Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:41 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
Big Think picks a quote from Wuthering Heights as 'words of wisdom'.
Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was an English novelist and poet whose only novel, Wuthering Heights, is concerned a classic in the British literary canon. Together with sisters Charlotte and Anne, the Brontës are considered one of the great families of literary tradition, though one of the major reasons for their fame is that none of the six Brontë siblings lived to see 40. This tragedy is likely attributable to unsanitary water sources near the family home.
The following quote, spoken by the character Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights, is one that is so steeped in moral universalism that it transcends time. It's certainly resonant in the wake of current events: from terrorist violence in the Middle East and abroad to the U.S. Senate torture report released this month.
"Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends — they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies."
-from Wuthering Heights, the character Isabella Linton (Ch. XVII).
Writer Jennifer Dawson picks Jane Eyre as one of her three favourite books on USA Today's Happy Ever After.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Honestly, it was a tossup between this and Pride and Prejudice, but I'm going through a bit of a dark, Gothic phase so settled on Jane Eyre. Hands down one of my favorite books. How can you not love a brooding Mr. Rochester? I still remember the first time I read it in school. I was reluctant, but it sucked me right in as soon as I started reading and I stayed up half the night because I couldn't put it down.
More fans of Jane Eyre to be found on The Pitch.
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was perhaps English literature's first feminist, an independent woman guided by heart and instinct rather than by society's expectations. The four young women in Miry Wild have taken their band's name from a phrase in Brontë's 1847 landmark — a reference I keep in mind when I drop in on their weekly practice at keyboardist and guitarist Holly Grimwood's Raytown home. (Natalie Gallagher)
The Herald (Scotland) discusses endings after watching the 'disappointing finale of The Missing'. SPOILERS alert.
I assume then we just make up our own minds about Tony's sanity, but that's rather a cop-out. Great works of literature can have uncertain endings, like Charlotte Bronte's agonising Villette, but this isn't great art and so it should have done its job and concluded properly. To do otherwise is just frustrating, especially after making us wait throughout eight long episodes. (Julie McDowall)
The Independent mentions the editorial influences of writers.
Mary Shelley tested Frankenstein out on Lord Byron. The Brontë sisters constantly read their work to one other. Jeffrey Archer's prose was unintelligible until Mary weaved her "fragrant" magic, allegedly. (Saul Wordsworth)
The Sydney Morning Herald finds out what two people with the same name have in common.
They enjoy the same preppy dress style (Yongxin in a polo shirt, Ruichen in boat shoes) and the same favourite quote from Wuthering Heights ("I am Heathcliff!"). (Konrad Marshall)

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