Thursday, July 19, 2018

Eisner nominations for Jane

The Guardian publishes the obituary of playwright and screenwriter Hugh Whitemore (1936-2018). Probably best known for his work for the stage, he was also the writer of several films, including Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre 1996.

The 30th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will take place tomorrow July 20 and Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez has some nominations:
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Ramón K. Perez, Jane (Archaia) 
Den of Geek!'s choice for the last award is Mr. Pérez:
Ramon Perez is on the verge of being a superstar. His Nova was an outstanding book full of energy and vibrant characters. Jane, giving him a full graphic novel’s worth of pages to tell an art house romance adaptation of Jane Eyre, is as close to Eisner-bait as you can get. (Jim Dandy)
We hope the reviewer of Star2 will not be in the jury:
In other words, this novel had quite an uphill task of satisfying readers. So does Jane, written by Aline Brosh McKenna with art by Ramon K Perez, work? Well, not so much. (...)
In Jane, she definitely creates a compelling narrative… just one that does not capture the feeling of Brontë’s original novel. (...)
Some original characters are changed so much that their new counterparts resemble them in name only.
Then, while everything starts off in an interesting, promising way, it all goes bonkers by the end, as thugs and bizarre relationship enter the picture, in a style their original creators could never have intended. It’s still entertaining to watch, but one can’t help feel something was lost in translation. (...)
Overall, as a story on it’s own, McKenna’s Jane is decent, despite a rather melodramatic ending: as an adaptation of Brontë’s novel, it falls a little bit flat. Worth a read though, if only for the mesmerising art. A valiant effort, but compared to it’s rich source material, this Jane is rather plain. (Terence Toh)
Dating a loser? The Daily Mail solves the problem:
We tend to equate stormy, tempestuous relationships with grand, passionate love.
Cathy and Heathcliff. Romeo and Juliet. Most of us are suckers for up-and-down relationships when we're younger (we've got the time and energy).
When we're older and have work commitments and other pressures, they're usually not worth the effort. (Tracey Cox)
SparkLife gives you advice on how to solve personal problems, Gothic novel style:
 1. Imprison the problem in your attic and hope that maybe if you can't see it, it isn't really there. Unfortunately, this theory is deeply flawed, and the problem will haunt your home and your mind like a specter until it inevitably sets your house on fire. (Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre) (...)
4. Sick of your problematic current spouse? Marry a different problem! (Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights) (Charlotte Miller)
Tech Guru Daily talks about the evolution of the way we travel:
When Thomas Cook (1808–1892) founded the Thomas Cook & Son travel agency, he established himself as one of the world’s first travel agents. Initially a one-man show (the “Son” came later), Cook arranged for 150,000 tourists to attend Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition in London in 1851. This first world’s fair was as notable for its collection of literary figures as it was for its other exhibits. Among the former were Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, and William Makepeace Thackeray. Cook used his skills as a trained printer to market his tour packages with enticing travel booklets that offered Industrial Age factory workers a means of escape. (Susan Martinez)
Diario Exterior (Spain) reviews José Jiménez Lozano's Memorias de un escribidor:
Junto a la memoria judía, el autor abulense cuenta con el fuerte enraizamiento en una tradición intelectual y literaria de largo aliento europeo, situada en los márgenes del canon oficial de la modernidad: pienso en las hermosísimas páginas que ha dedicado al estudio de la mística castellana o del jansenismo francés; en sus ensayos sobre los afrancesados españoles —Los cementerios civiles es un libro de referencia para cualquier estudioso de la heterodoxia pública en España— o sobre la influencia morisca; y en su fructífero diálogo como lector —y, por tanto, también como creador— con autores de la estirpe de Flannery O’Connor, Simone Weil, Shusakū Endō, Søren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, las hermanas Brontë, Dostoyevski o los españoles fray Luis de León y Miguel de Cervantes. (Daniel Capó) (Translation)
Monopol (Germany) discusses the recent Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever events. A Game of T.A.R.D.I.S. (Italy) reviews Wuthering Heights. On Radio SRF 2 Kultur (Switzerland), the programme Kontext discussed Emily Brontë:
Emily Brontë ist vor allem für ihren Roman «Wuthering Heights – Sturmhöhe» bekannt. Doch die englische Schriftstellerin hat auch Gedichte verfasst, die auf Deutsch kaum mehr greifbar und wenig bekannt sind – und deshalb umso mehr Beachtung verdienen. (Translation)
Noroeste (México) thinks that Wuthering Heights 2011 was 'extraordinary'.
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The recent Wuthering Heights BBC radio adaptation is now available, published by BBC Digital Audio:
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
Dramatised by Rachel Joyce
Narrated by: Ben Batt, Chloe Pirrie, Emma Fielding, full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Release date: 07-05-18
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio

Chloe Pirrie and Ben Batt star in this stunning dramatisation of Emily Brontë's classic, adapted by best-selling author Rachel Joyce.
When homeless orphan Heathcliff is brought to the isolated, storm-swept farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, he sparks very different emotions in the children of the house, Hindley and Cathy. While Hindley instantly hates him and makes his life miserable, Heathcliff finds a soul mate in Cathy, and the two spend days playing together on the wild Yorkshire moors.
Inseparable as children, passionately in love as adolescents, they are everything to each other - until Cathy meets the wealthy, handsome Edgar Linton and agrees to marry him. Consumed by jealousy and resentment, Heathcliff flees, returning three years later rich and seeking revenge.
Bitter and cruel, he vows to destroy everyone who has hurt him - and his hatred and vengeance will ruin the lives of two generations before it runs its course....
First published in 1847, Wuthering Heights scandalised Victorian readers with its shocking portrayal of obsession and doomed love. This radio production, dramatised by Rachel Joyce, retains all the force and intensity of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bustle has a list of Gothic novels other than Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights:
I was named after Charlotte Brontë, so it's safe to say that I grew up reading Jane Eyre. I loved Jane as a kid. I, too, wanted to go out and seek my fortune as a plain but determined young governess and get swept off my feet by a Mr. Rochester. I blame this (at least in part) for my love of moody, Gothic fiction and for my interest in moody, emotionally unavailable men. But even I must admit that there are, in fact, a few Gothic novels out there that aren't Jane Eyre (some of them aren't Wuthering Heights, either). So if you're looking for a torrid, creepy romance that doesn't involve a problematic secret attic wife, here are a few excellent alternatives. (...)
'Jane Steele' by Lyndsay Faye
A Gothic retelling of a Gothic novel? Yes. Please. Jane Steele is a lot like Jane Eyre, if Jane killed a lot more people. This Jane also has a rough childhood, and she also works as a governess, and she even falls in love with her hot boss. But will he discover her murderous past before it's too late? (Charlotte Ahlin)
Also on Bustle, a list of new book releases:
'Wrong In All The Right Ways' by Tiffany Brownlee
Emma's AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights — meanwhile, she's living the plot of Emily Brontë's gothic romance: She's fallen in love with her new foster brother, the one person in the world whom she can't have. (Cristina Arreolo
More Bustle, now with retellings of classic books:
'Brightly Burning' by Alexa Donne is a spin on 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë
I mean, is there anything cooler than Jane Eyre in space? Stella jumps at the chance to work as a governess aboard a private spaceship, the Rochester. The ship's captain, Hugo Fairfax, has a reputation for being a recluse, but she believes him to be kind. But everything takes a turn when Stella uncovers a conspiracy to assassinate Hugo.

