in-progress sharing of Wasted, a musical that tells the story of Anne, Branwell, Charlotte and Emily who are “nobodies from nowhere with something to say”.
At the season launch there was a preview of some of the music that will be performed at the work-in-progress in October and it is fair to say the Brontës are not being treated with an overly respectful reverence – only a good thing. There will also be a series of panel events and discussions presented as part of the season.
James Brining, the man in charge of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, says: “Working in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum on the bicentenary of Charlotte’s birth, the Brontë season invites artists to create contemporary responses to their body of work as we interrogate the impact of this extraordinary family who are so integral to Yorkshire’s heritage. Stories of local significance are hugely important to our programming.”
The Sheffield Lyceum's new season is announced in The Star. It opens with the Northern Ballet Wuthering Heights production:
The season starts with Wuthering Heights at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds from September 6 -10. (...)
Based on Emily Brontë’s romantic masterpiece and part of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Brontë season, Wuthering Heights is choreographed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director, David Nixon.
It is set to an original score by celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, known for his West End and Broadway hits Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Wuthering Heights tells the story of Cathy and Heathcliff, whose childhood friendship deepens into an overwhelming love,. As their lives take different paths, their bond develops into a devastating force as unruly and dangerous as the Yorkshire Moors that surround them. (Julia Armstrong)
The Hamilton Spectator on the joys of reading:
Reading habits and tastes continue to change even for the most traditional among us, and fortunately school reading lists are forever in flux.
Yesterday's Melville, Dickinson, Brontë, Donne and Shakespeare will give way to a new set of tomorrow's literary magicians. (Paul Berton)
The Huffington Post and eating disorders:
The difficulty comes in finding what it is that fits in your hole (by which I of course mean your sense of achievement craving space and no other hole in the body), because when that hole is empty it can get awfully draughty, especially if you are wandering around the blustery moors like Cathy searching for Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. (Katie Simon Phillips)
Greenme talks about 'spirited' childs:
Che insieme al nome, le avessi scelto un destino? Emily come Emily Dickinson e Emily Brontë, anime inquiete, cime tempestose. (Rubina Valli) (Translation)
The Telegraph & Argus still talks about the Celebrity Masterchef episode filmed partially in Haworth and Fine Books & Collections talks about the recent acquisition of the Brontë Society of The Remains of Henry Kirke White copy owned by Maria Brontë.

The University of Glasgow Library has a post 'aim[ed] to highlight the wealth of material referenced in Jane Eyre which is available at the University of Glasgow’s Special Collections', including Bewick's History of British Birds or Marmion. Laura's Reviews posts about Jane Eyre. Sntanico posts a beautfiul Wuthering Heights gif collage.
Ten years ago (oh, my... time is ruthless), we posted about Erin McCole-Cupp's Jane_E, Friendless Orphan, a kind of cyberpunk retelling of the Charlotte Brontë novel. Now, the author has republished digitally the book, but in three parts. This is the first one:
Unclaimed (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan Book 1) 
by Erin McCole Cupp
Publication Date: July 1, 2016
The next dates and installments will be October 7 for Nameless (Book 2) and December 6 for Runaway (Book 3).

Marianne Sciucco - Adventures in Publishing interviews the author who explains the reasons of this new edition:
Q: So what made you think you could get away with rewriting Jane EyreEMC: I never expected to get away with it! I think of it as more of a translation than a rewrite, anyway, and when you're reading a translation, you must always keep in mind that it is but a pale image of the original. (...) A few chapters into Jane Eyre, my mind kept throwing up these weird parallels between the character of Helen Burns as Jane's spirit guide and the character of Molly as Case's spirit guide in Gibson's Neuromancer. I remember thinking, "Wow, Jane Eyre would've made great cyberpunk." [beat] "Oh, crap, now I have to write it!"
Q: That was sixteen years ago, and the first edition of Jane_E dropped a decade ago. What made you decide to revisit your first novel and rerelease it electronically? EMC: I just think ("hope" might be a better word) that the audience might be ready for it a bit more now compared to ten years ago. I'd already been thinking of re-releasing it as a single book and getting a fresh cover, having it available in hard copy as well as electronic format. However... it's a long book when taken all in one slice! Jane's story (mine as well as the Brontë version) also divides itself naturally into three parts: her early years, her developing relationship with her employer, and then everything that happens after that relationship catches fire, for lack of a better term (and those of you who've read Jane Eyre know of which I speak). I figured that by breaking it down into smaller portions, a reader could take a chance on Book 1 (Unclaimed) without the commitment to some giant tome. Of course if you want the giant tome, that's still available.

