Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:30 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Huffington Post's official Brontëite, Dave Astor, discusses 'Why We Tolerate Many Deaths in Literature'.
The most memorable deaths in literature? There are so many to choose from, and I'll mention some before asking you to name others. But to partly avoid spoilers, I won't give the names of the characters on my kick-the-bucket list.
In Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, the title character has a schoolmate who dies -- a death made even more poignant by Jane's proximity to that event during the girl's final night.
Singer Laura Marling is a Brontëite as well and the Guardian mentions her being described as
pale and reserved – "with her grey-blue eyes and ghostly complexion, she has the intense, windswept look of a Brontë heroine", as one interviewer put it. (Alexis Petridis)
Christian News Wire has a press release concerning the book Seventh Dimension -- The Door by Lorilyn Roberts. Ms Roberts appears to be a Brontëite too:
"I spent two years developing the plot," says Roberts, "as part of my Master of Arts in Creative Writing. I love the classics, particularly books by Charles Dickens, Fydor Dostoevsky, Emily Brontë, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I hoped to provide an entertaining story that would evoke deep spiritual longing."
The Winston-Salem Monthly recommends several summer reads such as
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (for rainy days on your screen porch; wash it down with a chaser of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde) (Jodi S. Sarver)
Baltimore Magazine interviews Juliette Wells, 'associate professor of English at Goucher College, Jane Austen scholar':
The characters of Elizabeth and Darcy are so enduring. There is something about those characters that is eternally appealing. Do you have opinions about what that is? Well, certainly, romance novelists will point to Pride and Prejudice as a founding text for their genre. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, as well. Austen’s Pride and Prejudice sets out so many of the archetypes, so much of the structure of what we’ve come to understand as romance novels. (Amy Mulvihill)
Stuff's Reading Is Bliss discusses literary couples.
My favourite literary couple when I was a teenager was...surprise, surprise, Romeo and Juliet. That powerful, insane, head-rush crush lasted for about a year, until I discovered Heathcliff and Catherine, Scarlett and Rhett, Abelard and Heloise.
It seems like the key ingredient that makes for the most memorable literary couples - the ones with the touching, haunting stories that will leave you with tear-soaked pillows and a sigh in your heart  - is a tale of impossible love. The fictional world is full of star-crossed lovers, and though some of them come to happy endings ("reader, I married him") - it's not often so. (Karen Tay)
The Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner interviews historical fiction blogger Kimberlee Gibbs:
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?I have worked with Joanna Campbell-Slan, who writes a fabulous historical mystery series based on Jane Eyre (I highly recommend this series). (Kayla Posney)
The New York Times reviews the film The English Teacher, in which
Linda is a wildly romantic idealist in the thrall of “Wuthering Heights” and “Little Women.” (Stephen Holden)
The Ilkley Gazette has an article on 'the forgotten “Cinderella landscape”' in the South Pennines.
The South Pennines straddle the border where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide, and seven million people live within an hour’s drive.
With vast tracts of open moorland intersected by wooded valleys and a patchwork of hamlets and fields, it is the countryside of the Brontes and Last of the Summer Wine. It inspired the likes of poets Ted Hughes, Barbara Hepworth and Simon Armitage, whose Stanza Stones poems are carved on stones from Marsden to Ilkley.
While larger settlements include Ilkley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, the South Pennines has one of England’s highest proportions of nature designations, two Special Areas of Conservation, rights of way spanning 4,190kms and two national trails; the Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway.
SoloLibri (Italy) features Juliet Gael's Romancing Miss Brontë while Meridian recommends The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef as a 'lasting gift' for a graduate. Sippican Week finds a Mattapoisett Library volunteer who reads Jane Eyre every year. Writebulb has a post on the Brontë family. And Cheryll the writer shares a trip to Brontë Country.


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