How The Brontë Sisters Used Vanity Publishing - There are many routes into having a book published today, as I found at an event I took part in at Sheffield’s Off The Shelf literary festival yesterday, b...
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Paula Rego has produced wonderful drawings in Victorian style, subverting Gothic novel characters from Jane Eyre. (Eleanor MacFarlane)The Guardian reviews Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season:
Paige, who has spent her young life clinging to one flawed father-figure after another, has finally met her Mr Rochester. Quite literally Mr Rochester, as Shannon boldly recasts incidents and actual dialogue from Jane Eyre in the language and colours of dark fantasy. This is fine, in itself – it is the most interesting development in the book, and seems a sincere homage to a writer Shannon obviously reveres (Charlotte Brontë provides the novel's epigraph). But as the gothic love story reaches a climax, other issues are overwhelmed. (Gwyneth Jones)Louise Cahill visits Swinton Park in North Yorkshire. It seems that one of the Yorshire-themed rooms is devoted to Haworth. In The Scotsman:
In our Haworth room, one floor above the history corridor, we enter Brontë land. Artwork includes a picture of Mr Lockwood arriving at Wuthering Heights and a gilt-framed quote of Catherine’s declaration of love for Heathcliff.Meg Rosoff writes in the Daily Mail how to write for young girls and remembers her own teenage heroines:
By university, my heroines were Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride And Prejudice; Dorothea from Middlemarch and Maisie from What Maisie Knew.The Independent has examples of books that have become almost brands:
There are 23 Jane Eyre movies, and after the recent Chinese ballet version at Sadler's Wells, I daresay No 24 is planned.
While writers in the past sometimes published under assumed names in order to overcome social obstacles or forge a new identity — such as George Sand, George Eliot, and the Brontë sisters — these days it’s more commonly a ploy to allow prolific authors to manage multiple brands. (Kate Tuttle)The Washington Informer talks about the biographical book by the actress Debbi Morgan:
Not to be alarmed; there is no Jane Eyre-esque beast lurking beneath the surface, but certainly a tale of generational abuse that has ironically rested in the crevices between Morgan's personal life and the stage since the curtains opened. (Shantella Y. Sherman)Deutschlandradio Kultur reviews T.C Boyle's San Miguel:
Boyle hat den Stoff, den die Frauenfiguren der Brontë-Schwestern, eines Byron, Shelley, Hardy oder Theodore Dreiser erleiden, psychologisch modern interpretiert, auf drei Schicksale verteilt und auf der kleinen Insel motivisch verdichtet.La Opinión de La Coruña (Spain) talks about a local production of Gaetano Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor:
Zur Lektüre von Emily Brontës Klassiker "Sturmhöhe", den sie alle lesen, denkt Edith: "Eigentlich hasste sie es inzwischen", denn: "Es war eine Sache, in einer Wohnung in San Francisco auf dem Sofa zu sitzen und sich die Szenerie eines Buches vorzustellen, aber eine ganz andere, sie bei jedem Blick durchs Fenster vor sich zu sehen." (Hans Von Trotha) (Translation)
Las colinas escocesas de Lammermuir han crecido en el escenario del Palacio de la Ópera, recordando a los inhóspitos paisajes dibujados por Emily Brontë en Cumbres Borrascosas. (Manuel Varela) (Translation)La Comarca de Puertollano (Spain) is confusing its Brontës and its Du Maurier:
Valdepeñas vuelve a mi memoria como el Manderley de las Brontë, como las ciudades matrices liberadas de la geografía y sus alfozes. (Luisa Gallardo García-Saavedra) (Translation)Keighley Buddhists walking across Brontë country in Keighley News; a journalist on CinqueW (Italy) and a local bookseller on Western Morning News, both Brontëites.