Monday, July 25, 2016

If you are American and reader of this blog you can probably identify with this columnist on KSL:
If you were an English major like me, odds are you were a bit of an Anglophile.
Austen, Dickens, Brontë and the like were enough of my constant companions from age 13 on that I frequently imagined myself on some grand estate catching up on my correspondence while sitting on a chaise in the salon. (Angie H. Treasure)
Deccan Herald discusses some classics:
Since I started teaching literature to high school students more than a decade ago, parents often interrogate me about the bearing of classics like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Shakespeare plays in today’s world. (...)
Wuthering Heights, in its morbid and gothic elements, hides the transcendental nature of love while Jane Eyre carries in its pages lessons on beauty in simplicity. (Aditi Pant)
El Correo Gallego (Spain) interviews the writer Toni Hill, author of Los ángeles de hielo:
-Tu éxito anterior con Salgado es conocido. Pero tiene poco que ver con lo que has escrito ahora.
-No fue fácil hacerlo, pero para mí fue muy necesario. (...) Y por fin podría hablar de Henry James, y de Jane Eyre... cosas que me gustan mucho. Me lo planteé como un homenaje literario. Y es que en España tenemos demasiada tradición de novela negra naturalista. España ha vivido de espaldas a una tradición literaria más perturbadora. Ahí tienes Cumbres Borrascosas, sin ir más lejos.
-Me alegra mucho que estemos invocando aquí, en esta mesa, a Jane Eyre, y ello en pleno aniversario de Charlotte. Y a las Brontë. Aquí también hay fuego, como en Thornfield Hall, y hay un Rochester, que no está impedido de la pierna, sino del brazo. Tú fuiste traductor de Jane Eyre.
-Me fascina esta historia. Y Jane Eyre se describe a sí misma como una heroína fea, algo inconcebible, sobre todo entonces. Pero logra seducir a Rochester. Yo acabé enfermo cuando la traduje, porque creía que no tenía el castellano suficiente para traducir algo así. (José Miguel Giráldez) (Translation)
Libertad Digital (Spain) talks about the exiled Cuban writer and painter Juan Abreu:
Hay una escena en Antes que anochezca, el biopic de Julian Schnabel sobre Reinaldo Arenas basado en sus memorias homónimas, en que el protagonista se refiere a loshermanos Abreu, Juan, José y Nicolás, escritores como él, como "las hermanas Brontë". (José María Albert De Paco) (Translation)
The Content Reader is reading Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre; Bookaholicgirlana and Ripples in the Wind review Wuthering Heights; Virginia e il Labirinto (in Italian) reviews The Professor.
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Routledge has published one of the Brontë scholar important additions to the Brontë bicentenary:
Time, Space, and Place in Charlotte Brontë
Edited by Diane Long Hoeveler, Deborah Denenholz Morse
Routledge, July 2016
Hardback: 9781472453860
220 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

Organized thematically around the themes of time, space, and place, this collection examines Charlotte Brontë in relationship to her own historical context and to her later critical reception, takes up the literal and metaphorical spaces of her literary output, and sheds light on place as both a psychic and geographical phenomenon in her novels and their adaptations. Foregrounding both a historical and a broad cultural approach, the contributors also follow the evolution of Brontë's literary reputation in essays that place her work in conversation with authors such as Samuel Richardson, Walter Scott, and George Sand and offer insights into the cultural and critical contexts that influenced her status as a canonical writer. Taken together, the essays in this volume reflect the resurgence of popular and scholarly interest in Charlotte Brontë and the robust expansion of Brontë studies that is currently under way.
Table of Contents
Introduction: time, space(s), and place(s) in Charlotte Brontë DIANE LONG HOEVELER AND DEBORAH DENENHOLZ MORSE

PART I: Time

1 Charlotte Brontë’s renderings of time JULIE DONOVAN
2 Charlotte Brontë and her critics: the case of Shirley HERBERT ROSENGARTEN
3 The 1916 centenary: Charlotte Brontë and first-wave feminism ALEXIS EASLEY
4 Charlotte Brontë’s neo-Victorian character(s) SARAH E. MAIER

PART II: Literary space(s)

5 Charlotte Brontë and the anxious imagination DIANE LONG HOEVELER
6 The place of Pamela in Jane Eyre BETH LAU
7 "A more than masculine courage": idealism and social protest in Indiana and Jane Eyre CLOE LE GALL-SCOVILLE AND KARI LOKKE
8 Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the personal politics of space CAROL SENF

