Saturday, February 09, 2013

Re-Opening

Ann Dinsdale, acting director of the Brontë Parsonage Museum (Source)
The Telegraph & Argus and Culture24 talk about the Brontë Parsonage's re-opening including a new picture of Patrick Brontë's study:
The newly-restored Brontë Parsonage Museum, which re-opens tomorrow [for today], is the closest visitors will get to the world that inspired some of the greatest novels ever written.
Painstaking work has been done to restore rooms at the Brontë sisters’ Haworth house to their original state, complete with furniture, fittings and stationery from the period in which they wrote their masterpieces.
And on the Brontë Parsonage Facebook you can find several pictures of yesterday's re-opening party at the Old Schoolroom. The artist Ashley Jackson also tweets about his visit.

The Hull Truck Theatre Jane Eyre UK tour arrives in Windsor and the Reading Chronicle talks about it:
A production of an English literary classic is set to be bought to vivid life as 'theatre of the imagination' by one of the most innovative touring theatre companies in the UK.
The Hull Truck Theatre Company will bring their interpretation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre to The Firestation, Windsor, next week - using only three actors and the contents of the truck from the which the Hull-based company got its name. (...)
Jane Eyre will be no different, with the action unfolding on one set and actress Viktoria Hay taking on nine separate roles.
Director Nick Lane said: "In the book, there is so much travelling, indoors and outdoors, and the theatres we go to do not have the luxury of a revolving set, so we create a theatre of the imagination. We move the chairs and change the lighting a bit. It's good for the audience as they aren't spoon fed and they can imagine it for themselves."
Financial Times interviews the writer Chloe Hooper:
Who are your literary influences?
Are influences the same as writers I like? They are Graham Greene, Janet Malcolm, Charlotte Brontë and JM Coetzee. (Anna Metcalfe)
The Salt Lake Tribune reviews the local performances of the play Clybourne Park. The review begins with the following Brontë/Rhys reference:
Writer Jean Rhys wrote her most famous work, the 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea, based on Charlotte Brontë’s madwoman in the attic from Jane Eyre. Thousands of writers since — see E.L. James’ phenomenal success with Fifty Shades of Grey — have reimagined other writers’ characters into their own. (Ben Fulton)
Publishers Weekly talks with the Christian author, Julie Klassen:
What’s so Christian about the stories of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters? For Julie Klassen, author of The Girl in the Gatehouse (Bethany House, 2011) and The Silent Governess (Bethany House, 2010), it wasn’t that the books that drew her to write Regency-era Christian romances were overtly religious, but that they were Christian in worldview. (Kimberly Winston)
A list of famous sisters can be found in the Huffington Post:
It’s unlikely that the world will ever again encounter a set of literary siblings as awe-inspiring as the Brontës. Raised in a polluted town in the Yorkshire moors by their widowed father, Patrick, the painfully shy sisters reputedly wrote by candlelight long into the night.
The result was at least three classics of English literature (“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë; “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë; and “The Tenant of Wildfell” (sic) by Anne Brontë), written under the respective pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
But brilliance was no match for tuberculosis, which wiped out the entire family in their relative youth. Ann Brontë died at 29 (in 1849), the same year as her brother, Branwell, an artistic wastrel and gambling addict upon whom the sisters had always doted. Emily was dead a year later, at 30. Charlotte made it to 38 when, newly married and pregnant, she too succumbed.
But their Gothic accounts of lonely girls, cruel headmasters, and tortured romantics (see Healthcliff and Mr. Rochester) live on.  (Lucinda Rosenfeld )
El Siglo de Correón (México) talks about Ann Radcliffe's influence on many authors:
Otros autores reconocidos utilizaron las novelas de "La Reina Gótica" para sus trabajos, entre ellos se encuentra Jane Austen, quien conocía y admiraba a Ann y realizó una parodia de "Los Misterios de Udolfo", titulada "La abadía de Northanger", también influyó en el autor escocés Sir Walter Scott, Édgar Allan Poe menciona "Los Misterios de Udolfo" en su relato del "Retrato Oval", incluso el personaje de Jane Eyre creado por Charlotte Brontë está muy similar a los personajes femeninos de las novelas de Radcliffe. (Diana Canales-Pereyra) (Translation)
The Times of India makes suggestions for V-Day:
If reading is what moves you more than anything else, then treat yourself to some romantic read by picking some acclaimed novels like Wuthering Heights, Memoirs of a Geisha, Pride and Prejudice et al. (Navya Malini)
