Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:45 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
Today's the day when Charlotte Brontë's manuscript poem is going under the hammer at Bonhams. La Stampa (Italy) features the poem.

USA Today's Happy Ever After has romance writer Karen Erickson tell about 'why tortured heroes are so tempting'. One of them is Mr Rochester:
There's something captivating about the tortured, wounded hero, isn't there? They've been in romantic literature for pretty much as long as romantic literature has been around. Mr. Rochester (from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) is the perfect early example. Mysterious, full of secrets, brooding and quiet, he captures both Jane's and the reader's attention right from the start. I remember reading the book in high school — and I loved it. That Mr. Rochester was downright scary sometimes but I didn't care. I needed// him to fall in love with Jane. Forget the crazy wife locked away — he and Jane belonged together! (Joyce Lamb)
And more from USA Today's Happy Ever After. Here's one of the inspirational recommendations:
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd (Thomas Nelson). If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, you will love Sarah E. Ladd's debut. Amelia Barrett promises to raise her dying friend's baby and she'll risk everything to keep her word — even propose to the child's father. When the child goes missing, fear for the child's safety drives Amelia and Lucas to test the boundaries of their love for this infant and each other. (Joyce Lamb)
We really don't know if it's a blunder but saying, 'if you are a fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre' is a silly thing to say all the same.

Todo Literatura (Spain) interviews writer Manuel Vilas whose novel El luminoso regalo is described as having an obvious influence from Wuthering Heights. Página 12 (Argentina) interviews another writer, Betina González, whose discusses her novel Las poseídas.
–Es relevante el papel que tiene cierta zona de la poesía y la narrativa inglesa, como Shelley y Donne. ¿Por qué eligió estos poetas y escritores?
–No es tanto una elección sino un proceso por el cual echás a andar un mundo y un personaje se llena de voces que le corresponden. Entonces, John Donne y sus poemas sobre la muerte. Pero también hay una conexión con la literatura gótica inglesa, sobre todo con las hermanas Brontë. Hay ciertos motivos de la literatura gótica que en la novela se vuelven una matriz importante para crear este personaje oscuro, dark, más moderno. Sin ser una novela gótica, con los motivos del gótico pude construir a Felisa de una manera más compleja. Cuando echás a andar un mundo tan oscuro como el de esta novela, te va llevando por la senda de Donne, de Shelley, por ese sentimiento más melancólico y suicida. Un poco me propuse jugar con ese imaginario de cierta literatura oscura. El gótico fue un movimiento de reacción contra el iluminismo, contra la idea de que el ser humano puede ser conocido hasta en su último rincón a partir de la razón. La creación del monstruo en el gótico fue una forma de mostrar que hay un costado de lo humano tan oscuro que no puede ser conocido por la ciencia, ni por el discurso filosófico racional. Me interesan los rincones oscuros, más que los luminosos. (Silvina Friera) (Translation)
The Stage reviews the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts BA Acting Showcase.
It is always a pleasure to be at a showcase which presents varied material. So, as well as the Romeo and Juliet piece it was good to hear Harriet Hare finding all the right determination and certainty for Cathy describing her love for Heathcliff in an extract from Wuthering Heights. (Susan Elkin)
Indystar reminds readers that film adaptations of books aren't a new thing and cites Wuthering Heights 1939 as an example. The Rock River Times mentions a  first runner-up at the Poetry Out Loud State Competition who recited Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun by Emily Brontë. The International Business Times recalls that hyperemesis gravidarum 'contributed' to Charlotte Brontë's death while A Penguin Writes discusses the Brontës and TB. Surrender to the Void reviews Wuthering Heights 2011. To the Russian Poets has posted a Jane Eyre-inspired poem.


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