PART III: Place(s)

9 The forest dell, the attic, and the moorland: animal places in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre DEBORAH DENENHOLZ MORSE
10 "How English is Lucy Snowe"?: pink frocks and a French clock in Jane Eyre and Villette JUDITH E. PIKE
11 Brontëan reveries of spaces and places: walking in Villette LUCY MORRISON
12 The "last home": death in the works of Charlotte Brontë CAROL MARGARET DAVISON

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Keighley News reports that the upcoming stage presentation of Wuthering Heights at the Haworth Church has been postponed (July 30):
The Friends of the Brontës Church planned to host Jorvik Theatre’s production on Saturday, July 30 at Haworth Parish Church.
But the group have now issued a statement saying that with “deep regret” they had to delay the presentation.
They added: “This is due to the over-running of building works within the church. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The play, intended to celebrate the church’s reopening, was due to feature local actor Geraldine (Gerry) Hill in the major role of the Narrator. (David Knights)
Daily Mail interviews the singer and songwriter Seal:
Last film you saw?
The 1939 version of Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier and David Niven. It does me in every time. (Jon Wilde)
Paul Kingsnorth in The Guardian thinks that writers should reconnect with the natural world:
There have always been novels in which the landscape, and the non-human creatures in it, have played a powerful part. Just looking along my bookshelf I can see Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and The Return of the Native, in which the rural landscapes of his still pre-modern Wessex are as memorable as his human characters; Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, whose wild Pennine uplands experience moods as dark as that of Heathcliff; Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea trilogy, set in a fictional archipelago whose islands are as distinctive as any on our planet; and DH Lawrence’s The Plumed Serpent, set in a dark pagan Mexico that lingers in the mind longer than its storyline.
The Sunday Herald's concern is with the absence of working class writers:
Even Jane Eyre, a poor orphan, was well educated, spoke French and played the piano, ultimately and conveniently becoming a rich heiress. Who would I have been had I lived at Thornfield Hall with Mr Rochester? The housekeeper? More likely I would have been Leah, the maid of whom we are given few details and no sense of her life and passions, or whether Charlotte Brontë considered her, like Jane, a "free human being with an independent will".
The Gulf News reviews the novel From a a Good Home by Trudi Johnson:
While squinting through the keyhole, I watched Hannah prepare for her trip. “Ah,” said I. “Shades of Jane Eyre. Here’s a young maid leaving home to work for a wealthy man.”
Of course, after I hove open the doors and went inside I realized I was wrong — again. Well, mostly wrong.
Jane left home and got in tack with wealthy Mr. Rochester who had skeletons in his closets, so to speak — a crazy ol’ wife barred up in the attic or some such, if my faulty noggin serves me well.
In the case of Ms. Johnson’s novel, Hannah doesn’t fall under the spell of a rich man with skeletons already in his closet — or under the stair, as the case may be.  (Harold N. Walters)
The Asian Age interviews the young writer Rosheena Zehra:
Which classics do you want to read?
I want to read everything by the three Brontë sisters. So far I’ve only read two of their books.
The Herald Mail interviews another writer, Jaclyn Dolamore:
Dolamore said the ideas for “Magic Under Glass” and “Magic Under Stone,” were based on her interest in the Victorian era. She also was inspired by one of her favorite authors, Charlotte Brontë, by writing a story that was Gothic and romantic. And she had interests in automatons, which are mechanical devices that were made to mimic humans. (Crystal Schell)
ABC Radio's (Australia) All in the Mind traces a cultural history of madness. Bertha Mason is quoted of course:
And in Australia where you were, the asylum is imported as one of the symbols of civilised existence, that we don't neglect the mentally ill and lock them up in a garret like Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre, and we don't stuff them in the jail and just neglect them, we now have this specialised institution. But those specialised institutions turn out not to work terribly well. (Andrew Scull)
Ideal (Spain) interviews a local editor:
Maribel [Cabrera] ha recorrido, literariamente, el continente europeo, a través de novelas curiosamente protagonizadas por mujeres. Desde la 'Anna Karenina' de Tolstoi hasta la 'Madame Bovary' de Flaubert, pasando por las heroínas de Emily Brontë o Jane Austen. Sus libros más valiosos son de arte, ediciones de Taschen o catálogos emblemáticos. (José Antonio Muñoz) (Translation)
Books I Have Never Read has discovered Wuthering Heights; Notes from the Ironbound's track of the week is Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights; The Rush Journals reviews Jane Eyre 1973. AnneBrontë.org explores the links of the Brontës and Halifax.
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Today, July 24, in Missoula, Montana:
Colony 21 will feature staged readings of five new plays by our guest artists. There will also be a public forum examining the needs of a new generation of playwrights, as well as a keynote address from visiting writer Samuel D. Hunter, recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship.

