Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ahead of Its Time

Martin Stannard's biography of Muriel Spark is getting published in paperback and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reviews it:

Early in her career, before Spark became a famous and best-selling novelist in this country as well as her own, she wrote biographies, immersing herself in particular in studies of the Brontës. (Carl Rollyson)
The Times interviews the Jones sisters: Melissa (novelist) and Sadie (screenplay writer). Melissa remembers:
But I never felt like a child, I felt like a grown-up. I got into Jane Eyre aged 8 and Anna Karenina aged 11, and Sadie was never going to go there with me. (Caroline Scott)
The Star (Malaysia) celebrates the upcoming World Book Day with a contest:
To celebrate World Book Day on April 23, we’re offering you the chance to win 26 of the most influential and beloved classics of all time. (...)
Here’s a guide to these classics, which are available at all Popular Bookstores nationwide. (...)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: This influential and partly autobiographical novel offers pointed social criticism of the society in which Bronte (1816-1855) lived and is considered to be ahead of its time. Her title character undergoes much privation and suffering before finding true love in the arms of the mysterious and Byronic Edward Rochester. (Malini Dias)
We have a Wuthering Heights mention in a terrible, terrible story of child abuse published in The Independent:
She escaped into a private fantasy world, dreaming of becoming a fashion designer and giving herself the alias of the Wuthering Heights character, Catherine Earnshaw. (Martin Hickman)
Risky Regencies interviews Emery Lee, author of The Hightest Stakes:
Here at Risky Regencies we’re all about risky. What is risky about The Highest Stakes? (...)
I have always been most drawn to stories with a darker side, heavily empathizing with the “tortured” characters in some my favorite novels - Rebecca, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights.
Arbirtrary Vanity doesn't like Anne Brontë too much but she succumbs to other forms of Brontëism.

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