Friday, December 20, 2013

'A personality so far beyond the usual limits of human nature as to seem miraculous'

In order to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the death of Emily Brontë yesterday, the New Republic brought up a 1928 article on her and Wuthering Heights:

The Brontës have always been novelists’ novelists, perhaps because their history is novelistic material—the six children in their bleak setting of the Yorkshire moors, their struggle against fate, marked by recurrent death—Maria and Elizabeth dying in childhood—Branwell’s fantastic tragedy, the simultaneous illumination of three personalities in Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, fame and then death once more—Emily, Anne, Charlotte. There was enough in this story in its purely external aspects to challenge a novelist. Mrs. Gaskell was the first biographer. Mrs. Humphry Ward introduced their works in the definitive edition. Then under the more penetrating methods of modern psychology their situation took on a new interest. Miss May Sinclair wrote her enthusiastic study of The Three Brontës. Now comes Miss Romer Wilson with her version of the sister whose fame, long overshadowed by Jane Eyre and Villette, is now in the ascendant with Wuthering Heights and the Poems alike revealing a personality so far beyond the usual limits of human nature as to seem miraculous. (Robert Morss Lovett) (Read more)
El Siglo de Durango (Mexico) misspells her surname as Brönte when looking at the best-known screen adaptations of her novel as a tribute.
Emily Brönte, recordada a 165 años de su fallecimiento, es posiblemente la escritora más genuina, profunda y romántica de la literatura inglesa, tal como lo demuestra su novela “Cumbres Borrascosas”, considerada la obra maestra de la narrativa romántica victoriana.
La novela, publicada en 1847, narra la turbulenta historia de pasión que viven la joven Catherine Earnshaw y el huérfano Heathcliff, misma que los lleva a su destrucción y a la de sus herederos. La obra se centra en un amor imposible, desgarrador y salvaje, donde el resentimiento y la dependencia son los vértices que guían toda la existencia de los personajes, y está ambientada en el opresivo mundo rural de la Inglaterra victoriana. En El Siglo de Durango, te presentamos la visión de los diferentes directores que han llevado esta novela a la pantalla grande. (Translation) (Read more)
The Birmingham Mail includes Jane Eyre 2011 as one of its 'Five must-see movie premieres on TV this Christmas'.
Jane Eyre (Monday 23, BBC2, 8.30pm)
Californian director Cary Fukunaga fearlessly plunges himself into the deep end with this relatively faithful bonnet bonanza shot on location in beautiful Derbyshire.
Based on Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane is a woman of low social standing offered the prize of marrying way above herself.
Australian-born Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska gives Jane enough mettle to want to determine her own future in the right way.
German-Irish star Michael Fassbender plays Thornfield Hall master Edward Rochester, with Jamie Bell as St John Rivers, who would also like Jane’s hand, and Sally Hawkins as Jane’s abusive aunt, Mrs Reed. (Graham Young)
The Tri-City News has a few suggestions for middle school-age readers, including
Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Brit and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is a moving graphic novel written for a middle school audience but it speaks to any age. Hélène has become an outcast, shunned and tormented by people who her once her friends. Ostracized, depressed and alone, Hélène feels she cannot turn to her already overworked mother; instead, she finds solace in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. The minimal, poetic text and muted illustrations highlight the bleakness with which Hélène sees her world. This is an emotional book to be read with eyes, and heart, wide open. (Reta Pyke)
Dagsavisen (Norway) has renamed Jean Rhys's answer to Jane Eyre:
Et eksempel på vellykket viderebruk av andres ideer, kan være Jean Rhys «The wild Sargasso Sea», der hun skriver historien til Mr Rochesters gale kone fra «Jane Eyre» av Charlotte Bronte. Men det var over hundre år etter Brontës død. (Ingvar Ambjørnsen) (Translation)
Den of Geek! picks The Place Beyond the Pines as one of the top films of 2013.
Like Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, it captures the concerns and mood of a generation - in this instance, one indelibly affected by the 2007-08 financial crisis - and like the classic novel Wuthering Heights, tells a human story with detail and breadth. (Ryan Lambie)
A few days ago we mentioned a puppet show which reenacted Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. The Telegraph reviews it:
A classic double-act with bawdy banter to spare, they speak in husky honks and have enough character to overcome a distracted show. It’s best as music hall in miniature — Boris’s drag recreation of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights routine is a treat, as are meta-moments when Sergey is biting the hands that lead him — but that doesn’t last the hour. In comes the usual running, flying and Matrix-style slow-mos. It’s well-drilled, but bog-standard. (Matt Trueman)
The Times of Malta has a short article on the music video of Airport Impressions' Hymns of June.
The music video was shot in Haworth, in the heart of the moors of the Brontë Country in West Yorkshire, which village is most famous for its authentic railway station which also features in the music video.
The band's front man, Errol Sammut commented "We are honoured to have worked with such a professional production team and believe the ambience and landscapes have created a perfect set up for this type of song."
Click here to watch the video.

Michael Thomas Barry wrote about Emily Brontë on the anniversary of her death. Nut Press reviews the Brontë-inspired collection of short stories Red RoomThe McScribble Salon posts about Charlotte Brontë's ThunderThe Broken Bullhorn reviews Robert Barnard's The Case of the Missing Brontë. Dazzled & Confused posts a nice gif from Jane Eyre 2011.

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