Montana Repertory Theatre presents
Brontë to the Future!
by Laramie Dean
Sunday, July 24 at 12:00 PM
Masquer Theatre, Missoula, MT

The Brontë sisters, Emily and Charlotte, having told their most well-known tales—Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, respectively—now want to leave the past behind and explore a future time in order to see what will happen to their characters in a more contemporary setting. Brontë to the Future! is a mashup that places the Brontës’ beloved Jane and Rochester and Catherine and Heathcliff in the world of today—and possibly tomorrow—while retaining all the romance and Gothic splendor of the original stories.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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#saveredhouse This weekend is the last chance to make the Kirklees Council know what do you think about their plans to shut Red House Museum. The Spenborough Guardian explains:
A last chance to share your views on the fate of two beloved museums with the council comes this weekend.
Consultation on Kirklees Council’s plan to shut Red House Museum in Gomersal and Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park lasts until Sunday.
Under budget plans, the two sites could close and their collections be either transferred or stored.
A fightback by the community was launched, with nearly 1,500 people signing a petition to keep Red House open in one week. (...)
An online survey which gives residents the chance to share their views can be filled in until July 24.
BBC History Extra interviews Juliet Barker:
Q: Which other historical areas fascinate you and why?
A: I’m a medievalist through and through, but I’m also a 19th-century literary biographer with a particular and life-long passion for the Brontës. Where the 19th century scores over medieval history is in the level of individual literacy, which opens up a wholly different seam of personal responses to life and its struggles. Through reading diaries, letters and other autobiographical material you can get to the heart of a person in a way you simply can’t in earlier periods, which lack such resources. Without her extraordinary legacy of forthright, beautifully written and often deeply moving letters, what would we really know about Charlotte Brontë? Personally I find them even more powerful and illuminating than her novels. (...)
Q: What can we expect from your talk at York? 
A: The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë this year provides the ideal opportunity to re-examine the life and work of one of our most enduringly popular novelists. In what I hope will be an entertaining, but thought-provoking, discussion, I’ll be looking at how and why so many myths have grown up around Yorkshire’s most famous family and challenging the conventional view of the Brontë story.  (Ellie Cawthorne)
This Belfast Telegraph columnist remembers how, when she was 17 she was more into Gothic than Joseph Conrad:
At the time I was in love with the Romantic and Gothic novelists. Books like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein had fired my imagination at O-level and piqued my curiosity for the macabre and the extraordinary. (Frances Burscough)
We are not sure why the McAllen Monitor opens its review of the new Ghostbusters film with the 'poor, obscure, plain' Jane Eyre quote.

The Daily Mail recommends some UK campsites:
Taste of the wild
Upper Booth, Derbyshire
A stone barn on the way up to Kinder Scout above Upper Booth in the Peak District National Park
With no electrics at this site in the High Peak estate, there are few distractions from the rolling pastures of Austin(sic) and Brontë land.
It might be close-to-nature camping, but when you’re covered in mud after exploring the Pennine Way, Kinder Scout or Jacob’s Ladder, there’s a hot shower waiting. (Siobhan Warwicker)
Correo (Perú) lists women writers who used pseudonyms to get published. The Brontës are there. Just a pity that the portraits of Emily and Anne are wrong:
2. Las hermanas Brontë
En 1847 se publicó Jane Eyre, la autoría de la obra estaba a nombre de Currer Bell, un seudónimo literario que ocultaba la identidad de quien había escrito una de las mejores novelas románticas de la literatura inglesa. Luego se supo que la escritora era Charlotte Brontë con el seudónimo de Jane Eyre, un éxito literario que hoy en día es considerado un clásico de la literatura. Emily y Anne, las dos hermanas de Charlotte, también tuvieron que recurrir a seudónimos masculinos para poder publicar sus obras: Cumbres borrascosas y Agnes Grey. (Translation)
Pages and Patterns and Wrapped in Rhetoric review Lyndsay Faye's Jane Steele.
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An alert from the Haworth Arts Festival for
An Evening with Sally Wainwright
Saturday 23 July 2016
7.00 for 7.30pm
West Lane Baptist Church

