Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:10 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
A columnist from The Republican is currently reading Mightier than the Sword by David S. Reynolds.
The book deals with the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" on the events leading to the outbreak of the Civil War. [...]
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote of a long conversation she had with the deceased English novelist Charlotte Brontë, who reportedly gave her consoling news about the after life. (Stephen Jendrysik)
Here's the actual quote from the book:
But Harriet came to be convinced that she too could communicate with spirits. For example, she once had a long conversation with the deceased Charlotte Brontë, who gave her consoling news about the afterlife, including Brontë's report that, 'friends here, as during the earth-life, do know and love each other'.
More books, as The Boar reviews Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season.
I found the character of Warden intriguing. The idea of the master-slave relationship is reminiscent of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (Brontë provides the novel’s epigraph).  However, I feel that this relationship is not fully explored. Right until the end, Warden is a mysterious character and it seems that Paige’s reliance on her master undermines her strength as an independent woman. Yet, The Bone Season is only the first novel; there are still six more books yet to come in which the characters can develop and relationships progress. (Anna Laycock)
Donne Sul Web (Italy) has compiled a list of the 12 most famous classic female writers. The Brontë sisters are number 4:
4) Sorelle Brontë ('800)
Charlotte, Emily e Anne Brontë: tre sorelle, tre scrittrici. Nel 1847 pubblicarono tutte e tre un romanzo: Charlotte "Jane Eyre", Emily "Cime tempestose" e Anne "Il segreto della signora in nero". Tre grandi classici delle letteratura vittoriana il cui successo dura ancora oggi. (M.P) (Translation)
Guide 2 Bristol interviews local comedy host Jane Duffus, who speaks about her favourite performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:
I saw tonnes of good female comedians, and a couple who were terrible and that I won’t name, but my absolute favourite was Bridget Christie, the chances of being able to book her now are a little bit remote, she’s been doing stand-up for ten years but has really broken through in the last six, 10, 12 months.
Her set is just so accomplished, it’s an hour of solid, intelligent, clear-cut feminist narrative and I thought it was interesting how she handled two guys that heckled her during her set. Her show’s called A Bic for Her and it’s about the pink pen that Bic launched that was ergonomically designed to fit more delicately into a lady’s gentle little hands, which is obviously ridiculous, so she does this routine which includes things like “this is why the Brontës were such s*** writers, they didn’t have good pens, this is why Bramwell [sic] is obviously the best known of the Brontes”. (Vivienne Kennedy)
The latest treasure trove find over at the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page is Charlotte Brontë's writing desk. The Brontë Family Blog posts about Emily Brontë's beliefs. At Home with Juju has enjoyed Jane Eyre.


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