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Some of Dave's images of Haworth will appear in a new biography of Anne Brontë by local author Nick Holland, due for release next year through the History Press. Dave is also in talks with a publisher about creating his own photography book, highlighting his Yorkshire scenes. (Emma Clayton)History lists several disastrous economic bubbles:
Railway ManiaThe quote comes from a letter to George Smith, October 4th 1849.
(...) Despite the frenzy of speculation, the railroad industry proved more fickle than many investors had been led to believe. After peaking in 1845, railway stocks underwent an agonizing multi-year slide. Many investments were worth less than 50 percent of their original value by 1850. Thousands of Britons felt the squeeze, including the famed novelist Charlotte Brontë, who saw the value of her shares plunge from £120 at their peak to a measly £20. “The business is certainly very bad,” she noted. “Many, very many, are by the late strange Railway System deprived almost of their daily bread.” (Evan Andrews)
Who are your favourite authors?The Stuff reviews the miniseries Indian Summers:
Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks, Julia Quinn, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Nora Roberts, Gabriel Garcia Marquez among foreign authors. Ashwin Sanghi, Ruskin Bond, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Kamala Surayya, Thakazhi, MT Vasudevan Nair, Jaishree Misra etc among Indian writers.
There truly has been something to please everyone, from political intrigue to star-crossed love to a Jane Eyre motif with the mad woman in the jungle – not to overlook racism, murder mystery and galloping alcoholism. (Jane Clifton)Slate talks about how books and film explore the sexuality of teen girls:
The inner life of a teenage girl can be like an unstable weather system, shot through with squalls, inexplicably balmy interludes, and stretches of drab rain. Writers have used first-person narration to chart this mercurial climate in books ranging from Jane Eyre to I Capture the Castle to Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding (among others) proved that the third-person does justice to a teen girl’s yearnings, too. (Laura Miller)The Moberly Monitor-Index on classical literature:
I’m sure we can all remember that one piece of literature that speaks to us on a level nothing else seems to.The Sisters'Room (in Italian) describes a trip to Top Withins.
For me that one book was Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre I was a young teen when I first picked it up. I remember sitting in my bean bag chair, next to a window, and reading for hours. I hadn’t read anything like it ever. I found myself in Jane. She was shy, smart, and Gothic, mysterious, and romantic, Jane Eyre will always hold that special place in my heart for being that first favorite read. (Rachael)