Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Albin Schram's Brontë letters bought by the Brontë Society

The Telegraph & Argus (and also the Christie's website) publish the final results of the auction of the Albin Schram Manuscripts Collection at Christie's just yesterday:

A letter written by Charlotte Bronte berating the critics of her second novel, Shirley in 1849, has been sold at Christie's, the London-based auctioneers, for £21,600.

And a letter written by her father, the Reverend Patrick Bronte, right, showing concern about a parishioner's health, went under the hammer for £3,100.

Both letters have been bought by the Howarth-based (sic!) Bronte Society. (...)

Ann Dinsdale, the Bronte Parsonage Museum librarian at Haworth, said: "Charlotte wrote the letter shortly after she had lost her brother and sister and she was feeling vulnerable and wanted support and encouragement."

Her father's letter was interesting because it contradicted the myth Patrick, above, was aloof and revealed he was a compassionate man, she said.

EDIT (5/07/07): The Brontë Parsonage Blog publishes more information about the letters.

Changing topics let's take a look at the blogosphere. Anhedonia has attended a performance of Jane, the Kalamazoo Ballet Company production that we presented some days ago:
This is the first Ballet company that ever adapted the Charlotte Bronte novel, Jane Eyre into a ballet. I was truly honored to see one of my favorite books of all time translated into dance … ballet even … and done so artfully. I loved the crucifixion imagery when Jane encounters Reverend St. John Rivers in the stormy woods after Rochester had broken her fragile heart. And both Jane’s strength and fragility were portrayed in this production … not an easy task I am guessing for the very talented 15 year old ballerina who played Jane.
Take a look on The Further Adventures of DeLuzy for potential and imaginative uses of YouTube and Jane Eyre. Butterflyjemily reviews Jane Eyre 1996 and finally, mikedoug continues reading Wuthering Heights and sharing his views on it.

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