Saturday, March 02, 2013

Repairing Church Street

The New Yorker  and The Washington Post echo the news of Charlotte's to-be-auctioned poem in Bonhams:

I’ve Been Wandering in the Greenwoods,” a sixteen-line poem that Charlotte Brontë penned at the age of thirteen, is expected to sell for up to £45,000.
Erik DuRon, a manager of Bauman Rare Books in New York, has not seen this particular manuscript, but he said by phone that “Brontës are extraordinarily popular. Such material comes on the market infrequently at best.”
Juvenilia, such as this poem by a famous author when she was just 13, is of particular interest to “collectors who focus on individual authors and go deep,” DuRon said. “In as much as first editions and manuscript material from any period bring us closer to the mind of the author, juvenilia has a special claim to bringing us that much closer to their psychology and their early development.”
The Brontë manuscript is part of a collection amassed over many decades by the poet and scholar Roy Davids. Bonhams claims it is “the finest collection of poetry ever to come to auction.” The items will go on sale on April 10. (Ron Charles)
The news also appears in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner and The Times.

Haworth visitors in the coming weeks may be interested to know that
Work to re-lay and repair stone setts in Church Street, Haworth, has begun by contractors working for Bradford Council.
The work will repair the link between Main Street, the Parsonage Museum, the rear of the Church and the West Lane car park.
It should take about three weeks to complete and will involve the closure of Church Street to through traffic.
The contractors aim to re-open the road at weekends and residents who have a permit to park on Church Street will be able to use the museum car park.
Coun Val Slater, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Highways, said: “Haworth attracts visitors from across the world thanks to its special character and links to the Bronte sisters.
“This work should make the area between Main Street, the church and the Parsonage even more appealing and will, together with improvements to other parts of Main Street, benefit the village for years to come.” (Bradford Council)
Remember that the Brontë Parsonage Museum informs that
You can still reach us - don't worry. Either cross the car park to get to us, as usual, or follow our signs around the back of the church to get to us via the top of Church Street - we've fixed them to the church railings, and thank you, Peter Mayo-Smith, for letting us do so!
Mia Wasikowska's role on Stoker triggers lots of praises for her work in Jane Eyre 2011:
 “This is such a thrill, but really, really embarrassing in a year that saw so many extraordinary performances by women in leading roles,” Streep uttered. “How about Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre? Fantastic.”
Indeed, Wasikowska’s turn as the titular heroine in Jane Eyre was criminally overlooked, lost in a sea of more operatic on-screen portrayals. And with her pale, unostentatious visage and gift for malleability, it’s perhaps easy to bypass Wasikowska. (Marlow Stern in The Daily Beast)
Wasikowska has been one of the more dependable young actresses these last couple of years, though in spite of having a few starring roles, she wasn’t granted a cinematic space to make the most of them (Alice in Wonderland allowed for no interior space for its lead character, while Jane Eyre was too rushed and scattershot to make use of her otherwise astute take). (Scott Nye in CriterionCast)
Although she has dismissed that year as “a blip” she has since starred in Cary Fukunaga’s sensitive Jane Eyre, Gus Van Sant’s Restless and the prohibition-era crime drama Lawless, written by saturnine Aussie rock singer Nick Cave. (Helen Brown in The Telegraph)
Wasikowska is a force of nature. She has been that way since we first became aware of her on In Treatment. She can be both Alice in Wonderland and the darkest of conflicted characters, such as Jane Eyre. (Joel D. Amos in Movie Fanatic)
The actress is interviewed in the Evening Standard and explains an anecdote from Jane Eyre 2011:
You had an extra pocket sewn into your costume for Jane Eyre in which to carry a digital camera. Do you do the same for all your films?
For Jane Eyre there was so much fabric in my skirt that it was possible, but it’s not always so easy. I have got into trouble with costume departments for having a bulge. (Hannah Nathanson)
The Independent reviews Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing: The Hidden Lives of Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters by Jane Dunn:
Biographies of artists ofen ignore the interaction with siblings in favour of parent-child bonds, although those parallel life-trajectories, success stories and rivalries can tell us much. Think Dorothy and William Wordsworth; Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë; Alice and Henry James; Margaret Drabble and AS Byatt. (Helen Taylor)
New York Magazine's The Cut talks about the A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2013 collection:
And at AF Vandevorst, we loved the combination of a shearling vest that was cut with a regal drape over the shoulders and worn over a striking paisley-print, mid-nineteenth-century dress — there's something ghostly, wild, and cool about it, perfect for rambling the moors in Wuthering Heights, perhaps. (Veronica Misako Gledhill)
Catherine Jinks selects some women role models for the Sydney Morning Herald:
Literature is full of great heroines: Madame Bovary, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Therese Raquin . . .
I've loved reading about these women and have found inspiration in the books that tell their stories. I've been inspired by Jane Austen's wit and style, by Emile Zola's scene-setting, by Gustave Flaubert's characterisation. But the heroines themselves aren't very positive role models. They're more like big, fat warning signs. Though you can sympathise with them, it's not as if you want to be like them. Especially when they kill themselves because of sex.
"I'm glad I'm not her," is a thought that often enters my head after reading something like Wuthering Heights. Even Jane Eyre has to endure all kinds of tortuous episodes before she finds happiness. And though Austen's heroines might be more sensible and restrained, they're still heroines. They're still the focal point of a strongly imagined drama.
The Awl talks about Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise:
(When I was rewatching, I was thinking about the burn-down-the-house fires in Rebecca and Jane Eyre… or the flaming gymnasium at the end of Carrie: Like all pent-up female rage ultimately ends narratively in SOMETHING VERY BIG BURNING DOWN.) (Maud Newton and Carrie Frye)
This columnist from AftonBladet (Sweden) has a fixation with the song Burning Flags by Cookies'n Beans and its Brontë connections. Once again:
Bidraget är svaret på frågan: hur skulle författaren Charlotte Brontë låta om hon flyttade till Nashville och satsade på country i stället? Barock och pampig countrypop utan krusiduller. (Markus Larsson) (Translation)
Clarín's Ñ (Argentina) talks about passion in films:
Hay muchas películas de amor, pero pocas de ese amor que lo arrasa todo. El detonador de este tópico fue la visión del filme de Louis Malle “Una vez en la vida”, en una de mis tantas noches de insomnio. Desecho títulos como “Cumbres borrascosas”, “Lo que el viento se llevó” o “Casablanca” por demasiado obvios. (Jorge Carnevale) (Translation)
EFE presents the first novel of Carlota Lama, El encuentro de las aguas:
Y es en Insúa, esta pequeña isla portuguesa en la desembocadura del Miño, donde se desarrollará una historia, con aromas de "Cumbres borrascosas" o valleinclanescas, que pone la lupa sobre lo mejor y lo peor del ser humano. (Translation)
Look at the center of the back row.
The North Jersey Record talks about some local libraries offering e-readers for patron circulation, the devices contain among other novels, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre; allMomento (Dominican Republic) likens the Barrick Gold mining company Dominican affaire with Wuthering Heights; Mes Impressions De Lecture – Denis Billamboz (in French) reviews Jane Eyre; The Literary Knitter explores the idea of conditional love in Jane Eyre; the Brontë Sisters talks about the animals and the Brontës; Blog of an aspiring movie buff reviews Jane Eyre 2011; The Powell Blog posts a series of captions from Jane Eyre 1996.

Finally, a curiosity, Broadway World publishes some pictures of the Oscar 2013 winner Anne Hathaway first theatre works, including a New Jersey Paper Mill Playhouse 1997 Jane Eyre production where she was merely one of the Lowood girls.

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