Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Keighley News reports the news of the acquisition of the Wuthering Heights 1920 script by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and gives some more details:
Sarah Laycock, library and information officer at the parsonage, said this week: "It is fantastic that we have this. It is unique.
"It is not a script in the usual sense because it was a silent film but they're directional notes and provide fascinating reading.
"The film itself is lost, which makes these notes even more important.
"The script will go on display in the museum after the winter closure. It can't be exhibited immediately because we will need to get new labels produced and reorganise the displays." (Alistair Shand)
The Sunday Herald wonders what Walter Scott would vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland:
He was also the most influential Scottish writer there has ever been or is ever likely to be. Novelists as diverse as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Balzac, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy were happy to acknowledge their indebtedness to him. For without Scott it is debatable whether the novel as we know it would have enjoyed the success it subsequently did. (Alan Taylor)
Four writers discuss for The Independent the impact, influence ... of Kate Bush's music:
"Wuthering Heights" drifted through the house and I became word-perfect. I wasn't allowed to wear multiple skirts or crimp my hair but I practised the voice that soared from high squeals to low moans in front of the mirror, along with the slightly deranged movements. I had the album cover of The Kick Inside on my wall and gazed at the exotic creature on a Japanese kite with a giant eyeball. What did it all mean? (Lisa Markwell, IOS editor)
What makes Kate Bush special in my eyes is that she is absolutely, unequivocally an individual. Her first single on EMI was "Wuthering Heights", an ode to Emily Brontë. What balls (oh, to be a fly on the wall when that label meeting was had). (Lauren Mayberry, Chvrches vocalist)
But is there a Kate Bush image? Yes, absolutely. It's her drifting about in a nimbus of white chiffon for the "Wuthering Heights" video, hair crimped to kingdom-come, arms tremblante, lots of backlighting, like a 1970s album cover come to life. (Alexander Fury, IOS fashion editor)
Also in The Independent, a review of the paperback edition of A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland:
His is not a challenging or revolutionary history: you will find no Marxist dissection of Heathcliff as a working-class anti-hero here, for instance, and in that sense, it is ever the establishment view, for all its awareness of women’s issues and race and colonialism. (Lesley McDowell)
Ramona Depares in The Times of Malta remembers the actor Robin Williams and, in particular, the film Dead Poets Society:
When I saw the film on Italian television, a couple of years after its cinema release, I was one moody teenager in the full throes of a love affair with authors like Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Simone de Beauvoir, Emily Brontë, Flaubert, Oscar Wilde and the like.
The Guardian has an interesting article about, among other things, bibliomemoirs:
Others published this year deal in titles that are popular, well-loved and regularly dramatised (in this country, at least) on television and radio. Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch is devoted to George Eliot's masterpiece; Samantha Ellis's How to Be a Heroine is a fond re-examination of the stories she loved as a girl, among them Wuthering Heights, The Bell Jar, Pride and Prejudice and Gone With the Wind; among the 50 great books Andy Miller includes on his List of Betterment in The Year of Reading Dangerously are Catch-22, Lord of the Flies, Crime and Punishment and The Code of the Woosters. (Rachel Cooke)
The Burlington Times News reviews the novel The Quick by Lauren Owen:
The story is told through multiple characters’ perspectives as well as letters and diaries, making this novel reminiscent of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Kostova’s “The Historian.” Even Owen’s writing style resembles the style of great Victorian novelists like Mary Shelley and the Brontë sisters. (Kathryn Lallinger)
The Daily News lists several recent sequels or retellings of classic novels:
Flight of Gemma Hardy,” by Margot Livesey. “Jane Eyre” is one of my favorite novels of all time and so I would judge any reinterpretations very closely, and probably harshly. However, Livesey has done a wonderful job of bringing Jane into the 20th Century with a well-written book that creates a modern Jane character worthy of the original. (Chris Skaugset)
El Universo (Ecuador) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the reading club Mujeres del Ático:
Entonces había que explicar nuestro nombre. Nos llamábamos así porque una lectura de cierta novela inglesa –Jane Eyre, para ser más precisos– introdujo una inteligente interpretación: en un ático, el poder masculino había encerrado a una mujer para silenciarla, mientras una modosa heroína captaba admiración por su acatamiento y solidaridad. La “loca” prisionera era una víctima, pero a los ojos del lector quedaba como el signo de la mala fortuna de un buen hombre bloqueado por la existencia de esa mujer inútil.  (Cecilia Ansaldo Briones) (Translation)
The Adroit Journal questions the feminism in Jane Eyre;  Redrosechain uploads a trailer of their Wuthering Heights production at Jimmy's Farm in Ipswich.

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