10 Fascinating Facts About Charlotte Brontë - On Wednesday 7th December, I’m very honoured to be returning to my old University, the University of Huddersfield, to give a public lecture on Charlotte Br...
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“Wuthering Heights,” by Emily BrontëRobert McCrum is reading his way through the 100 best novels as selected by the Guardian. He tells about it in the Guardian:
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)
Now that I'm approaching the 1840s, it's time for Dickens, Thackeray and the Brontës. And beyond them, Stevenson, Twain and Thomas Hardy beckon.The Independent recommends a Christmas trip to the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Celebrate Christmas (and probably count your blessings) at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. From now through December there are mince pies, mulled wine, readings by the Ilkley Players, and tales from the Brontës’ servant, Tabby.Brain Pickings features Jane, le renoir et moi in its English translation.
a stunningly illustrated graphic novel about a young girl named Hélène, who, cruelly teased by the “mean girls” clique at school, finds refuge in Charlotte Brönte’s [sic] Jane Eyre. In Jane, she sees both a kindred spirit and aspirational substance of character, one straddling the boundary between vulnerability and strength with remarkable grace — just the quality of heart and mind she needs as she confronts the common and heartbreaking trials of teenage girls tormented by bullying, by concerns over their emerging womanly shape, and by the soul-shattering feeling of longing for acceptance yet receiving none. (Maria Popova)We Got This Covered.
During a rainy recess, Lisa ducks into the library and meets the new girl at Springfield Elementary, second grader Isabel Gutierrez (guest voice Eva Longoria). They bond over the Brontë sisters, and the fact that they’re both middle children who have to sit on the hump in the middle of the back seat, and later they decide to do a project about FDR together; Lisa from the liberal point of view, and Isabel from the conservative. Yes, Isabel confesses, she is a Republican. Not a Lincoln Republican, or even a Reagan Republican, but something else… (*cough*Tea Party*cough*) (Adam A. Donaldson)This columnist from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner discusses life in other galaxies:
After I waxed lyrical about the possibility of there being life in other galaxies, Allen Jenkinson said the human race would never find it because the laws of physics meant we couldn’t travel those distances.A replica of Charlotte Brontë's (lost) wedding dress can be seen on the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page. Flickr user Woffenden has uploaded a lovely set of pictures taken on the moors near Haworth.
Well, not travel there and be back in time for tea.
Hah, I pointed out, but wait until we invent Star Trek's Warp Factor. I believe Sir Patrick Stewart has a team working on it at Huddersfield University as we speak.
Our email discussion then diverted into alien abductions which usually seem to take place in out of the way places.
“Why would beings with interstellar travel capabilities come all that way just to land on the moors above Keighley when they could just as easily have gone to Miami?” he said. “They can't all be into Wuthering Heights.” (Denis Kilcommons)