Friday, August 30, 2013

Currer's House Welcomes Troubled Heathcliff

The Christian Science Monitor has a quiz on literary villains:

Every story needs a protagonist – and an antagonist. How well do you remember some of the nastiest/scariest/most famous villains in literary history?
(Casey Lee, Contributor)

1. Heathcliff is favored by Mr. Earnshaw. Who grows jealous and treats Heathcliff poorly when Mr. Earnshaw passes away?
Nelly, Mr. Linton, Edgar or Hindley?
Country Life lists the best houses for sale this autumn:
Kildwick Hall, £1.85m, Knight Frank

Set in 70 acres of formal gardens and grassland overlooking the Aire Valley between Skipton and Keighley-a favourite stomping ground of the Brontë sisters, as an article in Country Life (January 28, 1911) reminds us-the Grade II*- listed Jacobean manor house was built in about 1642 for John Coates, before passing to the Currer family, who extended it in the fashionable Palladian style in the early 1700s. (Penny Churchill)
To say a favourite stomping ground is to go a bit too far. The only sure thing is that Frances Currer (1785-1861) who was a rich book collector lived in the house at the time that Charlotte and her sisters were looking for pseudonyms and that makes her a good candidate for inspiring Charlote when choosing hers.

Grantland quotes Jean Miller telling how she met J.D. Salinger:
His ex-paramour Jean Miller recalls their relationship. "We were in Daytona Beach, and I was sitting at this rather crowded pool at the Sheraton Hotel. I was reading Wuthering Heights, and a man said to me, 'How is Heathcliff?' I turned to him and I said 'Heathcliff is troubled.' (Molly Lambert)
The Guardian explores how spoken English is changing:
It's not just London that has picked up these patterns. Listen to a modern Leeds or Bradford accent and you can hear the influence of Pakistani English as clearly as the Yorkshire dialect of Heathcliff and Cathy. Meanwhile, the scouse accent owes as much to its Irish immigrant population as it does to traditional northern English. (Rachel Braier)
The Atlantic Wire is concerned about TV mash-up concepts:
Here's how to pitch a TV show: Take a well-known piece of literature (or, hey, a TV show will do) and add a wacky concept. Today this adds up to "Present-day Les Miserables." (...)
What about a Lord of the Rings-type drama set in present-day Chicago? Or maybe you could have a sitcom described as Jane Eyre in the 90s. (Though, perhaps that's just The Nanny.) Play around. Make your own. Become famous. (Esther Zuckerman)
The Quietus remembers a highlight from last year's Beacons Festival:
One of the highlights of last year’s Beacons was the Impossible Lecture tent, which in 2012 saw a mélange of curated chaos, including an almost naked man named Paul Young spinning around the central tent pole whilst singing ‘Wuthering Heights’ in a terrifying falsetto; a semi-bemused, semi-terrified audience looking on as he writhed around on the floor screaming, "Where the fuck is Heathcliff?" over and over again. (Sophie Coletta)
The Daily Mail suggests that Eartha Kitt could have been a great Antoinette Cosway:
What a tragedy that no enterprising producer thought to cast her in a production of Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys’ great novel could have been about her. (Roger Lewis)
Cáscara Amarga (Spain) reviews K.H. Ulrichs' short story Manor from a gay perspective:
Su relato tiene algo de Emily Brontë y algo de la literatura gótica de la época, en un ambiente humilde pero donde el amor entre dos hombres desafía todas las barreras sociales y familiares. (Eduardo Nabal) (Translation)
The audience ratings of the last two episodes of Jane Eyre 2006 as shown on ARTE TV are discussed on Jeanmarcmorandini:
Arte diffusait une série britannique pour son prime-time. "Jane Eyre" a captivé 566.000 téléspectateurs, soit 2,4 % de part de marché. (Translation)
The Huffington Post includes Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights on a list of one-hit literary wonders; For Books' Sake gives ten reasons to love Jean Rhys, including Wide Sargasso Sea; Walking with "The Taxi Driver" posts about a walk through Brontë Country: Haworth to Top Withins round and Worth Valley Railway; Natalia Kinsey reviews the Shanghai Ballet's production of Jane Eyre; look at this Jane Eyre 2011 character study on the Run you clever boy tumblr (via fuck yeah jane eyre); Rachellovesbooks and Ron Lit review Wuthering Heights.

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