Friday, March 01, 2013

More newspapers carry the story of Charlotte's to-be-auctioned poem. From the Yorkshire Post:
Scholar and collector Roy Davids, who is selling the manuscript, believes it is a genuine rarity.
“The Brontës are among the most important figures in English literature and to have any manuscript in Charlotte’s handwriting is not common, especially at such a young age.
“To find a poem by Charlotte Brontë is particularly rare and that is why it’s so significant,” he says. [...]
Mr Davids, an auctioneer and collector for the past 40 years, bought the manuscript more than 20 years ago in the United States and decided the time had come to sell it.
“I’m not going to materially add anything to this collection of poetical manuscripts and there comes a time to move it on for someone else to treasure.
“That’s how collections work. I think if everything was just in libraries there wouldn’t be collectors and that would be sad.”
He expects there will be a great deal of interest in Charlotte’s poem from all over the world when it goes up for sale.
“The last thing by the Brontës that sold about a year ago was a minuscule notebook and that made over £900,000,” he says.
That went to a museum in Paris, proof that the enduring appeal of Haworth’s famous literary clan stretches beyond our own shores.
“The Brontës are right up there in the pantheon of English literature and that is why their work is so valuable.” (Chris Bond)
Also in The Times, ITV NewsThe Telegraph and the New York Daily News' Page Views.

More Jane Eyre 2011 mentions in reviews of the film Stoker. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mia Wasikowska is
great at repressing emotions, as she did brilliantly in "Jane Eyre," and, as the same film showed, at expressing them. (Joe Morgenstern)
The New York Times thinks that,
Ms. Wasikowska has played Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Lewis Carroll’s Alice, and there is something literary about the watchful, musically gifted India. (A. O. Scott)
And The Huffington Post disagrees:
For Wasikowska, whose character India is a far cry from her usual "Alice in Wonderland" and "Jane Eyre" roles, the process was more like a game of pretend. (Liat Kornowski)
The columnist at Stuff's Reading is Bliss chooses her favourite literary villains and among them is
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë)
There is actually little that is redemptive about the character of Heathcliff. He's a sociopath, no two ways about it. Even his love for Catherine Earnshaw was portrayed as something that was as unnatural as his fractured soul, but there is something infinitely seductive about his ability to obsess over one woman for life. Perhaps something that is lacking in modern day romances? I'm joking! A little. (Karen Tay)
The Star reviews the book The Engagement by Chloe Hooper.
What we do know is that, after the guests leave, there is a rough encounter between them. After, he lays out a used wedding dress for her to wear: “I breathed in the scent of other brides: their joy and fear and hope and remorse.”
The Black Swan. Jane Eyre. Miss Havisham. The literary characters referenced marks this firmly as a modern take on the idea of power and control between women and men. We almost believe there’s a mad mother somewhere in the abandoned parts of the estate. (Deborah Dundas)
A columnist at El Espectador (Colombia) finds that Harold Bloom's list of greatest women writers is 'nauseatingly Anglosaxon':
Así por ejemplo, según Harold Bloom, uno de los grandes gurús de la literatura occidental, las mejores escritoras de la Historia han sido Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charlotte y Emily Brontë, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Murasaki Shikibu, Iris Murdoch, Flannery O’Connor, Christina Rossetti, Edith Wharton y Virginia Woolf. Y hablando a calzón quitado, su lista me parece nauseabundamente anglosajona, aun no teniendo nada en contra de ninguna de esas doce autoras: es más, entre ellas se cuentan tres de mis mayores amores literarios.
Pero al parecer Bloom no ha leído jamás a Safo, Selma Lagerlöf, Else Lasker-Schüler, Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Yourcenar, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Grazia Deledda, Teresa de la Parra, Gabriela Mistral, Clarice Lispector, Wislawa Szymborska e tutti quanti.
O todavía mucho peor: las ha leído y no supo evaluar la grandeza de sus obras. (Ricardo Bada) (Translation)
The Ilkley Gazette recalls that this happened 25 years ago:
The Brontë Museum at Haworth has been left two photographs and an envelope written by Charlotte Brontë. 
Wired discusses anonymity and mentions Ellis Bell. The York Press reports that, 
Dutch singer, dancer and pianist Maaike Breijman shares her July 30 birthday with Kate Bush and Emily Brontë. Perhaps it was fate she should end up presenting a tribute show to the English singer-songwriter whose career was kick-started by a teenage number one inspired by Brontë’s book, Wuthering Heights.
“When I first heard that song, I must have been eight or nine and I guess I was intrigued,” says Maaike, who is 36 now and is playing the Grand Opera House in York on Thursday in Wow – The Show: A Celebration of the Music & Artistry of Kate Bush.
“When I was 16, Kate Bush’s name started coming up again and I thought I should start finding out about her as people were comparing us, saying I looked like her and sounded like her.
“I obviously only knew that one song and I didn’t really know what she looked like but when I found out more, I was really flattered.
Taking the comparison in her stride, Maaike nevertheless admits “it’s a bit freaky, especially as we both share our birthday with Emily Brontë” (Charles Hutchinson)
Spanish posts on Jane Eyre on La Nariz de Nefer and Mi rincón preferido.

USA Today talks about Tilly Bagshawe's Fame and its Wuthering Heights references:
In Fame, the movie my characters are working on is a remake of Wuthering Heights, arguably one of the greatest love stories ever written. Cathy and Heathcliff are emblems of forbidden, impossible, tempestuous love. Laurence Olivier famously played Heathcliff, and his relationship with the serially unfaithful Vivian Leigh was one of the inspirations behind Dorian and Chrissie's stormy marriage. (Joyce Lamb)
An alert for those in the Salt Lake City area, as reported by The Digital Universe:
The Utah Symphony joins with Broadway stars to perform compositions from the musical theater duo Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.
The touring show “Do You Hear the People Sing: From Les Mis to Miss Saigon” will be performed on Mar. 1 and 2 at Abravanel hall. Selected compositions from Boublil and Schönberg’s musicals to be performed include “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre,”The Pirate Queen” and “Wuthering Heights.” (Spencer Minnick)
And finally something of interest to those planning on going to Haworth in the coming weeks. From the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page:
If you're planning a visit to the Parsonage at any point over the next 6 weeks, be aware that the council are digging up Church Street to relay the setts (cobbled stones) so that they lie flatter. This is great news, but obviously we don't want people to think they can't get to us! 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!


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