'My Plain Jane' by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
The author trio that brought you My Lady Jane is back with a rollicking retelling of Jane Eyre... with ghosts. (Melissa Ragdales) (Translation)
Barnes and Noble Teen Blog presents Wrong in All the Right Ways, by Tiffany Brownlee
Wuthering Heights gets an update and makeover in this addictive debut about a forbidden attraction between a high-achieving AP student and her new foster brother, a moody bad boy. Emma discovers parallels between her tumultuous romance with Dylan and that of doomed lovers Katherine (sic)  and Heathcliff, while writing about the classic book for English Lit. But if her parents discover what’s going on between the two teens, Dylan could become ineligible for adoption. (Sarah Skilton)
The Scotsman reviews Helen Dunmore's Girl, Balancing and Other Stories.
Grace Poole Her Testimony” is a gloss on Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Poole, the nurse-guardian of Mrs Rochester confined to the attic, seeing Jane Eyre herself as a pale and greedy conniving little bitch, and a gloss on Joseph Severn’s memoir of the dying Keats. (Alan Massie)
The Augusta Chronicle lists tales worth retelling:
Jane, by April Linder
Jane Eyre is brought into the 21st Century as Jane Moore. Jane has been forced to drop out of school upon the death of her parents. Resorting to taking a nanny position in the home of Nico Rathburn, a famous rock star, she finds herself falling in love with him. But not is alright with the scenario. Mr. Rathburn harbors a dark secret from his past. Even those acquainted with the original story will find the twists and turns in Linder’s retelling worth following. (Scott Strawn)
Cincinnati CityBeat reviews a local production of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
[Charles]Ludlam’s delirious tale — set at “Mandacrest,” an ancient, sinister estate on a remote desolate moor — pokes fun at literary classics by the likes of the Brontë sisters and Edgar Allan Poe, plays by Shakespeare, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 psychological thriller Rebecca and more. Ludlam was known for pushing theatrical boundaries; he liked to say he was “recycling culture.” (Rick Pender)
The York Press reviews the current exhibition of photography by Simon Palmour:
“To the south west lies the millstone grit of the Pennine moors, where Brontë and Hindley links lurk amid the grim landscape with industrial heritage in every dyke. To the north are the North York Moors, an uplifting heather-clad plateau that comes to the sea at Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough. (Charles Hutchinson)
Hello Giggles interviews the writer Tara Isabella Burton, author of Social Creature:
This book is very much, and very consciously, a response text to Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. I wrote it exactly as a response text the same way, for example, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is a response text to Jane Eyre.
Some belated reports of the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in the media: Anglotopia, Lithgow Mercury. Bega District News, Concierto (Chile), Canada Music Scene...

La Nación (Argentina) reviews Infernales. La Hermandad Brontë by Laura Ramos:
En Infernales, la hermandad Brontë (Taurus), Laura Ramos recupera la figura de Branwell, poeta maldito que siguió un camino de autodestrucción y terminó olvidado por la historia oficial. La biografía de Ramos es monumental, exhaustiva, puntillosa: le llevó más de siete años de trabajo y varios viajes a Inglaterra, en especial a Haworth, el pueblo del norte en el que vivió la familia Brontë, devenido en meca de peregrinación turística con merchandising, cafés Brontë, taxis Brontë y hasta un Brontëbus con wifi gratis que hace el recorrido desde la estación de tren más cercana. Al museo llegan alrededor de 70.000 visitantes por año, cifra que aumentó desde 2016 por el bicentenario del nacimiento de Charlotte. (Natalia Blanc) (Translation)
La Tercera quotes from Joseph of  Wuthering Heights:
Visto así, estamos rodeados de viejos terribles. Acotado el término al grupo etario sobre 80, también. Nunca falta el viejo leso, cuyo entendimiento ha decaído mucho antes que sus extremidades, o el viejo severo, cuya vocación, diría Emily Brontë, es estar siempre “allí donde haya mucha maldad que reprochar” (Vicente Undurraga) (Translation)
France Info (France) interviews the author Guillaume Musso:
 "Il n'y avait plus de télévision et il faisait trop froid pour sortir jouer", justifie-t-il. Alors petit garçon, Guillaume Musso avait le choix entre les Mémoires du général De Gaulle et Les Hauts de Hurlevent d'Emily Brontë. C'est la découverte de ce dernier qui l'a troublé : "Pour la première fois, j'avais l'impression d'être dans le cerveau de quelqu'un d'autre."
Il a trouvé cette sensation "incroyable". Alors que roman avait "été écrit un siècle et demi plus tôt, par une jeune anglaise, qui n'avait jamais quitté sa lande", il a eu un "impact fort sur le pré-adolescent" qu'il était. Guillaume Musso reprend une expression d'Umberto Eco pour illustrer ce vécu : "Celui qui ne lit pas, arrivé à 70 ans, aura vécu une seule vie. Celui qui lit, en aura vécu au moins 5 000." (Elodie Suigo) (Translation)
Solo Libri (Italy) reviews the novel #lamoreaccade by Dodo Corfù:
Dopo l’ennesimo trasloco nel palazzo di fronte al suo, e dieci giorni di appostamenti incessanti, Lidia ha infine visto chi si è trasferito nel monovano del secondo piano – un viso alla Heathcliff, il tenebroso personaggio di Cime tempestose, un romanzo che ha letto tre volte, a distanza di dieci anni[.]  (Lidia Gualdoni) (Translation)
Vampire Maman loved Jane Eyre; strong women quotes (including from Jane Eyre) on Bookriot; The latest podcast of the Standard Issue Magazine includes a Brontë discussion:
Mickey and Hannah were surrounded by birdsong as they chat #TeamEmily with the Brontë Parsonage Museum's Lauren Livesey.
Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) compiles the many languages in which Jane Eyre has been translated.
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A recent independent film inspired somehow by Jane Eyre:
I Am No Bird (2016)
Directed by Scout Tafoya
Written by Michelle Siracusa, Nick Smerkanich and  Scout Tafoya loosely based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Cast
Theodora Blasko ... Kate
Cooper McKim ... Brother
Michelle Siracusa ... Jane
Nick Smerkanich ... Rod
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

