Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
Essex Chronicle / Brentwood Gazette has a Brontë-inspired quiz celebrating Emily Brontë's birthday:
It's Emily Brontë's birthday, today: that gives me the chance to at least LOOK literary …
Q1) 30th July saw the birth of novelist, Emily Brontë. In which year: 1817, 1818, or 1819?
Q2) Emily was the third youngest child of the Brontë siblings: which Brontë sister was the youngest of the family?
Q3) Who was the oldest surviving sibling?
Q4) Who was the only surviving Brontë brother … ?
Q5) The one novel Emily wrote and published was 'Wuthering' … what?
Q6) The story tells us of the love between Heathcliff and Catherine. Catherine who?
Q7) Who, in 1978, released a song based on Emily's novel … ?
Q8) Emily's sister, Anne, wrote two novels. Her first was 'Agnes Grey'. What was her second called?
Q9) Emily's other sister, Charlotte, wrote four published novels: name any of them.
Q10) Finally … in which year of the 1840s did Emily die … ? (Nik-Nak12)
My Daily gives you five classics you should probably have read. Among them
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Fourth-wave feminism probably owes a lot to this book. Critics have dubbed its main character one of the most fiercely independent and strong-willed female protagonists in the history of literature.
Although adapted countless times for the small screen, no period drama could truly compare to actually reading the novel for yourself.
It's a love story you may have attempted to conquer in your angst-ridden teen years, but its far better to tackle as an adult. And Jane, well, she could teach us all a few things about what it means to be a woman - even now. (Ellen Stewart)
More websites copying the Slate article about the Cowan Bridge entry reports: RTÉ, De Morgen (Belgium)...

The other usual suspect this week is the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction list of the most influential books by women. Politiken (Denmark), Windy City Media Group and  The Irish Times reports:
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1847)
Charlotte Brontë’s most famous novel is often spoken of in terms of the relationship that develops between the heroine and her Byronic lover Mr Rochester. Beginning with Jane’s orphaned background at a strict boarding school and showing her development into a kind and intelligent woman, it offers far more to readers than a romance story. Ahead of its time, the novel explores themes of class, gender, sexuality and religion. Relating the interior world of her heroine so convincingly earned Brontë the title of “’first historian of the private consciousness”. (...)
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (1847)
If Emily Brontë had lived past 30, who knows what other works of literature might have emerged from this talented writer? The bond between Cathy and Heathcliff has inspired a host of adaptations from ballet to television to opera to Kate Bush’s 1978 song. Brontë’s depiction of the remote moorlands in northern England is one of the finest examples of setting in literature. Challenging the strict Victorian ideals of the day, the book received mixed reviews when published but Brontë’s first and only novel is widely regarded as a classic today. (Sarah Gilmartin)
PRWeb talks about the latest video by Rebecca Baines, Hard Road:
One of the locations was Bradford on a street called Lumb Lane, once a well-known red light district. Before that time, however, it had been home to a cluster of textile mills bringing a lot of work and prosperity to the city. Indeed the city was also the birthplace of the great Brontë sisters, whose works Rebecca comments are huge inspirations for her work.
The Spirits Business highlights the most important spirit launches of the year:
Giving a literary edge to this list is Brontë Liqueur, a blackberry, sloe and jasmine liqueur created by Sir James Aykroyd, who has previously held senior roles with Buchanan’s whisky and Martini and Rosso, in honour of the Brontë sisters. Proceeds from sales of the liqueur will be donated to the Brontë Society, of which Aykroyd is an active member. (Amy Hopkins)
This is a really bizarre thinking hellokitttism variant. ChipChick presents the Hello Kitty iPhone 5s Case:
The Charmer case fits both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S, and features Hello Kitty pensively looking out of a house window, like a Hello Kitty reinterpretation of Wuthering Heights.
Marken Rasen Mail presents the ChapterHouse Theatre Wuthering Heights performances in The Old Palace in Lincoln’s Minster Yard. The Critiquing Critica reviews VilletteGrigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer posts on K.M. Weiland's Jane Eyre Annotated edition. Salmon and Souvlaki posts about Jane Eyre. Nika Vintage posts about Jane Eyre 1944.


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