Christmas Lunch and Entertainment 2016 - The annual Brontë Group Christmas Lunch took place last Saturday, 3 December. Around 40 members turned up to enjoy a three-course meal, drinks and entertai...
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The books on my bedside table are... "'Stag's Leap' by Sharon Olds, 'Effi Briest' by Theodor Fontane and 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë because we are doing it at Christmas."The New York Daily News presents Tessa Smith McGovern's book Cocktails for Book Lovers:
Tessa Smith McGovern has written 'Cocktails for Book Lovers' with recipes for drinks that accompany works such as 'Great Gatsby' or 'Jane Eyre' (...)The South China Morning Post reviews The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett
Whether you prefer mulled wine, offered in “Jane Eyre,” a Gin Rickey, like Gatsby and Daisy gulped in “The Great Gatsby,” or William Faulkner’s favorite drink, the mint julep, “Cocktails for Book Lovers” has got you covered. (Gina Pace)
Exciting as the marriage between inventive narrative and ingenious technology undoubtedly is, it's hard to say it represents a profound advance on the reading experience. Readers always shape the narrative they have chosen, and not always in linear ways. My Heathcliff, for example, will not be the same as your Heathcliff, or Emily Brontë's Heathcliff for that matter.The Telegraph has an article on fan fiction with the usual suspects:
When, where and why we read a novel also shapes the experience. Wuthering Heights read reluctantly at school as a compulsory text will feel very different when we pick it up eagerly in nostalgic middle age. (James Kidd)
But what’s the legal situation regarding living people? Scholars point out that real people fiction (RPF) has been going on since Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar – while the young Brontës honed their craft with hundreds of stories about the living Duke of Wellington disguised as the heroic Duke of Zamorna. (Julia Llewellyn Smith)The Daily Telegraph (Australia) recommends a visit to York and surroundings:
If you can hire a car, as we did, even better. It’s a few hours up the M1 but then you have the flexibility to explore further afield. The magnificent historic city of Harrogate is nearby, along with the Yorkshire moors and dales. Next time, I shall pack my hikers and do one of the brilliant organised walks, hoping to spot Heathcliff. (Fiona McIntosh)The Pen & Muse interviews Laura Inman, author of The Poetic World of Emily Brontë:
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?Sopitas (in Spanish) talks about writers' rooms and mentions the Brontë Parsonage. Correo del Sur (Bolivia) recommends Wuthering Heights 2011 in a local TV screening. Radio Times informs of the ITV3 screening today of Jane Eyre 1997. The Derbyshire Times gives away tickets for the Creswell Crags performance (next July 30) of the Chapterhouse Theatre production of Wuthering Heights. The Sundy Times has an article about Lindsay Lohan moving to London with a Wuthering Heights reference (maybe because she campaigned for being Cathy in what finally became Wuthering Heights 2011?)
The original purpose of The Poetic World of Emily Brontë was to acquaint readers with Emily Brontë’s poetry and make it accessible to even those who shy away from poetry by putting the poems in context and explaining them. As I wrote it, I became equally interested in biographical elements – using the poems to reveal Brontë’s thoughts and personality and using what I knew of her life and Wuthering Heights to cast light upon the meaning of her poems. As a result, what was a first conceived of as a kind of heavily annotated selection of poems became an investigation into her life and work. Most books of poetry can be read by perusing random poems, whereas this book is best read by turning the pages sequentially. Topics and themes build one on the other to a culminating understanding of Brontë’s world. The reason I thought this book would attract some attention was that I had never come across one with a similar format. Also, I believed that it would serve the important purpose of bringing Brontë’s poetry out of the shadows. Many know of her as the novelist who wrote Wuthering Heights, but few know that she was equally a poet. Underlying all reasons for writing this book is my enduring fascination with the Brontës that I developed ten years ago when I wrote an article on death in Wuthering Heights.