Thursday, July 23, 2015

Manchester Evening News talks about the Gaskell 'outing' at the University of Manchester:
Highlights in this unique digital archive include a ‘warts and all version’ of her biography of Brontë - unedited, and complete - plus the original handwritten manuscript of Wives and Daughters which Gaskell was working on until her death on November 12, 1865. (Sarah Walters)
A lovely article (for parents, for sure, but not only) in the Huffington Post contains a Brontë reference:
There is a woman wearing my guilt ring's pair. A woman who is sitting at home doing something wonderfully mundane, like reading Jane Eyre for the 137th time, or cooking kale and lentil soup with the burner on high and way too much cumin. She is a woman connected to me by years of love and awkwardly unspoken distances. A woman humming a Lucy Kaplansky song to herself while her husband floats through a blinking, shrieking Neverland with his fairy girl. (John Metta)
Franklin Favorite describes Wuthering Heights:
Perhaps one of the most infamous tales in literature, Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" tells the story of a young love and betrayal. (...)
Brontë tells the story through flashbacks guided by old diary entries. Despite being published in 1847 the piece of literature is regarded as an unforgettable novel. This book is an engrossing read with hauntingly beautiful characters. (Megan Purazrang)
The Times publishes the obituary of the Russian librarian Ekaterina Genieva who
She boldly specialised in the work of James Joyce, who was widely banned in Soviet cultural life, and later worked on bibliographies, edited editions and criticism of authorsincluding Dickens, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf. She eventually published more than 150 works.
Also in The Times, the Daily Quiz contains a Brontë-related question.

Audio Media International publishes a profile of the AIR Studios:
Among the sessions at AIR, [Dave] Harries has fond memories of many – including a young Kate Bush recording what would become her debut album. “Jon Kelly was the engineer and Andrew Powell was the producer and arranger. They were in Studio 2 next to my office when I heard this wonderful sound. It was Kate doing the guide vocal for Wuthering Heights. My hair stood on end. I said at the time it would be massive – and it was. (Matthew Fellows)
The Worksop Guardian offers free tickets to see the Chapterhouse production of Jane Eyre in Gainsborough:
Charlotte Brontë’s classic love story Jane Eyre at Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough next month.
And we have a pair of tickets to give away for the event.
Young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets the enigmatic Mr Rochester.
And so begins this most unforgettable of love stories.
When a secret from the past returns to haunt them, can Jane and Rochester’s passion survive the forces that might tear them apart forever?
The production is the latest offering from Chapterhouse, who have been touring the country presenting their productions of classic novels and plays since 1999.
Their Gainsborough performance is on 21st August at 7.30pm.
Bustle lists several 'feminist' names you can give your kid. Among them:
 Jane (Austen) (Eyre) (Addams)
While we can’t know if Jane Austen would have described herself as a feminist, we do know that she wrote novels about funny, independent, thinking women who are unwilling to settle for anything less than husbands who love and respect them. Another “Jane” inspiration could be the fictional Jane Eyre, who declares, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” If that’s not enough awesome Jane-ness, check out Jane Addams, a philanthropist and women’s rights activist who, from 1919 to 1929, was president of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1931, she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Lara Rutherford-Morrison)
New Times quotes music conductor Scott Yoo talking about J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor:
“In a great way, I feel like an ant when I study this music,” Yoo said. “When it comes to Bach’s music, I just cannot comprehend that someone wrote this. My brain can’t get around this fact. It’s just too good for someone to have written it down.”
Think Yoo’s being a little overly dramatic? Just consider your own favorite album, book, or movie—the classics that have been around since well before you were born. Doesn’t it just feel like that piece of art has—I don’t know—always been there? Like Brontë’s Jane Eyre or the black and white masterpiece Casablanca: It didn’t simply spring from the ether. Someone had to create it. (Hayley Thomas)
According to The Mirror, Branwell Brontë was one of the contenders for being in portrayed in the £20 banknotes:
Branwell Brontë (1817-1848)
A painter and poet less famous as his author sisters. He was home-schooled by his father but was the first Brontë to get into print. His life dissolved into drink and debt soon afterwards. (Emily Retter & Emma Pietras)
Il Post (Italy) has an article about the (in)famous Daily Mail picture but as the title says, the alleged picture is most probably not authentic but it's a good excuse to talk about the Brontës and Giulia Siviero covers most of the usual Brontë suspects:
La storia delle sorelle Brontë è sicuramente straordinaria e giustifica in parte il grande interesse che può nascere dalla fragile ipotesi di una loro fotografia: tre donne nate e cresciute in condizioni piuttosto difficili che pubblicarono lo stesso anno tre romanzi, due dei quali ebbero subito un grande successo ed entrarono nella storia della letteratura. (Translation)


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