The film is a riff on Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, examining the passions that have anchored love stories for centuries
After Jane sleeps with Roderick, the man of her dreams, she's shocked to discover he's been keeping a long term relationship with another woman a secret from her. Suddenly everything about their relationship is a lie and she has no equilibrium. How could he do this to her? She sets about investigating his cheating heart by sitting down with him in conversation and refusing to leave until she's satisfied with what he has to say for himself. I Am No Bird is an examination of age old romantic problems in a modern setting.
A critics pick at Chicago Filmmakers and New Filmmakers New York, I Am No Bird will stay with you long after its short running time is up.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Boundless explores the possibility that Emily Brontë's second novel will turn up someday:
There is an assumption that the only novel Emily Brontë wrote was the only one she published. But was there a second? Never say never, argues one writer. (...)
‘Frustratingly, we simply don’t know what she thought of the reviews,’ says Claire O’Callaghan, author of Emily Brontë Reappraised (Saraband), a book published last month that is aimed at dispelling the mythology surrounding the novelist. ‘But it’s intriguing that she did keep five of them – largely critical – and they were found in her writing desk.’ (...)
So, yes, it is conjecture, but does she really sound like someone who would be unduly discouraged by the fact that a few critics just didn’t get her? Perhaps, then, it was the case that she had simply poured everything she had into her first novel and had no more to offer. ‘That notion couldn’t be further from the truth,’ says O’Callaghan. ‘This was somebody who, from a very young age, lived in a creative world in her mind. There was the imaginary world of Gondal she created, and which spawned so much, including her poetry and, some would argue, Wuthering Heights.’ (...)
And in the absence of knowledge, there has been a great deal of speculation. Author and historian Sarah Fermi has a theory about the second novel’s intended subject matter, taking as her starting point a meeting in the 1840s between Charlotte Brontë and Francis Butterfield, a Chartist living in West Yorkshire. Fermi argues that anomalies in the account of this meeting imply that it was Emily rather than Charlotte who visited Butterfield. She postulates that this suggests Emily might have been planning a contemporary novel, set in Yorkshire, about, and in defence of, Chartism the working class movement for social and political reform.
In the 1983 novel, The Case of the Missing Brontë, by prolific crime writer and former chairman of the Brontë Society, Robert Barnard, the manuscript of the second novel resurfaces in the possession of a descendant of a woman with whom Branwell had an affair and triggers dastardly deeds in the Yorkshire dales.
And Morwenna Holman, a woman in Leeds, wrote a sequel to Wuthering Heights after an apparently extensive communication with the spirit of the author. (...)
‘There is always a small possibility,’ concurs O’Callaghan. ‘We know that after Charlotte’s death in 1855, things were sold off and moved from the house. Who knows? It’s lovely to think that somewhere – maybe even undiscovered at the Parsonage – there might be a manuscript that somebody will find one day.’And Barker recalls: ‘When I worked at the Parsonage, a lady turned up one day and said she had a Charlotte Brontë letter. And she really had – a genuine Charlotte Brontë letter that had never been published. It does happen every now and again. I do think it unlikely that a second Emily novel will ever turn up but I would never say never.’(Neil Armstrong)
USA Today's Happy Ever After interviews Tiffany Brownlee, author of Wrong in All the Right Ways:
Joyce Lamb : Welcome to HEA, Tiffany! Please tell us a bit about your new release, Wrong in All the Right Ways.Tiffany: My debut, Wrong in All the Right Ways, is a YA retelling of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights that explores the highs and lows of falling in love for the first time. Emma, a high school senior, has planned out every aspect of her life, but what she doesn’t expect is to fall for her new foster brother, Dylan. She attempts to conceal her feelings for him out of fear that it will ruin his chances of getting adopted into her family. But the more time Emma spends with Dylan, the harder it becomes to keep her feelings at bay, which then throws them both into a secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome. Plus, it just so happens that Emma’s English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and as she tackles the text, Emma realizes that her complex relationship with Dylan is not very different from Catherine and Heathcliff’s.
The Belfast Telegraph reminds us of the Irish origins of the Brontës:
It's reasonably well-known now that Patrick Prunty migrated to England from Rathfriland in 1802 at the age of 25 and went on to become the father of the famous Bronte sisters. While acting as a chaplain to one of the several railway companies pushing tracks across common land and bringing new technology to rural England, he was once attacked by labourers opposed to the railways.
In response, he purchased a shotgun and made a point of firing it out of his bedroom window every morning for the rest of his life to warn his neighbours and the townsfolk that he wasn't a man to be messed with. (Gail Walker)
Female First interviews the writer Laura Briggs:
Travel isn't something I get much time for, but I do love the thrill of visiting somewhere new. I have been lucky enough to see many places in England, including lots of sites famous for their literary connections. As a book buff, it was amazing to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, and especially Jane Austen's House in Chawton.
And BookRiot does the same with Donna Hill:
Silvana Reyes Lopez: What authors have inspired you?
DH: Although I write romances, I also write in other genres: women’s fiction, paranormal, erotica, mystery, so my inspiration comes from a variety of writers. Toni Morrison, James Patterson, Charlotte Brontë, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Deaver, Bernice McFadden, Rochelle Alers, Margaret Johnson Hodge, Deborah Johnson to name a few.
Bustle lists female detectives:
Thursday Next lives in a world very similar to our own, except with time cops and pet dodo birds and a society that treats classic literature as cutting edge pop culture. Thursday herself is a Literary Detective, but this case is unusual even in her line of work: Jane Eyre has been kidnapped from the pages of her own novel. Thursday's world may be quirkier (and more literary) than most, but she's one of the most kick ass and well-read lady detectives out there, with a team of increasingly ridiculous sidekicks to boot. (Charlotte Ahlin
Schools Week interviews Michael Merrick, Deputy Head at St Cuthbert's Catholic Community School:
The team is on a mission to enrich the curriculum across both schools, an endeavour doubtless boosted by the fact both deputies come from a secondary context. “We brought a lot of year 9 texts into year 6,” says Denny, citing Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë.
But is Jane Eyre really accessible to 11-year-olds — and at that age wouldn’t an author like David Walliams be more appropriate? “I wonder if we’d ask that question of Eton Prep School or Cheltenham Ladies’ College,” [Luke] Denny retorts. “Do we just assume those schools’ pupils could access it? Because if they can, I’d guess we would say our children are entitled to that same education.” (Cath Murray)
The New Yorker updates the Cowboys and Farmers should be friends (Oklahoma!) to Economists and Humanists:
As that example perhaps shows, there are moments when, describing the links between finance and real life, Desai reveals just how far apart they are. “The story of General Motors and Fisher Body”—the company that made G.M.’s car bodies—“in the 1910s and 1920s is, for economists, Anna Karenina, Middlemarch, and Jane Eyre all rolled in one—the classic story that explains the nature of flirtation, commitment, marriage, and love,” he writes. (John Lanchester)
The Hindu talks about Dickens's Great Expectations:
If you like this book
You may like “Jane Eyre”, by Charlotte Brontë, in which an orphan makes her own way in the world. (Latha Anantharaman)
Autostraddle reviews the second season of Anne with an E:
Aunt Jo invites Anne and Diana to her house for a party in season two’s “Memory Has as Many Mood as the Temper” and things go from slightly canonically queer to heckin’ queer. Right out of the gate, Jo reveals to Anne that she and Gertie were, “in their way, married.” In fact, Gertie’s books are still on her bedside table, just how she left them. Anne picks up Jane Eyre and Jo asks her to take over Gertie’s tradition of reading a passage from a favorite book at the party. (Heather Hogan)
Diária do Vale (Brazil) talks about a new Brazilian edition of Wuthering Heights.
O livro vai além e conta a história dos descendentes de Catherine, que ocupa a segunda metade do livro. A nova edição do “Morro dos ventos uivantes” tem apresentação de Rodrigo Lacerda e noventa notas de pé de página explicando melhor o cenário e a moral da Inglaterra vitoriana. Também temos uma cronologia da vida e obra da autora e os dois textos que Charlotte Brontë escreveu para a reedição do livro após a morte de sua irmã. (Jorge Luis Calife) (Translation) 
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) quotes writer Mare Kandre:
I ett intervjuklipp från tiden för debuten säger Kandre att hon mest läser "gamla engelskor", som systrarna Brontë och Virginia Woolf. (Jonas Brun) (Translation)
Filipstads Tidning reviews a concert by jazz singer Rigmor Gustafsson:
På den finns bland annat den skimrande poppärlan Wuthering Heights, och när Rigmor Gustafsson tolkar denna välkända Kate Bush-hit är det vackert så att ögonen tåras. (Translation)
Still some Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever tidbits: Dazed, Tone Deaf, BrinkwireSmooth Radio, Bega District News, PajibaPlásticos y Decibelios (Spain),  muzotakt (Poland), Channel 24 (Southafrica), RTBF (Belgium),  Musik Express (Germany), Sentire Ascoltare (Italy), Intermedia (Russia)...

