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According to those behind Capturing the Brontës, the exhibition will examine unusual facts and mysteries surrounding the family.You can see a set of pictures of the stuffed giraffe's arrival to the Brontë Parsonage Museum on the museum's Facebook page.
Included amongst the exhibition is a stuffed giraffe which “neatly contrasts with the melancholic reference to Charlotte Brontë’s connection with her publisher George Smith”.
Elsewhere the writers’ biographer, Elizabeth Gaskell, is cast as a cockatoo, and Keeper, Emily Brontë’s enormous faithful dog, is resurrected as Yorkshire’s answer to Greyfriar’s Bobby.
The exhibition will run simultaneously at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth and at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate, before travelling to London in February.
Charlotte Cory, the artist behind it, said all of the locations were of importance to the Brontë family. “Haworth was home. Harrogate is nearby. It was also the place where you went to take the foul-smelling healthy waters...London, meanwhile, always represented somewhere enticing and alluringly unattainable to the Brontë family.”
She added that Capturing the Brontës was her “endeavour to encapsulate something of the animal spirit of the Brontës”. It will form part of a wider schedule of events for visitors to the museum throughout the exhibition.
Professor Ann Sumner, executive director of the Brontë Society, said “We are delighted to be working with Charlotte on this influential and original show. The Parsonage will be transformed this autumn and in the lead- up to Christmas. Her work is genuinely thought-provoking and we know that our visitors will be fascinated.”
The exhibition begins today and runs till the end of the year.
The giraffe represents Charlotte Brontë’s publisher George Smith, who put his neck out by releasing the untested author’s work.Freda Warrington chooses for The Huffington Post her favourite Gothic romance novels, among which is
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily BrontëThe Peninsula Pulse also selects the novel as one of 'Three Fantastic Fall Reads'.
What is there left to say about "Wuthering Heights"? We studied this in school and I loved it, despite the convoluted structure: Instead of a straight narrative, we have a visitor being told the story by a housekeeper. (Does anyone else feel like screaming at Victorian novels, “Oh, please get on with it?”) But what a story – the wonder of "Wuthering Heights" is that the characters are so scandalously horrible, selfish, even violent. Cathy and Heathcliff demonstrate their love by being as vile as possible to each other. Jane Austen this isn’t. And we love them for it.
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
This book has captivated me since it was assigned in a sophomore English class. Heathcliff! "What a hottie?" I thought, "I hope someday somebody loves me like that." I've since changed my mind…he's a bit too clingy and goes a bit crazy, like digging-up-dead-bodies crazy.
The famous novel is set in 1801, in the barren, stormy landscape of the Yorkshire Moors. Young Heathcliff, an orphan boy, and Catherine, the daughter of the wealthy Mr. Earnshaw, are inseparable, in love.
But class, jealousy, and selfishness keep them apart and what ensues is a dark, sinister and tragic drama that has nearly every character experiencing despair at the hand of Catherine and Heathcliff's passion for one another – that continues beyond the grave. (Sally Slattery)
“Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Brontë
No one does bleak like a Brontë sister, especially Emily. “Wuthering Heights” is not so much a love story as a passionate one. This book has a great atmosphere to read about, yet not inhabit — wild and fraught and crazed. It’s full of characters you don’t want to meet, moors you don’t want to roam and houses you don’t want to enter. “Wuthering Heights” is great to curl up with not just because of its intense characters, but the intense emotions it spurs in readers. Most people love or hate this book, and it’s easy to see why: Heathcliff, Cathy and the rest of the Earnshaws and Lintons themselves stagger along the thin line between love and hate, taking readers along for the ride. Like the wind that rattles the treetops and the whirling snow, Heathcliff is himself a chaotic force and nature — fun to watch, not to experience. (Suzanne Wardle)
V is for Vengeance, seeking
Cure: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Beware the snowball effect of getting your own back: taking revenge inevitably sets into motion a chain reaction of revenge and counter-revenge, ending in destruction for all. You may begin Brontë's moor-top masterpiece with vengeance in your heart, but you'll end it drained of all thoughts except that of needing a nice, reviving cup of tea. (Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin)
What is it with this calling thing? We’re still invested in the romantic notion that all men are Heathcliff and will pursue us. Is this realistic? Generations have changed. Or have they? (Barbara Rose Brooker)
Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre
Another old classic, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre follows the dramatic story of Mr Edward Rochester. He is described in the book as possessing "grim" features. There aren't many who would describe Fassbender as grim. (Francesca Menato)