Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Western Daily Press gives us the results of a recent survey on classic literary heroines:
Elizabeth Bennet, the charming and quick-witted protagonist from Jane Austin's  (sic) beloved Pride and Prejudice, has been crowned the nation's all-time favourite classic literary heroine.
Agatha Christie's much-loved detective Miss Marple was runner-up, followed by the eponymous central character from Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. (...)
The survey of 1,000 UK adults was conducted by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to mark the DVD release of Thomas Hardy's Victorian love story 'Far from the Madding Crowd', whose Bathsheba Everdene was named 13th most popular character
A spokesman said: "The study shows that classic stories are still very popular amongst the British public. (...)
3. Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre - (1847) Charlotte Brontë (...)
9. Catherine Earnshaw - Wuthering Heights (1847) Emily Brontë
The Sunday Express publishes a list of the best new short story collections:
The Redemption Of Galen Pike by Carys Davies (Salt, £9.99)
This delicate, magical collection won the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Stories and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and it’s easy to see why. They are precise but full of beautifully observed details that fill compact vignettes with incident and emotion.
They include the sadly tender tale of Charlotte Brontë heading to a meeting with her publisher with a declaration of love in her heart and The Journeyman where a world of unexpressed yearning is given voice in a gift of an uneaten dish of fresh peas and mint and a page-and-a-half of faultless prose. (Charlotte Heathcote)
Deccan Herald reviews yet another collection of stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin:
Did I mention that, in one story, a couple’s date involves going to a Greyhound bus station to watch Midnight Cowboy on personal TV sets into which they feed quarters? Did I mention the narrator who observes that “heroin” sounds nice because the word reminds her of Jane Eyre and Becky Sharp and Tess? (Dwight Garner)
Entertainment Weekly reviews the latest episode of Hannibal (Season 3, Episode 13):
Of course things go wrong. Dolarhyde can’t be controlled, nor his actions predicted, in such a way. He attacks the convoy, leaving only Hannibal and Will for a brief road trip to Hannibal’s cliff-side dacha, where he previously kept Miriam Lass and Abigail. The setting is like that of the Brontë novel Will and Hannibal were always secretly enacting. (Keith Staskiewicz)
More reviews, The Post and Courier publishes an article about Outline by Rachel Cusk:
Whether with strangers or loved ones, the dilemma stays the same: Is it possible to be close (and share a story, a journey, a life) while also keeping separate and free? The narrator’s feelings are almost always mixed. On one hand, she considers human separateness a kind of tragedy. She laments, for instance, the separateness of Cathy and Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights,” looking from the outside into the Lintons’ drawing room and seeing totally different scenes. To Cathy, the family scene is everything she wants, to Heathcliff, everything he disdains. When the narrator’s airplane neighbor takes her by boat to a small cove, they find themselves sharing the space with a family. She can’t take her eyes off them. (Catherine Holmes)
Hickory Record has an article about Janine Mendenhall, historical fiction writer:
Mendenhall said to think in terms of Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, or even Downton Abbey when wondering what sorts of stories influenced her writing and her fascination with period costumes. (Mary Canrobert)
Whiplash talks about the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering 1976 (with blunder included):
Citações literárias continuam misturadas com tentativas de humor, como atestam os títulos das instrumentais "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers…" e "…In That Quiet Earth" , que reproduzem as frases finais do romance O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes (Wuthering Heights), de Charlotte Brontë (NOP, wrong sister!) e da filler “Wot Gorilla”, referência a Chester Thompson, ex-Frank Zappa, que passara a acompanhar o Genesis nas turnês. (Roberto Rillo Bíscaro) (Translation)
 The Times posts a short review of Alison Case's Nelly Dean and lists the National Theatre's production of Jane Eyre as one of the Autumn season hottest tickets. Little Crocodile posts a nice Jane Eyre illustration. Pepi's Symposium talks last year's Shake and Stir's production of Wuthering Heights in Australia. Absolutely Gothic posts about Heathcliff and larchs (did the Monty Python knew about this?).


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