Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës - It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Anne Brontë’s writings, and those of her sisters Emily and Charlotte Brontë as well. There are other writers who I lo...
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Did you know that Ann(sic) Brontë is buried in the graveyard at St Mary's Church? (Maxine Gordon)ABC Radio (Australia) interviews the writer Nikki Gemmell:
Gemmell had wanted to be a writer ever since she devoured Jane Eyre as a primary school student in Wollongong. But being brought up by a single mother instilled a fear of becoming a 'starving poet in a garret' in her, and so after leaving university she set out to make a living. (Rosanna Ryan)Chicago Sun-Times reviews a local production of After Miss Julie:
Miss Julie, recently jilted by the officer she fancied, is clearly on the prowl, and desperate to lose her virginity. She and John have had a powerful, long-suppressed attraction since she was a child (there are echoes of Heathcliff and Catherine of “Wuthering Heights” here). (Hedy Weiss)Sioux City Journal reports the new Janes in town:
#29. JaneWe had a good laugh with this satirical piece on SBS's The Backburner:
Rank in 2014: 322nd
This name originated as a female form of John, but has grown to be so much more. The name was hugely popular in the 17th century as an element in name combinations (such as Sarah-Jane) but was also used in the 1400s. A 19th century influence on the name comes from the main character in Charlotte Brontë's novel “Jane Eyre” (1847). (Laura Delamare)
“There are some really dangerous ideas in there for young people,” claimed one parent. “We should be sticking to the classics - like Wuthering Heights, that excellent story about the harassment of a woman by a scorned almost-lover who feels entitled to her life, or Romeo and Juliet where those teens go have sex then kill themselves - that’s what they should be studying.More lists on Bustle, "10 Ways To Get Out of Your Genre Rut":
Choose A Book That Was Assigned Reading, But That You Never Actually ReadAccording to Domain, these are a few things you should have in your home after the age of 30:
Whoever thought that assigned reading could actually be interesting? Sure, it seems as though every book a teacher ever assigned got automatically blacklisted, however, if you open your mind, this could be the way to finally get yourself to a whole new place in your literary life. Break out the old syllabus and get to reading. You may find that you have a new respect forWuthering Heights when it isn’t forced upon you. (Vanessa Jackson)
A copy of the following books: Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Love in a Cold Climate, The Pursuit of Love, The Line of Beauty, The Dud Avocado, The Group and Infinite Jest (this final one you will never read, but best keep it there with the thought that you might one day). This is mostly because these are my favourite books and I think everybody should read them. But really, you just need to have books – because not having any is unforgivable. (Annie Stevens)Financial Times discusses radio podcasts including
The presenter Melvyn Bragg unexpectedly discovered his appetite for learning was shared when he was given 9am on a Thursday morning — the “death slot” — on BBC Radio 4. He used the opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do: hurry leading academics through their field of expertise, live on air. Bragg himself thought this concoction would last about six months. In Our Time has survived 17 years.Manga Maniac Cafe posts the favourite reads of writer Emma Chase:
Although by the end of the 45 minutes you might not entirely understand nuclear fusion, utilitarianism, Jane Eyre, carbon — or whatever topic has been chosen that week — having it as a podcast allows you to rewind and have another go. Either way, the harried scholars are invariably fluent and generous with their knowledge. (Lily Le Brun)
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: I’ve adored this book since I was fifteen years old – the drama, the passion! To me, Heathcliff is the prototype for every romantic “bad boy” who came after him.