Antiques Trade Gazette mentions the Peter Harrington auction of a first American edition of Wuthering Heights at the end of the month. The Word Players company went to WBIR's 10 News and perform a song from their upcoming production of Jane Eyre. The Musical in Knoxville, TN. Books Baking & Blogging reviews Samantha Ellis's How to Be a Heroine.
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A new CD with Brontë-related content:
Patrick Murgan
Les Spirituelles/Cantique des cantiques
Méliades – Quatuor vocal féminin
CD Ad Vitam records 180315 (Harmonia Mundi) – May2018

Les Spirituelles
4 women's voices
11 pieces on poems of women from various countries and from ancient Greece to the present day
(Erinna, Von Bingen, D'Avila, Labe, Du Guillet, Matraini, Brown, Brontë, Grouard, Dickinson, Baker) (2015)
Duration: approx. 40 '
Order of the Meliades vocal quartet

World premiere on 28 February 2017 in the church of St Jacques de Muret by the Méliades quartet.
The Emily Brontë poem is no other that No Coward Soul is Mine. ResMusica (in French) reviews the album.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Observer reviews the novel Hold by Michael Donkor:
At times, there are flashes of Jane Eyre in Belinda’s role as a “governess” of sorts, but there is no Mr Rochester to save her from her life, nor a sugary ending. The focus is on the love that flows between women and the need for Belinda to find a place that feels like home. (Arifa Akbar)
L'Orient Le Jour traces a profile of the author and journalist Rula Jebreal:
Elle célèbre l’intarissable dévouement de ses professeurs, « immense source d’inspiration », et cite à répétition des auteurs tels Franz Kafka, Nizar Kabbani, Charlotte Brontë ou Margaret Atwood, « qui m’ont autorisée, d’une certaine manière, à réécrire ma propre histoire ». (Gilles Khoury) (Translation)
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany) as quoted by BuchMarkt reviews the recent audiobook edition of Wuthering Heights, read by Rolf Boysen:
“Ich bin Heathcliff”: Rolf Boysen “verleiht mit seiner knarrenden, knarzigen, oft hämmernden Stimme diesem vom NDR produzierten und nun im Hörverlag herausgekommenen Literaturklassiker den passenden Sound. (Translation)
Still the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever chronicles: Consequences of Sound, BBC News, Xposé, NME, Beat, TV2/Lorry (Denmark), The Irish Times, Glasgow Evening Times, KO FM,..
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The Sisters' Room presents a new Italian translation of Wuthering Heights. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Howdy Yal! review Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. Literature-se (in Portuguese) continues vlogging about Jane Eyre. Girl with her Head in a Book reviews the upcoming Mrs Gaskell and Me by Nell Stevens.
Books on Asia is a website devoted to
[...]finding quality books on Japan and Asia. Each issue presents a dozen or so books, from new releases to enduring classics, that we feel deserve to be read, discovered and discussed.
The latest issue (Issue 2) explores Wuthering Heights popularity in Japan:
In this issue of Books on Asia, we delve into Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights and the popularity of the novel in Japan, which is also the subject of Judith Pascoe’s book On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë. A fun, engaging read, Dr. Pascoe deliberates on some of the 20 or so Japanese
interpretations of the novel, including translations, manga versions, and the reenactment by the Takarazuka all female theater in Japan.
Hon Podcast 02: Judith Pascoe and Wuthering Heights
In this episode of Hon, the Books on Asia Podcast, Amy chats with Dr. Judith Pascoe in her office on the campus of Florida State University. They talk about ghosts, revenge, double suicide and Edward Blunden, all while a Brontëesque storm rages outside the window. Pascoe also ruminates on her book, living in Japan, and how she learned the Japanese language.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A letter to The Guardian tries to do justice in the Brontë Stones project:
Vanessa Thorpe’s article on the Bradford literature festival project to commemorate the work of the Brontë sisters with poems carved in the stones of Thornton and Haworth rightly credits Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson and others, but fails to mention Pip Hall (“Out on the wiley, windy moors, Bush sings new praises to Emily Brontë”, News). She is the artist who has spent weeks in all weathers on the Yorkshire moors carving the commemoration poems on the stones that, as the festival organisers say, will delight visitors for years to come.
Hall has become one of Britain’s foremost letter carvers, following her work at Jane Austen’s house museum, the Stanza Stones project with Simon Armitage and the Sheffield city centre poems-on-seats projects. It is her work on the Brontë project that will endure the wind and rain on Yorkshire’s wuthering heights. (David Boulton)
Also in The Guardian, novelist Anne Tyler doesn't like Wuthering Heights:
Lisa O'Kelly: Is there a classic novel that you feel you should have read but haven’t?I have tried several times to read Wuthering Heights but it just strikes me as silly, so I always quit it. I don’t tell any of my friends this because women have very fond memories of reading it when they’re young and I don’t want to hurt their feelings.
Forbes compiles several recipes inspired by literature:
Caraway Seed Cake (Jane Eyre)
In Charlotte Brontë's magnum opus, little Jane is sent to a boarding school by her cruel aunt. At Lowood boarding school, Jane meets Miss Temple, a kind woman who soon becomes her mentor. "I meant to give each of you some of this to take with you," says Miss Temple as she unwraps a flavorful seed cake that she brought for Jane and her best friend Helen Burns. This Caraway seed cake was ravenously eaten by the little girls. And if you wonder how it tasted, you can bake one yourself by whipping up this Quid Corner recipe. (Noma Nazish)
Kitsap Daily News has some reading recommendations for children and teens:
My Plain Jane” by Cynthis Hand and Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
A stunningly imagined version of pre-Victorian England that includes charming ghosts and laugh-out-loud humor in this retelling of Jane Eyre. Adults will enjoy this re-visit to Jane Eyre, too. (Donna Lee Anderson)
Brookville Times reviews the novel The Wild Inside by James Bradbury:
Bradbury, who has an M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and has written for this newspaper, has also served in the Peace Corps and worked for two years as an assistant to the novelist John Irving. Irving has praised “The Wild Inside” as “an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel—think of the Bronte sisters and Stephen King.” It is all that—as well as a commentary on the lines we draw between wildness and civilization, between animal and human. (Caroline Biscotti)
Knutsford Guardian announces the September Knutsford Promenades festival:
“So in addition to a fascinating mix of themed and curated events, talks and displays in the town, we have commissioned a new community theatre piece called From Station to Station.”
From Station to Station has been written by Steven Downs, who wrote last year’s acclaimed Regina v Turing and Murray.
Inspired by one of Alison Uttley’s own novels, it imagines Mrs Gaskell and Alison Uttley meeting in the modern world due to a ‘time slip’, weaving into their lives and views the influences of other notable women along the Mid-Cheshire line including Elizabeth Raffald, Mary Fildes, Helen Allingham and Charlotte Brontë. (Ian Ross)
Open relationships as explained by author Melissa Broder in the Daily Mail:
If I were involved in some of my favourite literary pairings, my therapist would firmly advise against them. Mr Rochester? Emotionally unavailable – and he has a woman locked in his attic. Cathy and Heathcliff? If I were Cathy, my therapist would say, ‘Take a 90-day break and do not text him. Better yet, run!’
South Bend Tribune reviews a local production of My Fair Lady:
In the play’s final moments, after Eliza has returned to Higgins, director David Case adds a not-so-subtle bit of acting that suggests Eliza now controls Higgins. It’s a pointed reworking of power dynamics between the couple, perhaps designed to swing the balance of power closer to the ending of “Jane Eyre” and away from “Taming of the Shrew” territory. (Nora McGreevy)
More Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever: The Irish Independent, Aberdeen Evening Express, Sky Italia, Belfast Telegraph, Bournemouth Daily Echo, The Telegraph & Argus,  RTV Rijnmond (Netherlands), VRT (Belgium), RTV Slovenia, Atlanta InTown, Seacoast Online...

