Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015 5:26 pm by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
The Independent reviews very positively The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz. Nevertheless the newspaper should be more careful in the editing: for instance, spelling: Howarth for Haworth and, much more inaccurate, the use of an alleged, but not verified, portrait of the sisters without any indication or clarification:
Faultlessly researched and evocatively written, In Lutz’s book the delight is in the detail. She uses material often discarded as not relevant to the main plot by conventional cradle to grave biographers to create a different, more physical recreation of the Brontës’ lives. It is a particularly appropriate genre for Victorians who believed that material remnants could maintain a connection between the living and the dead. (Rachel Trethewey)
The Guardian interviews Sally Wainwright and asks, among other things, about her love for the Brontës:
I grew up eight miles from Haworth, where the Brontë sisters grew up. The whole area is steeped in a fantastic cultural tradition. I’d encourage people to visit Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which was the lifelong family home of the Brontës. (...)
It really interests me that the Brontë sisters’ brother, Branwell, worked at the railway station in Sowerby Bridge – and that he got sacked. He was then at the station in Luddendenfoot, which is slightly further on towards Hebden Bridge. Allegedly, he got the sack because he had his fingers in the till; whether that’s true or not I don’t know but I just find it funny he used to work at the station where I went to school. (...)
Sally Wainwright will write and direct a new BBC film about the Brontës in early 2016.  (Robert Hull)
The Daily Express tells some of the reasons behind the boost in visitors to Yorkshire:
A survey by rail firm CrossCountry of more than 2,400 passengers found 39 per cent had visited a particular destination after being influenced by either a film or TV programme.
A fifth of passengers confessed to visiting Yorkshire after watching racy rural soap Emmerdale – although 24 per cent admitted they found Jane Austen novels and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights more inspiring. (Paul Jeeves)
The Gloucestershire Echo presents the first novel by Helen Maslin, Darkmere:
"It's a ghost story – I was going for a rom-com but it got darker and darker because that was more fun," said Helen, who lives in Leckhampton.
Inspiration comes from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. (Lewis Pennock)
The Emporia Gazette talks about poverty:
The truth is, the overwhelming majority of the poor have more than enough to make them successful in life. They have hearts and souls, something their so-called benefactors can’t seem to bring themselves to accept. As I think about it, I want to scream even louder, but it’s probably better to let “Jane Eyre” do my screaming for me: “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you, — and full as much heart!” (Phil Dillon)
A pathetic fallacy-like a Wuthering Heights mention in a golf article. We have it in The Boston Herald:
 In less than one round another major championship had slipped away. A full 27 have now passed since he last won one and very likely this will be the second straight in which he fails to make the cut. The latter won’t be determined until today but his game is in such a state of disrepair that Woods began hoping the weather would turn into something out of the pages of “Wuthering Heights” today, an atmospheric battering of his opponents now required for survival into the weekend. (Molly Boswell)
The Debrief lists teachers anecdotes:
'We were studying Wuthering Heights at school and my teacher (one of the ones with the wild hair and the long scarves and general air of bohemia about her) was really into the Kate Bush song. Rather than play us the video of the song, she instead decided to act it out in front of the blackboard, singing the whole thing from start to finish. Longest 3 minutes and 26 seconds of my life.'
KJ Dell'Antonia lists her reading in the New York Times:
In England I continued the strong-women theme, starting with “How to Be a Heroine,” the playwright Samantha Ellis’s semi-memoir about the heroines who have influenced her at every stage of her life, from the girls of “Ballet Shoes” and Anne of “Anne of Green Gables” through the protagonists of the Brontës, Virginia Woolf and Jilly Cooper.
Le Devoir (France) describes Mia Wasikowska's Madame Bovary like this:
De fait, on ne compte pas les scènes où la fraîche Emma (Mia Wasikowska, aussi fougueuse que dans l’adaptation de Jane Eyre de Cary Fukunaga) erre d’une pièce à l’autre, soupire à la fenêtre un jour de pluie, brode en bayant aux corneilles ou pianote sans conviction. (Manon Dumais) (Translation)
Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden)and Taz (Germany) review Far from the Madding Crowd 2015:
Hardy utforskar den dåtida könsmaktsordningen i samma litterära tradition som systrarna Brontë, Jane Austen eller George Eliot. Berättelser där desperata hjärtan hörs bulta och ett storslaget landskap utgör en egen del av handlingen, och förkroppsligar sinnestillstånd. (Maria Domillöf-Wik) (Translation)
Das Findelkind Heathcliff, das auszieht und als gemachter Mann auf den Gutshof „Wuthering Heights“ zurückgekehrt, die kecke Elisabeth, die sich gegen die viktorianischen Standesregeln in „Stolz und Vorurteil“ auflehnt, sind mit der Leinwand längst vertraut. (Anke Leveke) (Translation)
Maria Laura Rodotà column in Il Corriere della Sera (Italy) has a Brontë mention:
È che io sono sempre stata più una delle sorelle Brontë: donna di brughiera, sola e spazzata dai venti gelidi dell’Atlantico. Ma che succede? Che la vita riparte lo sapevo. Che ripartisse così no. Ma farà male? (Translation)
Check this video made at the Parsonage by a Year 10 visitor. Sam Still Reading reviews Re Jane.

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