Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Telegraph recommends the upcoming season of  BBC Two's Great British Railway Journeys, particularly this episode:
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC Two, 6.30pm, January 8)
In West Yorkshire, Portillo visits the Worth Valley and the home of the three Brontë sisters, who were early investors in the railway industry. He then heads to Oakworth to find out how its station and tracks were used in the filming of The Railway Children. (Simon Horsford)
The New York Times has an article on the actor Chiwetel Ejiofor:
“In our living room, we had five or six shelves filled with classics: Shakespeare, ‘A Passage to India,’ ‘Jane Eyre,’ that sort of thing,” Mr. Ejiofor’s younger sister, the CNN correspondent Zain Asher, recalled. “Mother really believed that education was freedom, and she’d make us read those. Chiwetel was very much a hard worker. He would be in his bedroom reading Shakespeare aloud from morning to night. He was kind of a recluse that way.” (Larry Rohter)
Arifa Akbar discusses in The Independent the importance of titles:
Remember the good old days when titles of novels were nothing more than, well, titles, rather than marketing manoeuvres? Wuthering Heights denoted the place where the book was set. The Canterbury Tales were tales told by pilgrims on the way to – yes – Canterbury. Crime and Punishment was about just that. Madame Bovary was the doomed titular figure on which the tragedy was based. King Lear, Hamlet – same deal.
The Morley Observer & Advertiser interviews Morwenna Holman, psychic writer of Westerdale:
Miss Holman, from Morley, has just had her first book published, a story she wrote in her teens, when she said she was visited by the spirit of Emily Brontë.
Self-proclaimed psychic Miss Holman said: “It’s like a radio, tuning my head to different channels.”
And one of those channels led her to writing Westerdale, a saga of two families related by tragedy in the style of an early 19th century author. (Sophie Mei-Lan)
Emma Thompson is interviewed on The Age:
"The great female authors, the Brontës, George Eliot, they're living in moral universes where their actions do mean a lot, but it's the detail of the action that gives you the heroism," Thompson says. (Michael Idato)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer on the fourth season of Downton Abbey:
The fourth PBS season of "Downton Abbey" opens with grim, foreboding night shots of the Crawley family's Yorkshire country estate. Darkness shrouds Downton, clinging to it like the Gothic gloom of a Brontë novel. (Mark Dawidziak)
The Pedant's section of The Times includes a reference to Jane Eyre discussing the use of 'different to', 'different from' and 'different than':
Mr Rochester, as he sat in his damask-covered chair, looked different to what I had seen him look before," recounts Jane Eyre in Charlotte Brontë's finest novel.
The Ilkley Gazette also joins in the search for Yorkshire's top icons:
There are many icons of Yorkshire – from brass bands to flat caps and from the Brownlee brothers to the Brontë sisters – but which best sum up the county?
The Saratogian covers the closing of a local bookstore:
Forty minutes later the Murphys piled 17 books on the counter to check out. Shannon Murphy saw one last book she had to have. Emily Brontë’s “Wurthering Heights” (sic) made the sale $18 plus tax. (Glenn Griffith)
Patheos vindicates Thomas Hughes's Tom Brown's School Days:
Later Tom Brown was “accused” of promoting a “muscular” Christianity. Tom Brown is certainly muscular, but he is also tender and pious in ways ESPN or the “Man Channel” never portrays. Brown’s closest friend is like Helen in Jane Eyre driving Brown to a more consistent Christian ethic. Under his guidance Brown gives up Greek and Latin “cheat sheets” and actually learns his Greek and Latin to the point that the first year of Oxford University was a bit of a review. (John Mark Reynolds)
Examiner reviews The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky:
"The Governess of Highland Hall" is an interesting and easy read. The novel may remind you in some ways of Charlotte Brontë's beautiful "Jane Eyre" and readers will instantly be drawn into Julia's relationship with William, but also her relationship with the children, Sarah, and the servants of Highland Hall. (Kayla Posney)
Today's Associated Press Thought of the Day is from Charlotte Brontë:
"Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste."
The quote appears in Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë. The source is a letter to W.S. Williams (March 19th, 1850).

Several Italian websites publish the ratings of the Jane Eyre 2011 airing on Rai 3:
Il film Jane Eyre con Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender è stato seguito da 2.464.000 telespettatori, 9,01% di share.
seeliequeene posts a nice gif collage of the film (via fuck yeah jane eyre).

Il Corriere della Sera talks about how #classicdaleggere became a Twitter trending topic. Apparently Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are among the books recommended on the hashtag discussion; Hinton Parklander talks about a local retiring librarian and Brontëite; Keighley News covers this year’s Christmas Brontë Tractor Run in Keighley; biblioteka pod marcepanem (in Polish) reviews Charlotte Brontë i jej siostry śpiące; Lena's Ink Cage has read and loved Jane Eyre; on Sermon Network, a podcast of Speaking 4 Him reviews Jane Eyre; Bristol Old Vic shares a video where
Bristol Old Vic's Artistic Director Tom Morris talks with Madeleine Worrall (Jane Eyre) and Felix Hayes (Rochester) about the process of devising Jane Eyre for the stage.


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