The New York Times' The Sugars podcast recommends Jane Eyre for the 'Young & Isolated'; Helena Fairfax visits the Brontë Parsonage and posts about the Brontës; the Word Players blog announces the upcoming performances of Jane Eyre. The Musical in Knoxville, TN. The rector of St Michael and All Angels' Haworth Church, Peter Mullins writes on his blog about Haworth, tourists and Emily Brontë. Brontë Babe Blog reviews the Juvenilia Press edition of The Pirate by Branwell Brontë.
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Girl with her Head in a Book is in the middle of a very Brontë summer season: Brooding about the Brontës 2018:
I’ve been planning this for quite a while now but I think I’m finally ready to actually get down to some Brontëish brooding. I had so much fun Brooding back in 2016, I decided that I simply had to come back for more. For a variety of reasons, this is a simpler event this time around but I’ve been burrowed into my Brontë bunker for the past month or so and having a fabulous time of it. Any and all who wish to join in are entirely welcome to do so!
This is a list of the blog's most recent Brontë-related posts:
Thursday Picture – The Brontë Parsonage
Brooding about the Brontës: Plain Janes?
Quote of the Week
Saturday Poem – Lydia Gisborne
Thursday Picture – What You Please
Quote of the Week
Review: A Girl Walks Into A Book, Miranda K. Pennington
Saturday Poem – Emily Brontë

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kate Mosse's cultural fix in The Times:
My favourite author or book
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I first read it as a teenager; it’s my favourite because I have read it every decade of my life and it has been a different book each time. It’s a novel about landscape, race, the woman’s place in the world and the amorality of nature, but most of all it’s about place; the moors and Wuthering Heights are the lead characters. I realise that I am the novelist I am because I have read Wuthering Heights. It’s like no other novel. It changed what it was possible for women to write; before they could write domestic novels, but this is a visceral, hugely dark novel.
The Times also recommends Wuthering Heights 2011.
Wuthering Heights (15, 2011)
Channel 4, 1.35am (July 16)
Andrea Arnold’s bold take on Emily Brontë’s classic romance is as spare as it is sensual. She strips away most of the dialogue and much of the story, leaving an impressionistic, earthy, emotional intensity. Arnold (Fish Tank, American Honey) is a risk-taking film-maker; that’s what makes her so exciting. And some, but not quite all, of the gambles she takes with this production pay off. The biggest of these is the casting of inexperienced and non-professional actors in the key roles. The young and the older versions of Cathy (played by Shannon Beer and Kaya Scodelario) are persuasive in their own way. Beer in particular has a grubby sensuality that is refreshing. Robbie Ryan’s cinematography is the film’s most evocative asset. (129min)
James Marriott in The Times also joins the talk about Jane Austen's Sanditon TV adaptation:
Luckily, there are lots of olden-days books to adapt. Trollope, Eliot, Dickens and the Brontës spent the 19th century helpfully churning out material that is perfect for Sunday night TV.
Newsday reviews Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott:
The subtlety of "Give Me Your Hand" lies in the nuance of the women’s relationship: how, particularly in our teenage years, those we idolize can be bad for us yet also push us to our greatest heights. Friendship can be both a poison and a tonic. Abbott alludes to other stories that are full of blood, poison and dark secrets: “Wuthering Heights,” “Hamlet," “Macbeth.” (Heather Scott Partington)
The Guardian has a pictorial summary of the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Sydney:
Hundreds of crimson-clad Kate Bush fans in Sydney take advantage of the city’s glorious winter weather to celebrate the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, an event in which people around the world recreate the British singer’s 1978 Wuthering Heights music video, inspired by Emily Brontë’s 1847 novel
More MWHDE news: Townsville Bulletin, Brisbane Times, Cairns Post, Il Post, Berlin 030, Blue Mountains Gazette..

El Cultural (in Spanish) interviews the film director José Luis Garci:
¿Con qué personaje se tomaría un café mañana?
Con las hermanas Brontë. Me gustaría saber si estaban tan locas como dicen. (Translation)
As many adjectives we can imagine to associate to the Brontës....crazy is not one of them.

Vietnam+ (in French) celebrates the theatre season of the programme "Théâtre éducatif" of the Hô Chi Minh-Ville Open University:
Cette saison 2018 du "Théâtre éducatif" comprenait quatre pièces tirées de quatre œuvres de la littérature anglaise et américaine: The Happy Prince d’Oscar Wilde, Agnès Gray d’Anne Brontë, Wuthering Heights d’Emily Brontë et My Sister’s Keeper de Jodi Picoult. (...)
Après avoir vu la pièce Agnès Gray, le Dr. David Campbell, principal intervenant à la Conférence internationale sur l’enseignement de l’anglais, tenue à Hô Chi Minh-Ville fin juin, a confié avec enthousiasme: "C'est unique! Ces étudiants ont un grand mérite de jouer en anglais une pièce tirée d’une grande œuvre littéraire étrangère". (...)
Sandra Swanepoel, enseignante américaine d’EMG Education, a encensé Wuthering Heights: "Excellent! Nous avons adoré". (Translation)
The writer Violeta Bellocchio recommends Wide Sargasso Sea in Libreriamo (Italy):
I libri da leggere quest’estate sotto l’ombrellone: andiamo su tre classici grandi e piccoli: Jean Rhys, “Il grande mare dei Sargassi” (Adelphi), una riscrittura potentissima di “Jane Eyre” raccontato dalla parte della futura moglie pazza in soffitta – se certi libri resistono al passare del tempo il merito non va certo a una moda passeggera[.] (Translation)
Vice (in Portuguese) lists Gothic preferences like Wuthering Heights. Electric Literature highlights a literary map (created by Quid Corner). Kiss the Bride Magazine has some Wuthering Heights wedding themes.
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July 14th is, since some years ago, the most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. For instance in Melbourne, Australia:
Come Wuther together!
Dress in all red and join us at 2pm for a wuther workshop with mass dance master Anna Go Go who can teach anyone and everyone the moves, then dance en masse to Kate Bush's iconic hit Wuthering Heights at 3pm.
To celebrate the sharing of Kate Bush's 60th with Emily Brontë's 200th Birthdays we will be having a charity afternoon tea with a performance from the amazing Kate Finkelstein performing a set from her show This Woman's Work - The Songs of Kate Bush.
Note: Costumes aren't essential, but dressing in all red is if you'd like to join in the mass dance.
A list, probably incomplete, of MWHDE celebrations around:
AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1396442997107003/
SYDNEY
https://www.facebook.com/events/2194367223912948/
BRISBANE
https://www.facebook.com/events/784863655052739/
GOLD COAST
https://www.facebook.com/events/224822454944502/
NEWCASTLE
https://www.facebook.com/events/251797405312364/
WARRAGUL
https://www.facebook.com/events/465616647202755/
BLUE MOUNTAINS
https://www.facebook.com/Most-Wuthering-Heights-Day-Ever-Blue-Mountains-NSW-454173658120146/
CANBERRA
https://www.facebook.com/events/280124715856156/
ADELAIDE
https://www.facebook.com/events/2062915917330043/
BUNBURY
https://www.facebook.com/events/436019900201474/