Sir Bernard Ingham poses the following question in the Todmorden News:
This in turn raises questions about the modernisation of old farms on the edge of the moors. Do we prefer wrecks, sometimes held together by cement like Wuthering Heights, to homesteads that are lived in and raise communal revenue?
The Bradford tourist office is not very happy about this poll saying that Bradford is the second most unromantic place in the country. The Telegraph & Argus informs:
But the findings were last night given the cold shoulder by Bradford Council’s tourism chief and a city hotel boss, who pointed out that Haworth, famed of course for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, as well as attractions in the city centre meant it was the ideal location for love.
The national poll of about 2,000 people, commissioned by Hotels.com, found that the Lake District was the most romantic, followed by Cornwall and then the Cotswolds. (Jessica Nightingale)
The Times recommends the best places in Yorkshire to see the Tour de France in 2014:
Also on the second stage are Haworth and Holmfirth, both in the Pennine moors.Try Ashmount Country House (01535 645726, ashmounthaworth.co.uk), where you can watch the cyclists from the end of the lane, and smart Brook House B&B (01422 244339, www.brookhouseyorkshire.com), in Brontë country. (Julia Brookes)
L'Avenir (Belgium) explains the curious story of Heathcliff Collin, football player:
Le prénom du portier ne manque pas d’interpeller ceux qui le croisent. «C’est vrai que c’est assez spécial, sourit-il. Il vient d’Irlande. À douze ans, ma mère a regardé le film «Les Hauts de Hurlevent». C’est le prénom d’un des acteurs dans le film (!!!!) et elle s’est dit que son fils s’appellerait comme ça. Elle ne l’a jamais oublié. Je n’ai aucune origine irlandaise, toute ma famille est belge ou luxembourgeoise.» (M. Gol) (Translation)
Beatrice Hitchman chooses the best debut novels on the Bristol Women's Literature Festival blog:
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Called “wild, confused, disjointed, and improbable” when it was first published, Wuthering Heights is often thought of as Jane Eyre’s psychotic twin: which is fun, because Emily Brontë really was Charlotte’s sister, and I sometimes wonder if the pillow fights ever got out of hand. It’s a cri de coeur, all right, but a glorious one, which continues to inspire terrible romantic behaviour every single day – and I like my books a bit wild, so this is what I’ve chosen as my number one debut of  all time.
Inspiration for Creation interviews the author Allison Blanchard:
Becca J. Campbell: What are your favorite novels?
AB: Ah! My favorite novels would have to be “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, “The Guardians of Time Trilogy” by Marianne Curley, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, “The Carny” by Brooke Moss, and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.
CultureShock interviews another writer, Sarah Playdell:
My favorite character in literature –at the current moment anyway—is Jane Eyre. I love her independence, her spirit and her practicality. I pull up the covers and brace myself with dread and glorious anticipation for that first scene in the Red Room where her wicked Aunt Reid abandons Jane to her nightmares, and then for the Lowood section (the cruel Dickensian boarding school for orphans, paupers and recalcitrant girls where Aunt Reid consigns her niece); it is here Jane loses her best friend and first real soul mate, Helen Burns. It is a real tearjerker, a two-hankie job, every time. Yet in every situation where Jane is tested, Jane prevails so that when she comes to the brink of madness herself, after Mr. Rochester’s first marriage is revealed, the reader feels confident she will transcend this tribulation as she has the others before. What I love about her is that she is both a passionate and moral being who struggles to reconcile the two sides of her self with fastidious integrity. And it’s a great love story. The best!
Webnoviny (Slovakia) talks about the Parsonage redecoration (but uses a picture of Chawton House); Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), ANI or ActuaLitté (France) talk about the Parsonage new "explosion of colours"; e-teatr (Poland) reports the death of Danuta Żmij-Zielińska, who was the Polish translator (among many others) of Susanne Schneider's theatre piece Noce sióstr Brontë; Emily Brontë's Warning and Reply is featured on Poets United; Brontë Weather Project posts some examples of places and business  which feature the Brontë name; Ball State English Department posts about Jane Eyre; Let's Get Classical! and Magicandmystery review Wuthering Heights; Il Giardino dei Libri Segreti (in Italian) reviews Juliet Gael's Romancing Miss Brontë; Great Minds Think Alike (in Portuguese) posts about Jane Eyre 1997; Your Hidden Shelf posts about Villette; paganhills uploads some pictures of Wycoller Hall to Flickr.

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