Friday, November 05, 2010

Infantine Guy Fawkes

Today is the 'fifth of November' - Guy Fawkes Night - and according to Associated Content,

Guy Fawkes' name is celebrated in the works of John Milton (Paradise Lost) Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre), Charles Dickens (David Copperfield), and J.K Rowling (Chamber of Secrets). (Kay Kay)
When it comes to Charlotte Brontë, 'celebrated' is being used in a very, very loose way. All Charlotte Brontë wrote was,
Abbot said, in discussing the subject with Bessie when both sat sewing in the nursery one night, after I was in bed, and, as they thought, asleep, "Missis was, she dared say, glad enough to get rid of such a tiresome, ill-conditioned child, who always looked as if she were watching everybody, and scheming plots underhand." Abbot, I think, gave me credit for being a sort of infantine Guy Fawkes. (Jane Eyre, chapter III)
A huge celebration of Guy Fawkes, as you can see.

Jacket Copy - a Los Angeles Times blog - interviews author Jay Varner, who doesn't seem to like Wuthering Heights very much:
JC: Which teacher assigned it? Did she assign lots of good or bad reading?
JV: Mrs. Richards actually did assign some great reading. "A Separate Peace" and "The Great Gatsby" were the most memorable -- and books I continue to read every few years. That made assigning Wharton, Hawthorne and "Wuthering Heights" at least forgivable. We did, however, watch the Mel Gibson version of "Hamlet" rather than read the play because we ran out of time at the end of the year. That's kind of unforgivable. (Carolyn Kellogg)
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek sounds more like a fan of the novel, at least judging from what he says to The Globe and Mail.
Mr. Trebek and his wife, Jean Currivan-Trebek, love to holiday in England, where they walk the moors “like Heathcliff and Catherine.” (Gloria Galloway)
Associated Content has an article on film director Robert Stevenson which discusses briefly his Jane Eyre (1944). And Suite 101 has a new, short article on Anne Brontë. Mystica gives a 5 out of 5 to Juliet Gael's Romancing Miss Brontë.

And finally, Brookline TAB reports that the local Church of Our Saviour will be having a book sale which includes 'books by Brontë'.

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