EUROPE
FOLKESTONE, UK
https://www.facebook.com/events/330423404132796/
DUBLIN, IRE
https://www.facebook.com/events/199041567364666/
INSHOWEN, IRE
https://www.facebook.com/events/215714409239659/
BERLIN
https://www.facebook.com/events/243336649551030/
COPENHAGEN
https://www.facebook.com/events/1848167052142850/
UPPSALA
https://www.facebook.com/events/251057455400479/
GOTHENBURG
https://www.facebook.com/events/1492055870881968/
BRUSSELS
https://www.facebook.com/events/1993841260936628/
ROTTERDAM
https://www.facebook.com/events/816100795225354/

THE AMERICAS
SAN FRANCISCO
https://www.facebook.com/events/158996714718666/
ATLANTA
https://www.facebook.com/events/708871622570627/
AUSTIN, TX
https://www.facebook.com/events/382400358943203/
BUENOS AIRES
https://www.facebook.com/events/190449751726508/

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lancashire Post shares a Brontë-related walk:
This month sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of that remarkable talent in a remarkable family, Emily Brontë author of ‘Wuthering Heights’ which has been a cornerstone in the canon of English literature ever since it was published in 1847. Emily was born in Yorkshire but was briefly schooled at Cowan Bridge. The School for Clergy Daughters had been founded by the Reverend Carus Wilson at a time when few people believed that girls should be educated at all. Despite the enlightened principle that established it in practice it was a place of abuse and privation later bitterly recounted by Emily’s sister Charlotte in ‘Jane Eyre’. On Sundays the pupils were marched from Cowan Bridge to the church of St John the Baptist at Tunstall where they had to endure fire and brimstone sermons of their patron not once but twice on subsistence rations. For the Brontë family there was a tragic outcome from this regime when two of Emily’s sisters - Elizabeth and Marie - died from complications following an outbreak of typhus at the school. The walk described below in part follows the route to Tunstall Parish Church as well as exploring the lovely countryside nearby. (Bob Clare)
The Telegraph & Argus mentions the publication of The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses by Karen Smith Kenyon:
An American based woman who lectures on the Brontes and their works has completed a new biography of the family.
Karen Smith Kenyon has written The Brontë Family; Passionate Literary Geniuses, which is being published this month by London-based Endeavour Media.
A spokesman for the publishers said: “The Brontë Family is a brief and accessible introduction to the siblings – including Branwell – and how their often difficult lives influenced the sisters’ novels in particular. (Miran Rahman)
What are the Vogue UK editors loving this week?
Hayley Maitland, Features Assistant
Emily has always been my favourite of the Brontë sisters, so I’m reading Wuthering Heights again ahead of the 200th anniversary of her birth this month. It’s an ever-so-slightly more nuanced study of romance than Love Island, which I’m also completely obsessed with - and has me dreaming of escaping the city for a trip to the Yorkshire moors.
The writer Dorothy Koomson chooses the collective upcoming book I am Heathcliff for summer reading in the Daily Mail.

DowntownNYC  talks about the upcoming auction at Peter Harrington of a first American edition of Wuthering Heights:
Wuthering Heights, by Emily is a literary work beloved for generations. July 30th marks what would have been Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday. Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, is offering buyers the opportunity to purchase a first American edition of the novel, at auction, in honor of the occasion. The rare book firm is also offering a collection of poems composed by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë, as well as library sets of ‘The Works of the Sisters Brontë.’ (Jenna Gyimesi)
Los Angeles Review of Books reviews A View of the Empire at Sunset:
In The Lost Child, he writes from the points of view of characters who are male and female, black and white, and also channels canonical British authors in a story whose cast of narrators includes not only Emily Brontë but her creation Heathcliff as well. (...)
In telling Rhys’s life (which spanned 1890–1979), Phillips does not even mention the novel that made her famous and landed her on thousands of reading lists, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). (...)
In Wide Sargasso Sea, the authoritative, long-term family servant Christophine tells Antoinette, the doomed Creole, “[w]oman must have spunks to live in this wicked world.” Antoinette, who lacks spunks, fades into a blank-eyed “doll” by the end of the chapter. In A View of the Empire at Sunset, a Dominican servant named Josephine tells young Gwen that “if you want to survive in this world you mustn’t let people read what you thinking. Now change your face […] Good, now your mouth is fixed I want you to look yonder with your eyes, and don’t blink. That is how your face must be when you talk with people, you hear? Make your eyes dead like so.” Fake indifference until you make it. (Erica Johnson)
The Brexit sitcom (now even with special guest stars, like the American rude rich cousin) is discussed in The New European. This description of the latest novel of Nadine Dorries made us ROTFLOL loco style:
The week’s unpleasantness has overshadowed the launch of Dorries’ new book, Shadows In Heaven, set in the west coast of Ireland during wartime. A masterpiece of in-depth research, the first 55 pages alone feature characters called Paddy, Seamus and Mrs Doyle, plus multiple mentions of twinkling eyes, red hair, whiskey, Guinness, stew, potatoes and variations on the phrase “so he does”.
There’s also the memorable sentence “her breasts ricocheted about like rocks in socks”, leaving readers to ponder how much time there can possibly be left before public demand forces Nadine to retreat from politics and devote herself full-time to literature, the Brexit Brontë our times truly deserve. (Steve Anglesey)
And now for something completely different. After the launching week of the Ministry of Silly Brexits, Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald discusses Monty Python:
I could go on and on talking about Monty Python sketches (“Wuthering Heights in Semaphore” is a personal favorite), but I just recommend checking it all out for yourself. (Holly Taylor)
More Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. In  Madison, WI:
Regardless of gender, age or ability to dance, we’re all invited to don red dresses and undulate wildly and freely just like Kate Bush in the video to her 1978 hit song “Wuthering Heights” on Saturday afternoon at James Madison Park. The song, based on the Emily Brontë novel by the same name, is central to the Most “Wuthering Heights” Day Ever, an international dance event now in its third year. (Joel Patenaude in Madison Magazine)
In Townsville (Australia), Berlin (Germany):
Nun treffen sich die Bush-Fans in Kreuzberg: „Wir wollen auf dem wilden, windigen Moor des Görlis unsere heiße, gierige Stimmung austanzen und unsere Albträume verjagen“, heißt es in der Ankündigung des Flashmobs, zu dem parallel auch in anderen Städten aufgerufen wird. (Maike Schultz in Berliner Zeitung) (Translation)
Related to the MWHDE events. Brooklyn Vegan interviews Jonas Bjerre, singer of Mew, who discusses his favourite albums:
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
This album has “Running Up That Hill”, “Hounds Of Love”, and “Cloudbusting” on it. When I was about 9 or 10, I would sit in the back seat of my parents car, and they’d play Kate Bush over the sound system. She was my first crush, I think, not even knowing what she looked like, just the sound of her voice, and the worlds she created with her music. She wrote “Wuthering Heights” when she was just 18. Can you imagine? Incredible. I don’t tend to listen to Kate Bush that often, because the excitement is often followed by this depressed state in which I feel like I might as well just pack it in.
Mansplaining à la Catholic in Patheos's Suspended in Her Jar:
I have similarly been informed that yes, my true fulfilment and joy is in domesticity, whether I feel it or not. If I don’t feel it, I must be an unnatural woman (weirdly, this same argument was made to Charlotte Brontë by the poet laureate of England, so even very intelligent men can be very stupid about women). (Rebecca Bratten Weiss)
The extinction of the middle children in The New York Magazine:
It’s hard to imagine a world without so many of the middle children we know of, she says. There’s Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony and David Letterman and Charles Darwin and Charlotte and Emily Brontë and Martin Luther King Jr. (Adam Sternbergh)
El País reviews the film Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al-Mansour:
Mi retina, mi oído, mi memoria y mi espíritu de solterón rancio guardan con infinito celo películas tan atractivas como Sentido y sensibilidad, Regreso a Howards End, Lo que queda del día y otras, Y tengo un recuerdo muy grato de adolescencia con una de las infinitas versiones de Jane Eyre, la que protagonizaba uno de mis actores favoritos, el Inmenso George G. Scott, y cuya preciosa banda sonora, sospecho que era uno de sus primeros trabajos, la firmaba el legendario John Williams. (Carlos Boyero) (Translation)
L'Ape Musicale (in Italian) reviews the performances of Brontë: The World Without at the Stratford Festival:
Interessante, per quanto non del tutto riuscita, l'idea di dedicare una pièce alla vita delle sorelle Brontë, sfortunate colonne portanti della narrativa anglosassone. (...)
Le attrici sono brave ma non straordinarie, almeno in questa produzione, in cui soprattutto Andrea Rankin (Anne) appare costantemente sopra le righe. (Giuliana Dal Piaz) (Translation)
On BBC Radio 4, In Our Time broadcasts again a 2015 episode on 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 Brontë. 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.
With
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
WithTheClassics vlogs about Jane Eyre.
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Tomorrow, in Sydney, Australia, a talk organized by the Australian Brontë Association:
Reacting to Wuthering Heights – Susannah Fullerton
Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM UTC+10
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel-171 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Many of us fall in love with Emily Bronte's great novel as teenage readers. But how do our responses to the book change as we grow older. Do we fall out of love with Heathcliff and Cathy? Do we see more or less in it than we saw before. Join Susannah Fullerton for a talk and discussion about Wuthering Heights

