Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Madwoman and the Beetles

The Northern Echo talks about the upcoming opening to visitors of Norton Conyers, but from a different point of view, the insect's point of view:

A project to tackle a deathwatch beetle infestation at the historic house which inspired Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre has unearthed 1,000 years of history at the site.
Sir James and Lady Graham said eight years' work to conserve their family's home of 11 generations, Norton Conyers, near Ripon, had revealed Viking pottery beneath the floorboards, a Tudor painted screen hiding a door behind 18th-century plaster and rare 18th-century wallpapers.
The couple said after experts revealed the property's timbers had been infested since it was built in the 17th-century and that some rooms could cave in within five years, they launched a £300,000 scheme which saw them having to live at bed and breakfast guesthouses for a year.
Sir James, whose family moved to the house in 1642, said he felt duty-bound to preserve the property, where they had found a secret staircase and room which inspired mad Mrs Rochester's room in Jane Eyre. (...)
Although the couple say they will never rid the property of the beetles and are currently restoring the King James Room, the Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s have awarded them the 2014 Restoration Award.
Harry Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby's, said: “The Grahams have achieved an heroic restoration. Their passion, extensive research and great attention to detail have lifted the veil on over 1,000 years of history, while retaining Norton Conyers’ impenetrable mystery.
"Almost 200 years after Charlotte Brontë, visitors will with no doubt be mesmerised by this fascinating house”.
The property will be reopened to visitors next July. (Mark Foster)
Carolyn Bass in The Huffington Post talks about death and how to deal with grief:
My unpublished novel, The Sword Swallower's Daughter, is sliced so full of death the pages have slits. Prowling about my work in progress are the ghosts of Heathcliff and Catherine, along with the death of a newborn baby in a derelict manor set on the moors of Yorkshire.
Tips to visit the literary London on Fodor's Travel:
What better place to begin a literary tour of London than at a library? Originally part of the British Museum, the [British] Library moved to its current location on Euston Road in 1998, transferring its collection to the 1.2-million-square-foot space. (...) Literature fans should make a beeline for the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, just to the right of the main entrance, to view the Library's stunning archival collection, which includes the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, original copies of Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Jane Eyre,and Shakespeare's First Folio, and select works from Jane Austen to the Beatles.
Total Film lists the hottest horror movies. Among them I Walked with a Zombie 1943:
If you can squint past the voodoo and Caribbean heat, I Walked With A Zombie is a sort of adaptation of Jane Eyre. But you’d really have to squint, because so much of the film’s ambience comes from the oppressive climate and elaborate rituals. (Sarah Dobbs
The New Yorker editor William Maxwell asked Salinger who his influences were in a 1951 interview for Book of the Month Club NewsRTV Slovenia quotes from it:
A writer, when he's asked to discuss his craft, ought to get up and call out in a loud voice just the names of the writers he loves. I love Kafka, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Proust, O'Casey, Rilke, Lorca, Keats, Rimbaud, Burns, E. Brontë, Jane Austen, Henry James, Blake, Coleridge. I won't name any living writers. I don't think it's right.
Guidone (Italy) has a post about Haddon Hall ('il maniero di Jane Eyre');  K.M. Weiland continues her blog tour promoting Jane Eyre: Writer's Digest Annotated Classics and has a guest post on The Writers Alley about Jane Eyre and the weather; Ode to Jo & Katniss reviews Jane Eyre 2011; WK Dowden reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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