Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Most Influential Books or Jersey Shore vs Wuthering Heights-haters in a NYC subway

The Bookseller announces the Top 20 Most Influential Books by Women today as released by  Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction:

Prize organisers have also released a list of the Top 20 Most Influential Books by Women today (29th July) as voted for by readers (...)
3) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
5) Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Mike Larkin in The Daily Mail has an overdose of Brontë misused references in this story that some consider news worthy of being printed:
So no doubt some will accuse Snooki and JWoww of being a couple of Jane Eyre-heads after they dressed up as Victorian ladies in New Jersey on Monday. And it seems their more genteel new look was not the most spontaneous of ideas, as they were being followed around by their ever-present reality television cameras during their outing.
It momentarily seemed like the Brontë sisters had come back to life as the fragrant ladies daintily padded down the street.
The picture captions:
Jane Eyre-head: Snooki was wearing Victorian period dress as she sauntered around New Jersey on Monday
Who needs the Brontë sisters? No doubt fans of Snooki and JWoww will say they push the reality television envelope in much the same way as the former did in literature
Hitting the Wuthering Heights: JWoww certainly pulled off the look with more aplomb
The Tenants of Wildfell Hall: She was accompanied by Snooki as they headed out for the day.
Flavorwire lists the most depressing places in literature including Wuthering Heights:
As Mr. Lockwood describes this landmark of Gothic fiction:
“Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff’s dwelling, ‘wuthering’ being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed. One may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house, and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.”(Jason Diamond)
Queerty discusses same sex marriages in the American courts:
Here’s our favorite quote:
The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.
First of all, this is awesome because of the retro use of “countenance,” like one of the Brontë sisters wrote this ruling. (Matt Baume)
Joblo has seen Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak at the Comic Con 2014
To me, the picture appears to be a combination of The Haunting (the good one) and Jane Eyre or something along those lines: A lush, classic gothic romance with creepy supernatural elements. (Think Jane Austen meets Edgar Allan Poe.) (Eric Walkuski)
The Cowan Bridge entry examinations of the Brontës are now in the foreign press too. ActuaLitté says:
Si vos professeurs vous ont tenu pour bon à rien lors de votre scolarité, ils ont pu se tromper. Ce serait possiblement le cas pour les soeurs Brontë, d'après un extrait d'une réimpression de The Journal of Education: A Monthly Record and Review, de janvier 1900. Du temps où elle suivirent leurs classes de primaire, au sein de la Clergy Daughters School, Lancashire, les filles n'eurent pas que de bonnes appréciations. Elle furent taxées d'écrire « indifféremment », ou encore de « ne rien connaître de la grammaire, de la géographie, de l'histoire, ou encore de la réussite ».
Also on nrc.nl.

Laura Inman continues her blog tour promoting The Poetic World of Emily Brontë. A post on Deal Sharing Aunt or an interview on Roxanne Kade:
This book should appeal to anyone who likes to read poetry or read about poetry. Those can be two very different categories. I like reading introductions to and essays about literature, which is a different kind of read than the literary work itself. Also, the biographical content in my book cannot be discounted. My book is in large part an investigation of Brontë’s thoughts and personality. I would have liked to write a biography of Emily Brontë, except there is really nothing new to add as a pure biography to those already available. I have to imagine that anyone who has read Wuthering Heights would find much to enjoy in my book because there are so many references to it and insights. I have at times felt like I was waging my own little campaign to get the public to stop thinking of Wuthering Heights as a love story. The discussion of that novel in my book, among other things, furthers that mission.
Lovereading interviews the author Ben Fergusson:
He lists many authors as people who have affected how and what he writes – the Brontës, Dickens, Austen, Katherine Mansfield, E.M. Forster, and American writers, including James Baldwin, Truman Capote and Richard Yates. (Vikki Patis)
The ChapterHouse Theatre Wuthering Heights tour arrives to Castle Kennedy Gardens Stranraer as printed in The Galloway Gazette. Lancaster Online presents Cocktails for Book Lovers, by Tessa Smith McGovern. Richard Mansel posts about the K.M. Weiland's Annotated edition of Jane Eyre. The Brontë Parsonage tweets a Branwell sketch when he was 11 years old. Veronica's Garden posts an essay by Rachel Creager Ireland: Jane Eyre, and the Lengthy, Passionate, Descriptive Sentence. In a merry hour and Coffee Cups and Camisoles post about Jane Eyre.

And finally, this anecdote which took place on the NYC subway as told by HauteZone is one of the weirdest we have read in a while.

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