Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:11 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The Spectator reviews William Atkins's The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature:
Much more vivid are his encounters with the dead. Some of these are well-known, such as Ian Brady, Sylvia Plath, Henry Williamson, W.H. Auden, the mad Vicar of Warleggan and Emily Brontë — rather a mixed bunch you might well think, and not the kind of people everyone would choose as holiday companions, but despite this their encounters with various moors are sympathetically integrated into Atkins’s own journeys. (Charlotte Mitchell)
Coincidentally, a review of Maleficient by Screen Junkies teaches the film's makers what a moor looks like.
First, someone needs to tell writer Linda Woolverton what a moor is. A moor is not a land of hills and forest filled with magical creatures that look like rejects from the world of Harry Potter. This is not a moor:

This is a moor:

A flat, windswept land, most likely in the English countryside, upon which tragic lovers named Heathcliff and Katharine [sic] can find love and solitude. (Philip Harris)
Funny as it is, we rather think that Linda Woolverton just names her fantastic realm The Moors because it sounds nice.

The Erie Times-News reviews the preview a performance of Jane Eyre as a one-woman show by Dorothy Kaliszewski at the Erie County Public Library, PA (Today, June 12 at 1:00 PM)
Kaliszewski, whose previous adaptations include "A Christmas Carol" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel," noted that the book's initial length proved the most daunting obstacle as she began to craft her own version.
"In paring down a 400-plus-page work to a 75-minute play I had to say goodbye to some favorite scenes," she said. "But the resulting show moves nicely and captures the essential nature of the work." [...]
"Audiences will see a different kind of interaction than the typical TOTM variety," Kaliszewski said. "A little subtler, a little more reflective. But because 'Jane Eyre' is told so wonderfully in first person, there is a kind of de facto interaction that happens which is quite special. There may be a few surprises, too."
"Jane" has engaged readers for more than 150 years and inspired dozens of adaptations and spinoffs in various forms. Kaliszewski isn't surprised that the tale has connected so well with such a diverse range of people.
"She is such a modern spirit," she said. "She tells her story with wry wit and simplicity. Though she's the heroine, she is a blessedly imperfect one -- and we love to root for the underdog, don't we?
"And we can't forget about Mr. Rochester, the archetypal dark and brooding hero. When you read the novel, you just can't help wishing you could sit in an armchair across from him, a roaring fire going, just listening to him talk."
Literary enthusiasts looking for that sense of intimate connection now have one more reason to go to the library. (Erin McCarty)
ECNS (China) shows pictures of the Jane Eyre ballet produced by the Shanghai Ballet and the Shanghai Grand Theatre in 2012. The production is currently on tour and was performed last June 11 at the Tianjin Grand Theatre.

The Independent (Ireland) interviews writer Stephen Burke about his school years.
What books inspired you? Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights had a big impression on me. I also like Michael Ondaatje and Sebastian Barry. But I wasn’t really a big reader in school. That came later.
Despite the never-ending debate of whether Mr Rochester is actually Adèle's father or not and even though he really becomes a father by the end of the novel, we had never seen him mentioned matter-of-factly as a father among other literary dads. But that's where an article from Bustle places him:
Fathers of classic literature tend to be men of few words: think Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, or any of the rugged American dads of John Steinbeck. They may love their children with a deep and abiding passion, but that doesn’t change the fact that they probably won’t say so. (Tori Telfer)
Her.ie and Bookish Whimsy post about Jane Eyre; Swish Swirl has created a whole Jane Eyre doll dress based on Jane Eyre 1983; The Introverted Reader reviews Jane by April Lindner; Open Viola uploads a lecture by Professor Diane Vincent with the name Why St. John Rivers Isn't Just a Jerk in Jane Eyre.

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