We are delighted to be able to bring you An Evening with Sally Wainwright. Originally scheduled for the 18 June we have had to move the event to Saturday 23 July.
Sally will be in conversation with Barry Foster and we will be showing some of her work, hopefully including some footage from To Walk Invisible. Sally will be answering questions from the audience. If you have one in advance for Sally please let us know what it is on the form below.
Sally has recently had a very busy schedule filming To Walk Invisible on Main St, Penistone Hill and other locations. She is taking part in an up close and personal event that will explore her writing career. Sally grew up in Yorkshire and visits the area on a regular basis. She has helped to put Yorkshire on the map by filming locally for The Last Tango in Halifax, Unforgiven and Happy Valley, that won her the recent BAFTA awards for Best Writer and Best Television Drama Series.

Friday, July 22, 2016

BBCOne's Celebrity Masterchef episode filmed in Haworth is one of the news items of the day:
The  Telegraph & Argus:
The remaining contestants – including boxer Audley Harrison, comedian Tommy Cannon and Eastenders actor Sid Owen – will be seen cooking meals in marquees in the meadow behind the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
They will then serve about 70 specially-invited guests in the Old School Rooms, on Church Street, where the Brontë sisters taught during the 1800s.
Guests, who went along in period costume, included members of the Brontë Society, Brontë Parsonage Museum staff and their families, and some villagers.
The contestants were seen marching up historic Main Street in the closing credits of last Thursday’s episode of Celebrity Masterchef.
Among those tucking into food such as roast lamb with Wuthering veg, hake a la Rochester and Branwell Brontë pud were Brontë Parsonage Museum marketing officer Rebecca Yorke and her daughter Mala.
Rebecca said the Brontë Society was delighted to be invited to host an episode of Celebrity Masterchef, but those involved were asked not to tell anyone how the filming went.
Some staff were simply told in advance that a “BBC cookery series” was coming to the village.
Rebecca said: “We didn’t know it was Celebrity Masterchef until they turned up. It was great fun hosting the programme.
“Shine TV asked Brontë Society members, staff and other guests to be colourful. They asked if we wanted to dress up.
“They used the meadow for the marquees and we had a meal in the Old School Rooms.
“As part of the filming members of the Parsonage staff read extracts from Brontë novels like Jane Eyre. Then the contestants walked round the village.” (David Knights)
On the Haworth Village Facebook page you can find more behind-the-scenes pictures and videos.
More comments can be found on Press Association (with a selection of tweets from viewers), Daily Express, OK!, Coventry Telegraph, ...

Still in Haworth, The Telegraph & Argus remembers the joint initiative between the Brontë Parsonage and KWVR:
The Brontë Parsonage Museum and Keighley and Worth Valley Railway have launched a joint ticket initiative.
Visitors to Haworth can travel on a vintage bus between the two attractions as well as getting cut-price tickets.
Passengers buying an Adult Day Rover at any station on the Worth Valley line will be given a voucher admitting adults to Brontë Parsonage Museum for the reduced price of £5.50.
Museum visitors will receive a similar voucher entitling them to a Day Rover railway ticket for £14.
The vouchers are valid for one month from the date of issue. Vintage buses will operate daily until September 4 to help visitors travel between the two attractions
Brontë Society marketing manager, Rebecca Yorke, said: ‘We recognise there is much to see and do in Haworth.
“By working in partnership with a fellow attraction, we hope visitors will be persuaded to return and spend more time in the area, benefitting local shops and businesses.
“We also hope that local families looking for things to do in the summer holidays will take advantage of this special offer and explore the special places on their doorstep.”
Railway marketing officer, Sarah Howsen, said: “We have established a successful working relationship with the Brontë Parsonage Museum and look forward to developing our partnership further, with a regular series of special events and offers.” (David Knights)
Finally, in the same newspaper a brief account of the BPM events this month:
The Parsonage's first ever Poetry Festival took place early this month, and was a great success, despite a rather wet and windy start.
Gazebos were taking flight on Saturday morning, but were eventually tethered in place, and the sun finally appeared to make for a beautiful summer’s weekend.
Poets and visitors mingled in the Parsonage garden and various venues dotted around Haworth, enjoying stumbling upon a real mish-mash of poetic styles, whilst some chose to hone their skills in poetry workshops at the museum.
We hope to repeat the festival next year and build on its success.
Another first for the museum this month was Tracy Chevalier’s Twitter tour of our Charlotte Great and Small exhibition, which was a brilliant way of letting far-flung devotees of the Brontës see what’s going on in the museum this year.
Who ever thought the Brontës would be trending on Twitter! (David Knights)
The Parsonage is not for sale, but it seems that old rectories are hot on the properties market. The Times talks about it and mentions the house of the Brontës in Haworth.