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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An upcoming audition of first editions of Brontë books will take place in London. Barron's informs:
A rare copy of the first American edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, priced at 75 cents when it was published by Harper and Brothers in New York in April 1848, is now selling for US$11,300 (£8,500) by Peter Harrington, a London-based rare bookseller
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Brontë’s birth on July 30, the bookseller is also offering a collection of poems published by the legendary Brontë sisters (Emily, Charlotte, and Anne), for US$44,000 (£35,000). (...)
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell , a collection of poems by the three sisters using their pseudonyms was published in 1846.
Out of the 1,000 original copies, just 39 were sold. The unsold stock of 961 copies was purchased by Smith, Elder & Co. following the success of Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre in 1847. The publisher re-issued the collection with a different title page.
The copy offered for sale was one of the 39 copies with the first title page. The slim volume has 19 poems by Charlotte ("Currer"), and 21 each by Emily ("Ellis") and Anne ("Acton"). (Fang Block)
Broadway World announces the upcoming performances in Houston of Jen Silverman's The Moors:
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company (MU) is kicking off the 2018-19 season with Jen Silverman's critically acclaimed black comedy, The Moors, playing August 30-September 15 at Chelsea Market Theater. Based on the lives of the famous Brontë sisters, this delightfully dark play satirizes stiff Victorian mores and the romantic escapism they induce.
Leight Times has a somehow pointless ironic comment on the involvement of Kate Bush's in the Brontë Stones project:
Thirty-five years ago, Kate had a moderate hit with a ditty entitled ‘Kathy Come Home!’ I can’t say I cared much for it myself – too shrieky! But, with its literary-style lyrics, it seemed to establish her a bit in the vein of a minor elder sister of ‘thinking’ songsmiths.
This record has been getting its second breath recently on the airwaves and in ‘disco’ folklore. Flushed with her rediscovered popularity and status, she’s decided openly to acknowledge that her masterpiece owed its genesis and her own subsequent glory to Emily Brontë’s Nineteenth Century novel, ‘Wuthering Heights’, with its theme of condemned love between the wild young gypsy lad Heathcliff and his beautiful but blinkered richer companion, Kathy.
What Ms Bush is now intending to do in gratitude is plant a little stone memorial somewhere on the Moors, where the classic romance unfolded, as a permanent attempt to put Emily on the map, where she feels she deserves to be.
As a further gesture of philanthropy and feminine solidarity, our modern-minded lady Poet Laureate, along with some female Scottish politician or other, are going to do the same thing to commemorate Emily’s sisters, Charlotte and Anne, for making a decent fist of writing a fair old tale or two themselves with ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’. (Gerry Harnden)
The London Review of Books reviews Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling
Proust took the alternative of a first-person narrative, nearly as canonical since the time of Constant or Charlotte Brontë, to lengths never attempted before, if also without overmuch coherence: the narrator not only reports Swann in the third person, but assumes on occasion an impossible omniscience in the first person. (Perry Anderson)
Elite Daily mentions the Jane Eyre's echoes of the latest episodes of The Handmaid's Tale:
Miller hinted having a mad wife in the attic, Jane Eyre-style, was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to Joseph Lawrence's story. (Ani Mundel)
Radio Montecarlo (Italy) and summer reads:
Cime Tempestose by Emily Brontë
L’opera unica della Bronte è ormai un grandissimo classico della letteratura inglese. Narra di una tormentata storia d’amore che deve fare i conti con la gelosia e la vendetta. (Translation)
On RNE (Spain), Ángeles Caso (author of Todo ese fuego) discusses Emily Brontë in the programme Gente Despierta. Ziarul de Iaşi (Romania) reminds us how Charlotte Brontë was accused of 'immorality' in some reviews of Jane Eyre. More Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever events: in Somerworth,

The Regal Critiques reviews My Plain Jane. Nut Free Nerd posts both on Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Les lectures de la Diablotine has read Emily Brontë, une vie by Denise Le Dantec. Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) continues showing her personal Jane Eyre collection.
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The winners of the Lyceum Theatre Oldham ‘Plotfest’ One Act Play Competition 2018 are performed  on July 13 and 14:
Lyceum Theatre Oldham has chosen three winner
s from 33 entries. Each receives a cash prize and a production at the theatre on 13 & 14 July 2018. (...)
The second prize goes to Manchester born and bred Bob Pegg. Researching for another project, he discovered that Charlotte Brontë and Karl Marx were both in Manchester on the same day in 1846. His play The Salutation imagines a meeting between these two great minds, using historical facts as well as dramatic licence to explore how their conversation may have gone. (...)
The three short plays will be performed as part of Greater Manchester Fringe Festival on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2018 at 7.30pm Tickets are on sale online for only £8.50.

