Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:59 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
The Brontë Society website reports on Saturday's ceremony at Anne Brontë's grave in Scarborough:
As the service started the rain stopped and though it was chilly the skies were blue. We were very grateful to the vicar of St. Mary's, Martyn Dunning, who officiated (some members will remember him from our last visit to Scarborough). As Chair of Council I had the joyful task of welcoming everyone and explaining how the plaque was arrived at: to ensure that those who make pilgrimage there in the future see as generations have before the headstone and its inscription while leaving the grave undisturbed. A selection of readings followed including two of Anne's poems and her last letter. Flowers were set down and a moment’s silence concluded the service.
By the time we gathered outside the Grand Hotel for a walk around Anne Brontë's Scarborough the sun was with us. Led by Trevor Pearson of English Heritage, we were given an outstanding tour of the town. I had never visited the site of Christchurch before and what a poignant moment it was to see the site of Anne’s funeral now re-developed. Trevor was able to point out the buildings that Anne would have known, the town she arrived at, loved and spent her final days in.
My sincere thanks to Chris Went who arranged the day. Thanks also to trustees Susan Aykroyd, Anne Simpson and Doreen Harris and Membership Officer Peter Morrison who supported this special day.
Sally McDonald
Chairman, The Brontë Society Council
Author Ángeles Caso has written an article on the Brontë sisters for La Vanguardia (Spain).
Escribo este artículo en una pensión de Haworth, mientras la tarde cae con una magnífica luz plateada sobre el puñado de árboles aún desnudos que se alzan al borde de los páramos, más allá de mi ventana. Haworth es un pueblo pequeño del norte de Inglaterra, en la comarca de Yorkshire. Algunos historiadores sostienen que este fue uno de los lugares donde comenzó la revolución industrial, cuando a principios del siglo XVIII ciertos tejedores instalaron fábricas dotadas de sistemas hidráulicos que acrecentaron enormemente la producción de tejidos.
Pero lo que me ha traído hasta aquí no son los orígenes de la clase proletaria, sino el recuerdo de tres mujeres únicas que vivieron en este pueblo en la primera mitad del XIX: Charlotte, Emily y Anne Brontë, autoras de novelas y poemas excepcionales, que asombran aún más cuando se conoce un poco a sus autoras. Las hermanas Brontë eran hijas del párroco protestante de este lugar. Tuvieron una infancia extraña. Perdieron muy pronto a su madre y a las dos hermanas mayores. Vivían austeramente del sueldo del padre, pero se educaron de manera excepcional: desde muy pequeñas, leyeron absolutamente todo lo que caía en sus manos, incluyendo los periódicos y los grandes clásicos; al mismo tiempo, corrieron infatigables como niñas semisalvajes por los páramos, aprendiendo a reconocer cada árbol y cada piedra. (Read more) (Translation)
Similar personality traits are used by Fabula (France) in a review of the book Leçons de solfège et de piano by Pascal Quignard where
Il évoque ses trois grand-tantes : Juliette, Marthe, Marguerite, toutes trois musiciennes – modestes, délicates, mystérieuses, silencieuses, fascinantes comme les sœurs Brontë. (Marielle Macé) (Translation)
The Charlotte Observer reviews the book The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.
She's a distant relation of Brontë's madwoman in the attic, a descendant of Thoreau's quietly desperate men, and to round out the literary allusions, an artist - she makes feminist-themed, Joseph Cornell-like dioramas - in need of a studio of her own. (Ann Levin)
Library Journal features several books about drinks and cocktails, one of which is
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle (Running Pr.). Federle’s quip of a cocktail guide mixes Jane Eyre with gin and Shakespeare with juleps. (Neal Wyatt)
Heraldo de Aragón (Spain) interviews Brontëite writer Carmen Santos.
¿Qué novelas tenía en la cabeza antes de ponerse a escribir? Pensaba en mis admirados novelistas del siglo XIX: Dickens, Stendhal, Tolstoi, Flaubert, Perez Galdós, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen… Quería escribir una de esas novelas llenas de pasiones, traiciones y venganzas que narran varias décadas en las vidas de los personajes. (Antón Castro) (Translation)
Another Brontëite writer: Marta del Riego Anta as interviewed by Diario de León (Spain).
—Un personaje imprescindible en la literatura (o en la vida).—Don Quijote y Sancho Panza, no creo que nadie haya reflejado mejor el ser español. Los Buendía de Cien años de Soledad y Jane Eyre, una poderosa heroína romántica. (Translation)
Teen Ink has a short story with a couple of Brontë mentions:
“You're not in love with me. You're in love with playing the Heathcliff to my Catherine, the ­Sinbad of the Skies to my Arianna M. Ether. You want to be a Branwell Brontë; the woman is insignificant. Go languish for love someplace else!” (MoandBrowniegirl)
The Times talks about the show of the comedian Eddie Izzard:
What links Charles I, the Romans, Edward the Confessor, Wuthering Heights and the Tour de France? Just his ability to be funny about them, really. (Dominic Maxwell)
This is what Cine Vue says about the Blu-ray of Baron Blood:
Giallo master Mario Bava's camp schlockfest has more classic Gothic tropes than you can shake a Brontë sister at. (Chris Fyvie)
Wales Online discusses boarding school life for children:
Emma Taylor, headteacher at Christ College, Brecon, said boarding schools have the capacity to both extend and enhance academic learning “and also to have a lot of fun”.
She added: “Ask any pupil from here for their highlights and I hope there would be some who talked about loving the study of Jane Eyre and astrophysics – but there would certainly be plenty who would talk about trips, sports tours, tobogganing, climbing Pen-y-Fan at dawn, cooking sausages on a campsite, singing at La Madeleine in Paris, doing silly things for charity and having a lot of fun while learning, preferably without even realising they are learning.” (Gareth Evans)
The Columbus Dispatch mentions a local student who recited a poem by Emily Brontë for the Poetry Out Loud national poetry recitation competition. The High School Dublin Book Club has a post on Jane Eyre. Mr Rochester makes it into Millie's Men, a column on The Courier OnlineRereading Every Book I Own writes about Rebecca Fraser's Charlotte Brontë and Her Family.

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