Also in The Times, Charlotte Tuxworth recommends several podcasts for this summer, including Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time episode devoted to Jane Eyre:
The story of Jane Eyre is one of the best-known in English fiction. Jane is the orphan who survives a miserable early life, first with her aunt at Gateshead Hall and then at Lowood School. She leaves the school for Thornfield Hall, to become governess to the French ward of Mr Rochester. She and Rochester fall in love but, at their wedding, it is revealed he is married already and his wife, insane, is kept in Thornfield's attic. When Jane Eyre was published in 1847, it was a great success and brought fame to Charlotte Bronte. Combined with Gothic mystery and horror, the book explores many themes, including the treatment of children, relations between men and women, religious faith and hypocrisy, individuality, morality, equality and the nature of true love.
Dinah Birch
Professor of English Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Liverpool
Karen O'Brien
Vice Principal and Professor of English Literature at King's College London
Sara Lyons
Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Kent
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
The New York Times interviews the author Megan Abbott:
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Emily Brontë, Freud and Flannery O’Connor. That’s a tough, tough crew. I’m not getting away with anything at that table. There will definitely need to be martinis.
The current turbulent political situation in Kashmir finds a Brontë echo on Greater Kashmir:
"Sweet love of youth, forgive if I forget thee, while the world’s tide is bearing me along; sterner desires and darker hopes beset me, Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong!" I think of these verses from Emily Brontë as I sit in my balcony in the picturesque view of Srinagar, pondering over the tragic situation out here with a very heavy heart. (Gitanjoli Dasgupta)
Margaret Hickey finds in the Irish Examiner a curious thing in common between Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë:
Merkel and May are the daughters of church ministers and while parsonages are not usually thought of as places of exceptional privilege, they are places that value learning. Jane Austin(sic) and the Brontës had broken the literary glass ceiling in their fathers’ parsonages in previous centuries.
BBC Radio 4 lists some writers that have spent some time in prison. Including Jean Rhys:
By the 1960s, Jean Rhys was thought by many to be dead. After publishing a few minor works in the 1930s, she seemed to vanish completely. But she returned spectacularly with her prequel and reinterpretation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre – Wide Sargasso Sea, released in 1966. But despite her reclusive nature, Rhys had quite a lively life prior to her literary successes. As well as stints as a chorus girl, nude model, demi-mondaine and possibly even a prostitute, she became the mistress of a wealthy stockbroker and then the wife of a Belgian conman and adventurer. In 1949 she found herself in Holloway Prison, charged with assault. She claimed a man had been rude to her, so she slapped him. After five days inside, and a psychiatric evaluation, she was sent back to the magistrates who ordered her to refrain from violent activities in the future.
Khaleej Times interviews the author Konstantina Sakellariou:
What are the books that shaped your outlook and changed your life?
That question is practically impossible to answer in an accurate and holistic way. I have read numerous books of various genres, and they have all contributed to the person I am today. I particularly love novels that focus on the importance of the human story- emotions, reactions, passions, weaknesses and personal victories over ego and pain are fascinating to me. I love classics from Homer as well as the works of the Brontë sisters, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Henrik Ibsen, Virginia Woolf, Naguib Mahfouz, Khalil Gibran, Nikos Kazantzakis and Anton Chekhov, just to name a few. More modern writers would be Jose Saramago, Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Amin Maalouf and Orhan Pamuk. 
Bristol 24/7 explores Dartmoor:
This was my first moor. You never forget your first moor.
Sure, I had heard of moors before – as an American with a healthy interest in British literature, I had read Jane Eyre and Jamaica Inn and knew the moors were supposed to be sinister wastelands where people get sucked into bogs and ghostly voices cry out through the ever-whipping wind. Needless to say, I was very excited. (Alison Maney)
Il Manifesto (Italy) talks about the journalist and writer Grazia Livi:
Senza frenesie, distillando momenti d’essere in una svolta, nella meditazione di un rovesciamento, le strade di Londra, dove era già stata, ricongiungono al centro di sé, rammendando di imprevisto il già noto. Se colloquiare con una città significa perimetrarne le intenzioni – insieme alle proprie – in una peregrinazione audace di riconnotazione, in cui avere fiducia nell’incontro con l’altro, è nella vita di Livi che gli incontri sono stati tanti. Da Le Corbusier a Rubinstein, o anche Anna Banti – decisiva nella sua presa di coscienza letteraria. Tra quelli immaginari certamente c’è Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Carla Lonzi e poi ancora Rilke, Shelley e altri. (Alessandra Pigliaru) (Translation)
TSA-Tout sour l'Algérie (in French) reviews the novel La porte de la mer by Youcef Zirem:
Les épreuves subies par Amina défilent ainsi, de l’extérieur, un paradoxe pour des situations si intimes et des souffrances intériorisées, énoncées dans un style plus proche du roman Harlequin que d’Ahlem Mosteghanemi, d’Emilie Brontë, ou d’autres championnes de la condition féminine. (Nadia Ghanem) (Translation)
Elizabeth Hein interviews Luccia Gray who talks about her Eyre Hall trilogy: Magic, Ink and Stardust reviews Wuthering Heights.
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And today, July 22, the Long Beach Theatre Shakespeare Company presents a production of the Orson Welles one-hour adaptation radio play adaptation of Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre
Adapted by Orson Welles
July 22, 23, 29, 30 8.00 PM
July 24 2.00 PM
Richard Goad Theatre
4250 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