Twister by Ian Gray
The Salutation by Bob Pegg
A Good Man by Patricia Cunningham

13 & 14 July 2018 7.30pm

Directed by Maggie Blasczcok 
With Ean Brugon, Ruth Wild and Bailey Maher-Syed.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Boar lists five facts you didn't know (well, if you are a usual reader of this blog you probably did know them by heart) about Emily Brontë:
Born on 30 July 1818, this month marks the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, the second youngest of the four surviving Brontë siblings. Last summer I was lucky enough to visit the Brontë Parsonage and contributed to the re-writing of the manuscript of Wuthering Heights to celebrate this bicentenary. Emily lived happily in her close-knit community, rarely seeking an opportunity to travel. Her famous literary works including Wuthering Heights (1847) and No Coward Soul is Mine (1846) reveal a striking contrast to her reserved personality. (Imogen Allport)
The New Yorker explores the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library:
The library categorizes these items as “Realia”—objects from everyday life. The Berg Collection includes Charlotte Brontë’s writing desk, with a lock of her hair inside; trinkets belonging to Jack Kerouac, including his harmonicas, and a card upon which he wrote “blood” in his own blood; typewriters belonging to S. J. Perelman and Paul Metcalf; Mark Twain’s pen and wire-rimmed glasses; Vladimir Nabokov’s butterfly drawings; and the death masks of the poets James Merrill and E. E. Cummings. (Gareth Smit)
If you are interested, you can check our own visit to the Berg Collection a few years ago.

Corridor8 reviews Kate Whiteford's exhibition Wings of Desire at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
By a deeply recessed arch window in the servant’s room in the parsonage, a film of wheeling birds and an ever-changing landscape plays itself out. Behind it lurks the eerie music of the Unthanks and amongst it the beautiful Yorkshire tones of Chloe Pirrie reading Emily Brontë’s The Caged Bird. Brontë rescued an injured hawk, nursed it to health and flew it on the moors. When she returned from Brussels, the hawk was gone and she writes that despite asking one and all but never saw him again. She had named him Nero.
Land artist Kate Whiteford has created a breath-taking double screen installation of images using digital film, Super 8 and aerial imagery to present the landscape from the human and from the bird’s eye perspective. (Karen Tobias-Green)
The Monitor lists several new YA books:
My Plain Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
The most delightful, gothic, ghostly mash up of the Brontës EVER, and I mean a real mash up! There was nothing about this book I didn’t love. The trio of authors has so much snark, and so much sass, you can’t help but laugh out loud throughout this story. The writing is awesome, the story is hilarious, the characters will have you eating out of the palms of their hands; they are that amazing! A twist on the original Jane Eyre, throw in a ghost and a murder mystery and you’ve got yourself a clever little gothic tale. (Margie Longoria)
The Cut talks about the new fashion ad campaigns for fall:
Fall 2018 ads are starting to hit the market, and they range from opulent to absurdist. Dior models posed on Parisian streets in newsboy caps and plaid pleated skirts, while Loewe models read copies of Madame Bovary and Wuthering Heights. (Aubri Juhasz)
Picture Credits: Steven Meisei.

The Australian talks about a scholar expert in the work of the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger:
The pieces provide insights into a broad range of places and subjects. These include Laurel and Hardy, Nazi propaganda films and The Third Man, set in Vienna, in which her twin, Helga, had a role.
Aichinger saw it once a week for decades. She was also an avid student of the Brontë sisters’ novels. (Tess Livingstone)
The New York Times reviews Robert Gottliebs's Near-Death Experiences...
One of the running subthemes in the book is the many-splendored ways contemporary movies mangle literature, biography and history, casting the tall “Nicole Kidman at her frostiest” as Thomas Wolfe’s warm, plump lover and muse Aline Bernstein in “Genius”; reducing Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in the film of the same name to a pair of rutting clotheshorses; and smothering the emotional tempests of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”: “The new film version of ‘Jane Eyre’ isn’t all bad, but it’s all wrong.” (James Wolcott)
ABC Radio's On Drive with Richard Glover (Australia) has a short piece on Emily Brontë:
200 years ago - this month - Emily Brontë was born, the author of one of the most unusual novels in all of literature, Wuthering Heights. Take a listen to literary lecturer Susannah Fullerton in this week's self improvement lesson.
Some of the Off-Off Broadway upcoming season is discussed on Broadway World:
Finally, Amina Henry's new play, The Great Novel, will round out the season in June 7 thru June 29, 2019. The production will partner with The Flea Theater's Anchor Program, with direction from Sarah Norris. For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans' housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. 
The Daily Telegraph discusses the new novel by Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach:
The main character Cathy, a famous concert pianist, strongly resembles her namesake in Wuthering Heights. (Emily MacDonald)
The Post-Star interviews James LaRosa, executive producer of the TV series Hit the Floor:
I think there are many different kinds of romantic possibilities and certainly there was something very Wuthering Heights about Zude. Everything was conflict and everything was 'you and me against the world' and with Noah ... who knows what will happen. (Interview by Jim Halterman)
Idaho Press interviews the writer Lois Requist:
Jeanne Huff: Who are your favorite authors and why?
LR: I started at 10 with the Brontë sisters. Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, and Henry James. Those are the old ones. James Michener, Jesmyn Ward, Saramago, Pamuk, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood. I need something that reaches me to my core, something I recognize as truth.
Onedio (in Turkish) lists several powerful real and fictional women:
18. Jane Eyre
Edebiyat tarihinin en güçlü kadın karakterlerinden biri Jane Eyre'dir. Charlotte Bronte'nin yarattığı karakter onurlu ve yaşadığı birçok zorluğa rağmen mücadele eden sabırlı bir karakterdi. (Sheida) (Translation)
Premiere (France) presents some films of the week in France:
Dark River by Clio Barnard
La cinéaste croise en filigrane l’idée du corps d’Alice (Ruth Wilson) injustement colonisé dans l’enfance par un père incestueux, avec cette terre que des promoteurs veulent arracher aux éleveurs. Tels deux animaux tout droits sortis d’un onirisme rural à la Brontë, la sœur et le frère se guettent, se battent et se rebiffent, tantôt l’un contre l’autre, tantôt l’un avec l’autre. (Translation)
Zonared (Spain) bitterly criticises After by Anna Todd:
Repito que se puede disfrutar de 'After', al igual que se puede disfrutar de 'Cincuenta sombras de Grey', de 'Crepúsculo' o de 'Cumbres borrascosas', pero hay que concienciar a la audiencia de que eso no es amor. (Sonia Sarria) (Translation)
We understand the point, but to put Wuthering Heights in such... colourful company is painful.

KBIA Radio recommends Wide Sargasso Sea as a summer reading; Blogger by the Sea gives reason to love Wuthering Heights; Pug and Books didn't like VilletteSmexy Books reviews My Plain Jane; Just One More Pa(i)ge posts about Brightly Burning; Rachel Sutcliffe has two new Brontë posts: a summary of the Rev Peter Mullins Brontë remembrance service on the Brontë Society's annual summer festival and an article on Mademoiselle Rachel (aka Villette's Vashti). The huge power of a tiny book on Eleanor Scorah's Objects blog:
Eleanor Scorah reports on an encounter with a minuscule book, during Durham’s Literary Juvenilia conference, which enticingly hints at the author who we would subsequently know and cherish as Charlotte Brontë.
The poet Jessica Grace Hanson tweets:
I was on radio Sheffield yesterday with @Rony37 talking about my Emily Brontë Poem [commissioned by @BronteParsonage] https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069tmh0 … (12 mins in) take a listen if you want.
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is all over the internet: Broadsheet Brisbane, Kent Online (Folkestone), Illawarra Mercury, de Standaard (in Brussels), Upsala Nya Tidning...