Friday, June 07, 2013

The Telegraph and Argus features the current exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Heaven is a Home, as well as Ann Dinsdale's book At Home with the Brontës:
In the words of Charlotte Brontë’s biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, it is a “low, oblong stone parsonage, high up, yet with a higher backdrop of sweeping moors”.
Today Haworth Parsonage is a world-famous literary shrine. Thousands of tourists visit the house, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, to discover what inspired Emily, Charlotte and Anne.
Yet it is often forgotten that the parsonage has also been home to several other families, before and after the Brontës.
Following Patrick Brontë’s death in 1861, it was occupied by four of his successors at Haworth’s parish church then, when the Brontë Society bought the building in 1928, it became home to four custodians and their families, who witnessed the growth of tourism in Haworth.
A new collection of photographs and artefacts, on display at the Brontë Parsonage Museum until the end of this year, reveals the secret life of the building through the stories of those who lived there. Called Heaven Is A Home, it also uses letters, sketches and documents to detail domestic details of the Brontës’ residence.
The exhibition complements the Parsonage’s recent £60,000 refurbishment. Decorative historian Allyson McDermott used forensic analysis on tiny samples of paint and paper left from the Brontës’ time to recreate a decorative scheme close to that of their residence.
Also linked to the exhibition is At Home With The Brontës by Ann Dinsdale, collections manager at the museum, tracing the history of the house and those who lived there, from a horsewhip-wielding minister to a sitcom actor’s daughter. (Emma Clayton) (Read more)
The Keighley News highlights the newly-created local community group Worth the Tour:
Worth Valley residents are preparing for next summer’s Grand Depart by forming a community group called ‘Worth the Tour’.
The group aims to unite local people and help them enjoy and appreciate the global sporting event.
The new group will involve as many people as possible in preparing for the race, as well as the 100-day cultural festival leading up to the spectacle.
Its members include traders, professionals working in marketing, design and the arts, tourism attractions and representatives of the Brontë Society, the Parsonage Museum and Haworth Fair Trade.
El País (Spain) discusses chicklit and farmlit heroines:
Así, Bridget Jones y Carrie Bradshaw podrían ser una evolución de la Rebecca de Daphne du Maurier o la Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brönte [sic]: unas heroínas de lo cotidiano para tiempos descreídos, unos iconos post-feministas que (aquí vino la polémica) también podían llegar a reforzar algunos tópicos desagradables, de manera quizá inconsciente. (Noel Ceballos) (Translation)
The Yorker reviews Dracula:
This review does not quite match-up to those of the time, all of which were effusive and unwavering in their praise of Stoker's literary prowess, ranking it above Shelley, Poe, and even Emily Bronte (a fact I disagree with whole-heartedly and with much chagrin), yet it is made with the value of hindsight. (James Metcalf)
The Irish Times looks at the questions which appeared on the higher level English paper 2:
As well as Macbeth, students had options to answer questions on set texts such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. (Louise Holden)
Another blunder today, as Giornale di Puglia (Italy) seems to think Jane Eyre and Jane Austen were both writers:
Documentandosi su un periodo della Storia banalizzato, scavando nei più segreti interstizi, Ornella Albanese ha costruito il suo mosaico col passo delle grandi narratrici (fa pensare a Jane Eyre o a Jane Austen), a tratti sulfureo come il “Nome della Rosa”. (Francesco Greco) (Translation)
Xaluan (Vietnam) features Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights in the light of the recent screening of the 2011 film adaptation as part of the European Film Festival. The Pioneer Press recommends the BabyLit board books. Hathaways of Haworth recommends the play The Brontë Boy later today as part of the Brontë Society's AGM weekend. Summer Day continues posting chapters from her Anne Eyre. Flickr user amhjp has uploaded a few pictures of Wycoller Hall.

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