Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013 4:44 pm by M. in , ,    No comments
The Guardian talks about the crime novel published by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The Brontës are aptly mentioned:
In 1850 Charlotte Brontë finally outed the brilliant but obscure brother authors Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, and neatly analysed why centuries of authors have chosen to shelter behind entirely invented names or ambiguous double initials.
The brothers Bell were her and her extraordinary sisters, Emily and Anne. The shy sisters were, she wrote, "averse to personal publicity". But as George Eliot, born Mary Anne Evans, and the newly revealed as multi nom-de-plumed JK Rowling would entirely have understood, there was more to it: "we did not like to declare ourselves women because – without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called 'feminine' – we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice".
Any reader, and indeed the publishers to whom the sisters sent the manuscripts, would have assumed that Currer, Ellis and Acton were men, but Brontë claimed that the first names had been chosen with "a sort of conscientious scruple" as not "positively masculine". The sisters' own surname, which would become one of the most famous in the history of English literature, had already been gentrified by their clergyman father from his Irish birth name, Patrick Prunty. (Maev Kennedy)
Also on Handbag:
Emily, Anne and Charlotte Brontë decided to publish their first collection of poems under the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Charlotte famously said this was because they wanted to be 'taken seriously'. In the early 1800's female authors were not given the same respect or attention as men, which is why authors like Mary Ann Evans chose George Eliot as a psedonym to publishSilas Marner. The Brontë Sisters' books of poems failed to generate much interest, but each sister found success with their next ventures published under their real names—Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights. (Sarah Jordan)
And in many others like Glamour, International Business Times, PolicymicThe Scotsman, The Times...

AARP lists novels everyone should read before age 50,
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Nathaniel Hawthorne hated the Misses Brontë, because they could do what he could not — write books that sing with authenticity and genuine suspense, and do so nearly 200 years later. (Jacquelyn Mitchard)
Unrequited love in The Times of India:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: This classic tale of love, rejection and revenge keeps you riveted till the very end. (Nona Walia)
The Times publishes the obituary of Diana, Countess of Albermale. The following anecdote is quoted:
At a farewell dinner, the committee presented her with a first edition of Charlotte Brontë's Villette and in it a quote was found that was apt for her, "She ought to have swayed a nation; she should have been the leader of a turbulent lesgislative assembly ... Nobody could have brow-beaten her,  none irritated her nerves, exhausted her patience, or over-reached her astuteness." 
The Indian Express also looks at the Brontë side of the Grey saga:
Taming a deviant handsome billionaire and turning him into a loving husband has been an enduring theme in women's romantic fiction since Jane Eyre . (Leher Kala)
Página 12 (Argentina) devotes an article to Anna Wintour:
“Yo era una chica con carácter más que una chica linda, y supongo que es eso lo que busco hoy en las chicas que selecciono para Vogue.” Lo cuenta con el mismo tono tan escueto con que cuenta en el libro las grandes tragedias de su vida, “como una heroína de Brontë, con una quieta determinación”, dice Michael Roberts, editor de moda de Vanity Fair y su coautor. (Ana Wajszczuk) (Translation)
La Estela del Sueño (in Spanish) posts about Wuthering Heights; The Briarfield Chronicle publishes extracts from The Romantics and Emily Brontë by Dorothy J. Cooper (1952); Secluded Charm reviews Agnes Grey.


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