Charlotte Brontë’s “ unofficial autobiography” depicts the struggle between reason and passion, in a dark and mysterious atmosphere. The frightening, yet compelling, brooding, and romantic figure of Rochester is unforgettable as he lures the inexperienced, sensible, yet blooming Jane into a dreadful family secret.

LBSC presents this story in an hour-long radio play, adapted by Orson Welles, with original music by Edmund Velasco, and live sound effects produced by the cast! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Both The Guardian, the Yorkshire Post and BBC News report the news that the copy of Robert Southey’s edition of The Remains of Henry Kirke White belonging to Maria Branwell, annotated by her and other members of the family (and containing also a poem and a piece of prose by Charlotte Brontë) has finally arrived in the Parsonage. We don't know why this story resurfaces now because it is basically the same as we already reported in December 2015. Even with the same comments by Brontë experts like Juliet Barker and Ann Dinsdale.
EDIT: Also on Halifax Courier, The Telegraph &  Argus.

You know that we at BrontëBlog are running a campaign to save the Red House Museum. Fortunately, we are not alone and The Friends of Red House are running a local campaign and an e-petition on the Kirklees Council website. The Spenborough Guardian informs:
A petition to save Red House Museum in Gomersal has reached more than 1,000 signatures in a week.
Under Kirklees Council budget plans the historic home faces the axe.
Friends of Red House member Ruth Yates said a petition which was created online and handed out in shops last week has been signed by 1,457 people.
“In a week that’s really good going. We really wanted to say a big thank you to the people of Gomersal,” she said.
“We hope that it will help to keep Red House open.” (...)
The petition reads: “Red House is the only example open to the public of a yeoman clothier’s family house and workplace, complete with outbuildings and historic, award-winning gardens.
“It was owned and run by the Taylor family for 400 years, who made a substantial contribution to the area’s textile industry.
“The family even ran their own bank from Red House for a little while.
“Charlotte Brontë was a close friend of Mary Taylor, and featured the family as the Yorkes, and Red House as ‘Briarmains’ in her novel ‘Shirley. “Considering these close links it is very sad that Kirklees Council has made this announcement when we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charlotte’s birth.”
People can sign the petition online until July 21 at consultation over the plans runs until Sunday. Visit (Jo Henwood)
The Chester Chronicle interviews the Marketing Cheshire director of tourism, Alison Duckworth:
What is your favourite book? I love to read and enjoy a variety of books, but if I was to choose I would select two as they had a profound effect on me – Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (Jo Henwood)
A couple of Brontë heroes in the What's on TV list of TV historical hunks:
Tom Hardy – Wuthering HeightsFrom East End gangster  to one of romantic literature’s sexiest brutes, a clean-shaven, Tom Hardy sizzled as Heathcliff in ITV’s 2009 adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel…
Toby Stephens – Jane EyreDame Maggie Smith’s son Toby Stephens played Mr Rochester, Jane Eyre’s mysterious, brooding object of lust in the BBC’s 2006 adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel… He falls on desperate times but we, like Jane (Ruth Wilson), herself would overlook his bigamy for a bit of thingummy! (Mick Flood)
The Millions publishes part of the preface of the recent book Exquisite Masoquism by Claire Jarvis (which we already presented some weeks ago):
To understand the elements of the masochistic scene, consider one of the strangest moments in a very strange novel, when Wuthering Heights’s observant servant, Nelly Dean, comes upon Heathcliff, staring, it seems, at Catherine the Elder’s ghost:
