Friday, July 25, 2014

Keighley News publishes the monthly Brontë Society article and among many other things the most exciting one is the discovery and purchase by the Parsonage of the production script of Wuthering Heights 1920:
We have had a very exciting recent purchase at the Parsonage. The full production script of Albert Victor Bramble’s Wuthering Heights (1920) has been discovered.
The copy of the original film has been lost and so now for the first time we can see just exactly what the film was like and how it came to be made.
There are 22 pages of production notes including details of costumes and locations used in each scene.
Bramble endeavoured to be as faithful as possible when making the film and made good use of local landmarks. He used Haworth Old Hall for Wuthering Heights and Kildwick Hall in Keighley for Thrushcross Grange.
There are even original stills of the film crew carrying their equipment and the child actors up to Top Withins. This purchase is especially exciting in the build-up to Emily Brontë’s bicentenary in 2018. 
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner looks into this year's Emily Brontë's birthday celebrations (next July 30):
It's nearly 200 years this weekend since one of Yorkshire’s most famous women was born.
Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, and a member of the family that has brought fame and fortune to the tiny village of Haworth, near Keighley, celebrated her birthday on July 30.
Although it’s 165 years since Emily died, her legacy lives on and this weekend the Brontë Society is planning a programme of events to commemorate her life and achievements.
Sunday will see a pilgrimage to Haworth on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in a reserved coach, with historian David Pearson on hand to talk about the Brontës and the railway.
At the Brontë parsonage, which was home to the family from 1820 until 1861, there will be talks on Emily and a chance to take a short guided walk across the moors that were such an inspiration to the literary sisters.
Tickets for the event are available from £11.50 for children to £19.50 for adults. Details from or by calling Sue Newby on 01535 640185 (
There is also a separate evening celebration with another talk on the Brontës and a piano recital. Tickets are £35.  (Hilarie Stelfox)
The Independent makes a 50 books list for students to read this summer:
20. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall.
36. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë's first and only published novel about the tumultuous relationship between Catherine - the daughter of a wealthy family - and her father's adopted son, Heathcliff. (Roisin O'Connor)
The Slate article about the well-known (for Brontëites at least) annotations of the registry at Cowan Bridge seems to have inspired some bloggers around:
Charlotte’s teachers said she “[wrote] indifferently” and “[knew] nothing of grammar, geography, history, or accomplishments.” At least instructors pointed out that she “worked neatly”?
As for sister Emily, author of Wuthering Heights, her evaluation was best. She “reads very prettily and works a little,” her teachers wrote. The other two sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were both evaluated as writing “pretty well,” although each sister was also knocked for her grammar. Slate has a great shot of the reports here.
Of course, we all know the rest of the narrative — at least for literary success. Makes you feel pretty good if you’re the kind of writer who crutches on spell check, no? (Meredith Turits on Bustle)
Here’s some hopeful news if you were ever told by your teachers that you’d never amount to anything: In grade school, Charlotte Brontë’s teachers at the Clergy Daughters School said she “[wrote] indifferently” and “[knew] nothing of grammar, geography, history, or accomplishments.” Slate dug up the reports, which were reprinted in the January 1900 issue of The Journal of Education: A Monthly Record and Review. (...)
Of course, Charlotte and Emily Brontë became feminist icons and two of England’s most renowned novelists, and Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are in the canon of British literature. Poor Anne Brontë, whose work is often overlooked in favor of her sisters’, didn’t even go to the same school. (Jacob Sham Sian on Entertainment Weekly)
The Herald of Everett reviews Jane Eyrotica by Karena Rose:
Jane Eyrotica by Charlotte Brontë and Karena Rose. A somewhat popular literary trend of recent years is the literary remix. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, The Meowmorphosis and Zombie Island are just a few examples of classic literature updated in an absurd, nearly surreal manner. The best of these feature seamless rewrites, the style of the modern author matching perfectly that of Austen, Kafka and Shakespeare. Jane Eyrotica is a rather racy remix of Brontë’s classic, rampant with bosom heaving, Victorian innuendo, bondage and somewhat explicit carnal activities. Although the story is changed a bit (Jane being 16 rather than 10) to accommodate the subject matter, this is a well-written book, classic yet sexual, and a far cry above the quality of Fifty Shades. For a quick taste, witness Jane’s reaction when looking at a photograph of an attractive man:
Upon first seeing [his eyes], I had felt a jolt of pleasure beneath my petticoat;
A fairly tame observation, Victorian in its naiveté, but merely an aperitif of what is to come.  (Ron)
The Northern Echo describes an excursion to Brontë country:
On Tuesday we went back to Haworth, home of the famous Brontë sisters and completed an exhilarating four-mile walk on Haworth Moor to some of the places which inspired Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Interestingly, some of the public footpath signs had directions in Japanese.
A Brontë mention on an Atlantic CityLab article about the (too high) temperatures inside the London Tube this summer:
Trains on these lines do have some air blown in from vents (and windows at the ends of carriages that open to provide a breeze), but the gusts they provide is more Barbie hair dryer than Wuthering Heights. (Feargus O'Sullivan)
Karen Hardy makes a curious reference in an article about the Commonwealth Games in The Canberra Times:
I must admit I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by the whole idea of colonialism. The books A Passage to India, Wide Sargasso Sea and Heart of Darkness were on my reading list growing up. Sunday afternoons spent watching epic films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Zulu, and in later years Out of Africa and The English Patient kept me captivated for hours.
The Brontë Parsonage tweets the 1822 Charlotte Brontë sampler;  My Head is Full of Books reviews Always Emily by Michaela MacCall; K.M. Weiland, editor of the Annotated Classics Jane Eyre edition posts on The Procrastiwriter about What Jane Eyre Can Teach You About Mind-Blowing Heroines.


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