Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:13 am by Cristina in ,    No comments
A columnist from the Chicago Tribune is looking for books to ward off the cold weather.
So how about a nice literary warm-up?
Cold weather is famously prime for cozy reading. The reader recommendation site Goodreads.com offers a list of "Best Books to Read When the Snow is Falling."
However, many of the suggestions — "The Snow Child," "A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)," "Wuthering Heights" — sound distinctly wintry. (Barbara Brotman)
While the World Socialist Website quotes Karl Marx on the fiction writers of his time:
Dickens was an immensely honest, searching and scathing critic of many aspects of society, as well as an endlessly lively, amusing chronicler of life itself, in all its dimensions. Dickens introduced a new, plebeian element—modern street life, popular city life—to the novel, and literature was never the same.
His enormous contribution to culture was appreciated by the most perceptive minds of his time. The most perceptive mind of that epoch belonged to Karl Marx, who in 1854, in the New York Tribune, included Charles Dickens, along with William Makepeace Thackeray, Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell, in that “splendid brotherhood of fiction-writers in England, whose graphic and eloquent pages have issued to the world more political and social truths than have been uttered by all the professional politicians, publicists and moralists put together.” (“The English Middle Class,” 1854) (David Walsh)
Arts Council England looks into the upcoming Bristol Old Vic Jane Eyre production:
An epic new production of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, devised by director Sally Cookson and an ensemble cast of ten actors and musicians, is premiering at National portfolio organisation Bristol Old Vic next month. 
Candice's Books posts in French about Villette. Culture Poppe is holding a board discussion on Jane EyreAudios y eBooks comments briefly in Spanish on Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows an 'unfinished study of Flossy (1840-45), by either Charlotte or Anne Brontë (attribution uncertain).' as part of their series on animals at the Parsonage in the run up to the opening of the new exhibition 'The Brontës and Animals'.


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