Friday, August 08, 2014

In my mind, I was on the moors

The Huffington Post lists several true literary one-hit-wonders. Of course Emily Brontë's one and only novel is there:

Emily Brontë, like many one-hitters, qualifies for a tragic reason: an early death. Brontë was 30 years old when she caught a cold during the funeral of her brother, Branwell. Her health rapidly deteriorated, and she died three months later. By that time, aside from a smattering of juvenilia and poetry, Brontë’s brilliant writing talent had only produced one great work: Wuthering Heights, which was published only a year before her death. Though it had garnered shocked and disgusted reactions from her contemporaries, the grotesque imagery and raw passion of the book has since contributed to its long life as a literary classic. (Claire Fallon)
National Post talks about audiobooks:
In some cases, a great narrator can breathe so much energy into a true literary classic that it grips you as much as any bestselling potboiler. One of my all-time favourites is Patricia Routledge’s 14-hour, unabridged reading of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, in which she summoned up the windswept Yorkshire wilderness with dark undertones and a stunning range of accents. The highway stretched in front of me. But in my mind, I was on the moors. (Jonathan Kay)
The Guardian's Book Blog lists some of the worst book covers around. Including the (in)famous Wuthering Heights à la Twilight:
This Twilight tie-in gives Emily Brontë a black background – to indicate the depths of hormonal despair – and a nice flower. How many teenage readers wound up throwing this across the room, scowling, “I didn’t want something with substance”? (Sian Cain)
Daily Life (Australia) interviews Jeannette Winterson:
Alecia Simmonds. So you don’t renounce that line in the end of Oranges about how you want a lover who you can destroy and who can destroy you in turn?
JW: Oh, it’s all very Wuthering Heights. It’s why we never tire of all the crazy love songs. I think it is part of life. Later on you can find a love which is not destructive, but no less passionate and allows you to go out in the world together and separately and to build something. But it’s very unusual to hit that one first time round.
And the Daily Mail talks with another author, Jessie Burton:
'My all time favourites are Jane Eyre, The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid's Tale, Mansfield Park, Moon Tiger, The Sea and Wolf Hall,' declares the avid reader, mischievously adding: 'But that's just today!'  (Ruth Styles)
A.V. Club reviews the episode The Great Destroyer from Rectify (S02E08):
Ted Jr. and Tawney have lived so separately from the rest of season two that the Heathcliff-and-Catherine tragedy of this parting doesn’t land exactly as it should. (Erik Adams)
The Guardian presents a local initiative: the Bradford Community RePaint:
It’s taken 40 litres of emulsion to basecoat the walls. A further 260 litres is needed to paint the murals, which will then be varnished. But the paint comes free. It’s part of the 90 tons of waste paint that a not-for-profit scheme, Bradford Community RePaint collects each year.
In a Yorkshire subway, a team of artists are using unwanted paint that may otherwise have been tipped into landfill to create murals and stars with the names of local Bradford celebrities – from the Brontë sisters to boxers – in the Jacobs Well and the National Media Museum subways. (Joanne O'Connell)
TeenInk gives an answer to the Why Read? question:
When I intently peruse the carefully wrought out dialogues of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, I vow to myself that I will never settle for any love less passionate than that of the heroine Jane Eyre and her master, Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester. (ShirleyS)
Encore Seattle interviews Art Anderson, Rochester in the Jane Eyre. The Musical production at the Taproot Theatre in Seattle:
What do you like most about your character?
The character of Rochester is complex and loaded with contradictions. His goals and intensions are clear and focused to get the girl, though his methods of achieving them are less than thoughtful. As an actor, the challenges here are intoxicating which says nothing of the pure joy of singing this incredible score. (Jonathan Shipley)
The Brontë connection in this article of La Opinión de Zamora (Spain) is tiny but in a way also funny:
En este camino de búsqueda, recientemente me encontré con Helen Graham historiadora sobre la Guerra Civil española. La encontré porque comparte nombre con uno de los personajes de una novela de Anne Brontë, que forman parte de un universo anglosajón que me apasiona, como a Helen Graham lo español. (Hortensia Fernández) (Translation)
Il Giornale (Italy) reviews El Despertar de la Señorita Prim by Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera:
La bellezza è nella generosa ospitalità che ogni abitante cura preparando personalmente torte, cioccolata in tazza e thè di Krasnodar, come già aveva fatto Emily Brontë «che andava avanti e indietro per la cucina con il libro di tedesco in mano, mentre badava al pane che cuoceva in forno». (Giuseppe Ghini) (Translation)
Death on the Road reviews Jane Eyre;  Tiny library does the same with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; The Brontë Parsonage Facebook Wall has some photos from the family drop in workshop Wednesday.

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