Now, I perceived he was not looking at the wall; for when I regarded him alone, it seemed exactly that he gazed at something within two yards’ distance. And whatever it was, it communicated, apparently, both pleasure and pain in exquisite extremes: at least the anguished, yet raptured, expression of his countenance suggested that idea. The fancied object was not fixed, either: his eyes pursued it with unwearied diligence, and, even in speaking to me, were never weaned away. I vainly reminded him of his protracted abstinence from food: if he stirred to touch anything in compliance with my entreaties, if he stretched his hand out to get a piece of bread, his fingers clenched before they reached it, and remained on the table, forgetful of their aim.
Jettison for a moment the question at the heart of this brief passage (does Heathcliff see the dead woman’s ghost?) and focus instead on the physical scene it describes. Nelly perceives (or thinks she perceives) Heathcliff’s horror written on his face. But Nelly sees something other than horror there: rapture. Rapture and anguish, in equal portions, freeze Heathcliff in his attitude, staring at someone who may or may not be there, chilling his body so intensely that even a grasp for food fails. “Pleasure and pain in exquisite extremes” — here, the author describes a man moving — his hands “clench,” rigid, before they reach food — toward a starving death. Brontë’s inclusion of “exquisite” imagines there might be some kind of aesthetic satisfaction — or consummation — in Heathcliff’s experience. In all of its meanings, “exquisite” develops precision and cultivation so extremely that they can tip from pleasure into pain, from beauty into fastidiousness into horror. (Read more)
GQ runs quite a weird story:
A school in Sydney, Australia has banned clapping, citing "members of our school community who are sensitive to noise." (Read: teachers.) This is some Jane Eyre bullshit, I tell you what. (Lauren Larson)
Bookriot places Wuthering Heights at the top of a list of books for ... fans of  the Kanye/Taylor feud:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë:
Let’s be real: Wuthering Heights is, without a question, the ORIGINAL train wreck what-are-they-doing-I-can’t-look-away book.
Often misrepresented as a romance,Wuthering Heights follows the relationship of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, who drag everybody they know into a spiral of madness around their relationship. There’s multiple instances of bullying, humiliation, abuse, death, and ghost sightings, because if Emily Brontë was only going to write one novel before her death, then damn, it might as well have everything.
If you like the drama of the Taylor / Kanye feud and how it manages to drag everybody into it – and I mean everybody – then you’ll love Wuthering Heights. (Nicole Brinkley)
Freim (México) thinks that Wuthering Heights is a short (?) novel that you should read:
Este libro fue escrito en 1847 por Emily Brontë aka Ellis Bell y es todo un rush de emociones lo que podrás encontrar a través de sus páginas, desde amor, locura y vida, hasta sus extremos como la muerte, el odio y la venganza, en la que la dependencia entre dos personas puede llegar a convertirse en una tragedia. (Karen ZLW) (Translation)
La Opinión (in Spanish) interviews the author Steve Alten, clearly not a Brontëite:
MEG no fue escrito para adolescentes, es un libro para personas adultas, pero el público joven ADORA las historias de tiburones gigantes… A mí mismo me fascinaban cuando iba al instituto. Es puro entretenimiento, no como Romeo y Julieta o Cumbres Borrascosas (Zzzzzzzzzzzzz….) (Javier Peinado) (Translation)
Red Line (Greece) talks about laïcité and quotes Wuthering Heights:
Στην πραγματικότητα, μόνο η laïcité μας βοηθά να καταλάβουμε ότι οι ανθρώπινες κοινωνίες θα μπορούσαν ανά πάσα στιγμή να μετατραπούν σε πραγματική κόλαση αν δεν βελτιωθούν (όπως έμμεσα υπαινίσσεται η Emily Brontë στο μυθιστόρημα του Wuthering Heights), πράγμα που μας ωθεί στην πολιτική δράση με στόχο την αλλαγή της υπάρχουσας κοινωνικής θέσμισης, και όχι στην ανάθεση μιας υπόσχεσης για κάποια μεταθανάτια ζωή. (Μιχάλης Θεοδοσιάδης) (Translation)