Sunday, July 26, 2015

One of the contenders for being Thornfield Hall's inspiration in Jane Eyre (in close competition with High Sunderland Hall in Halifax or North Lees Hall in Hathersage) is Thornton Hall, who happens to be featured today in the Daily Mail on Sunday:
Thornton Hall, which dates from medieval times, has been lived in by the Whitaker family since the early 1980s – and Barry Whitaker, the retired boss of a textile machinery firm, has made it his business to be a custodian of the house’s long and illustrious history.
In the 16th Century, the hall was owned by Sir Richard Tempest, a knight of Henry VIII, and by the late 19th Century, when the neighbouring Brontës had come and gone, it was the residence of Bradford textile magnate John Foster. He substantially rebuilt parts of the house that had fallen into disrepair.
‘Thornton is very important to the Brontës and, as the sisters used to look out on Thornton Hall from their home in the village, it has been said that it must have influenced Charlotte when she came to write Jane Eyre,’ Barry says. (...)
Approaching the house along a tree-lined drive, a modern visitor could really feel they had been transported back in time to the days of the Brontës; indeed, Brontë Society members have been regular visitors over the years. And there are reminders of the house’s even longer history – a set of stocks dated 1638 are in the grounds, and the garden walls sport four ‘bee boles’, cavities to hold beehives. (David Barnett)
Well, if you have £850,000 in your savings account, you know where you can invest them.

A rescue operation in the Brontë waterfalls. We read about it in Grough:
A woman was rescued after breaking her ankle when she fell into water at a West Yorkshire beauty spot.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was called out to Brontë Waterfalls after being alerted to the incident by ambulance staff. (John McHale)
Outlook India lists songs to 'celebrate the rains':
 Saawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye (Dil Diya Dard Liya, 1966)
The film Dil Diya Dard Liya was loosely based on  Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. This song, set in raga Sarang, is picturised on one of the best romantic couples on the silver  screen, Waheeda Rehman and Dilip Kumar, who played Catherine and  Heathcliff respectively, doing full justice to the tale of deep and abiding love, passion and betrayal. Composed by Naushad, with lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni. (Nirupama Kotru)
Alt Film Guide talks about TCM's showing films with Paul Henreid. Including:
Devotion (made in 1943, released in 1946), about the Brontë sisters, is chiefly of interest as the last Warner Bros. movie starring Olivia de Havilland (who, by the way, turned 97 yesterday). Devotion was released nearly three years after de Havilland sued the studio – eventually winning a landmark court case. Of note: Ida Lupino is the one who gets top billing in the film. (Andre Soares)
Paul Henreid was ArthurBell Nicholls in the film.

Longview Daily News asks the writer Lyndsay Faye by her next novel:
For her upcoming novel, Lehner [née Faye] is sticking with evildoing. “Jane Steele,” which is due out next spring, is about a female serial killer. Lehner drew inspiration from one classic novel and another contemporary thriller series. “It’s ‘Jane Eyre’ meets ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter,’ ” she said. “It’s Jane Eyre with a much higher body count.” (Tom Paulu)
The Express Tribune (Pakistan) reviews Far from the Madding Crowd 2015:
The movie is well-worth seeing, particularly for those lovers who adore film adaptations of classic literature such as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, Sense and Sensibility and Great Expectations. (Tanveer Khadim)
On NPR Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Patricia Park's novel Re Jane; Book Lovers' Sanctuary reviews The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde; Nut Free Nerd posts about Jane Eyre.


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