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Asked what book they are reading and many adults will come up with the name of some worthy or fashionable volume.EDIT: 9. Jane Eyre (top ten list in Times Colonist)
What they are less likely to tell you is that they are enjoying a children's book or a bodice-ripping tale of romance.
But these book are the favourite secret reads of British adults, according to researchers.
A quarter revealed their secret indulgence to be 19th century romances and classics such as Little Women, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
'Another,' the conceptual artist's installation at UC San Diego, gives passing students something to think about with its use of quotation panels and news tickers embedded in clock faces.Kruger selected the 33 quotes for their ability to speak to the present, though they date from vastly different places and times. Charlotte Brontë opines on the necessity of education to eradicate prejudices, Thomas Mann likens speech to civilization itself and Voltaire warns that "Those who make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." (Leah Ollman)We can't be 100% sure but we believe the quote will be:
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones. (Jane Eyre, ch. XXIX)And isn't that true of the secret reads survey as well?
"I have turned down some major parts … parts in established television shows because it isn't what I want to do," she said, adding that her dream role would be in a period drama. "Anything from an Austen or Bronte novel." (Emily Dunn and Elicia Murray)Given how many Brontë productions are in the works right now she should hurry up and try for a part.
Reports are coming out that Amy Winehouse is suffering from tuberculosis, more commonly known as TB, and could possibly die if not properly treated. Her doctors say she has been coughing up blood in addition to her weight loss that has almost become legendary - both symptoms of the deadly disease. In literary circles, TB is often debated as a disease that afflicts genius.Sure, because you get TB depending on your IQ or whatever makes a genius a genius. Now seriously, leaving aside the fact that Charlotte Brontë didn't die from TB, have they even stopped to consider the millions of anonymous people who died - and are still dying - from TB? Really, the 'geniuses' don't amount to much in the midst of those, and it shouldn't be something to be proud of.
Those struck down include the Brontë sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Anton Chekhov, Albert Camus, Honore de Balzac, Dylan Thomas, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, Molière, George Orwell, and the list goes on and on with the most celebrated names in literature. (Adrian Twist)