Study of Noses, pencil drawing. - Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855), Study of Noses, pencil drawing, ca. February 1831. Brontë Parsonage Museum.
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Of course, the gothic tradition in literature is a good deal broader than this suggests, and it wasn’t long before Hollywood would decide to plunder the whole spectrum, such as the blockbusting Brontës (Wuthering Heights, 1939; Jane Eyre, 1943) or the neo-gothic suspense of Daphne du Maurier, in Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940).The Independent interviews the writer Jon Carter who tells this anecdote about Douglas Adams:
“Douglas would be writing ferociously and anxiously, listening to Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ all day long. It was maddening. He was a very extreme guy but great company. He was always on my case. I was never pushy enough for him. I wasn’t bold enough about girls, work – everything.” (James Kidd)Vernon Morning Herald reviews The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margaret Livesey:
The Flight of Gemma Hardy (2012) by Margaret Livesay is a captivating, original work that successfully reconstructs the classic Jane Eyre — no small feat by any means. (...)Independent Woman talks with Suzanna Geraghty, who is touring Ireland with her show Auditions, Zoe's Auditions:
The character of Gemma, like Jane, is both proud, principled and learns to expect the best of herself and to forgive the transgressions of others. But she is thoroughly modern and the story captures and sustains your attention to the final page. (Peter Critchley)
For the auditions, I created this comedic character Zoe, and did small segments where I would recite 'Wuthering Heights' in three minutes. I began to be known as the Irish Lucille Ball. (In conversation with Tanya Sweeney)Hudson Valley Daily Freeman tells about the efforts to save a local mansion:
Boarded, vacant and neglected for two decades, the once glorious, three-story brick mansion known as Clovelea could be the setting for an Emily Brontë novel, one in which Heathcliff might have been its melancholy inhabitant. (Paula Ann Mitchell)The Columbus Telegram is not quite right when talking about pseudonyms:
Many authors, past and present, have used different names for this and other reasons. In the early days of the publishing world, women could not get published; so many women took on male pen names. Ellis, Acton, and Currer Bell were the Brontë sisters who went on to write under their own names. (Lori Juhlin)Endless Winter posts a Jane Eyre 2011 video loop (via fuck yeah jane eyre).