Saturday, August 01, 2015

I'ts Yorkshire Day, and the Yorkshire Post gives forty reasons why Yorkshire is special:
The moors at Haworth, which make the village well worth an overnight stay rather than a quick Brontë-bagging day trip.
The York Star publishes a list of great Yorkshire women:
The Brontë sisters
Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849), were novelists born in Thornton, near Bradford.
Between them they produced some literary classics.
Charlotte, the oldest, is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, which published under the pen name Currer Bell.
Emily’s one and only novel, Wuthering Heights, is considered a classic of English literature.
The youngest of the sisters, Anne is the least known, and her best known work is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Her life was cut short by TB at the age of just 29. (Ben Green)
Living North has an article on the current Brontë Parsonage exhibition, The Brontës, War and Waterloo:
The Brontës, War and Waterloo exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth (the former home of siblings Emily, Anne, Branwell, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Maria) is filled with writings, drawings and personal objects, all of which relate to war. ‘The Brontës weren’t just good writers they were good artists so you’ve got sketches and artwork of battles. Then there’s silly things like their father Patrick Brontë’s gun sleeve,’ explains Brontë scholar and the exhibition’s Co-Curator Emma Butcher (she adds that there was a rumour Patrick kept his gun by his bed for fear of a local uprising and would shoot it out of his bedroom window every morning). (...)
Obsessed as they were with war and soldiers, did they really condone violence? As Emma makes clear, it’s difficult to tell from their later novels, where war doesn’t feature directly, but if you look back at their childhood works, which Emma has done, you find a definite support for war. ‘Although they wrote them in their teenage years, there is patriotic material in there which glorifies war,’ says Emma. ‘It’s difficult to know where their loyalties lie but I do think that Charlotte Brontë and her hero-worshipping of Wellington kind of gives it away. She can’t be much against it because she was hero-worshipping a military idol.’
Emma believes it gives an indication of how the controversial heroes from their later novels were created. ‘These ideas of dysfunctional and violent masculinity stem from their obsession with war,’ says Emma. ‘The fact that Heathcliff can beat up his dog, beat animals and beat up his wife is very shocking but it links back to their idealisation of violence and the fact they were used to writing and thinking about violent men.’ (Read more)
Tomorrow, August 2, is the final day of the National Parks Week 2015. We read in the Sunderland Echo:
The North York Moors, designated a park in 1952, and has 7 million visitors a year. The moors cover 554 miles of heath and moorland, as well as 26 miles of dramatic North Sea coast in England’s North East. This is Wuthering Heights territory. The National Park also protects more than 800 ancient monuments.
The Daily Post talks about the Conwy's Castle Hotel which
Built on the site of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, former patrons of the hotel include William Wordsworth, Samuel Johnson and Charlotte Brontë – who honeymooned at the Castle. (Tom Davidson)
It was only one night, in June 1854.

Bustle makes a list of books 'worthy of being read by candlelight'. Among them, Wuthering Heights:
Romance and candlelight go hand-in-hand, and the tumultuous, passionate love story of Cathy and Heathcliff is just the thing for reading near the flame. Their drama and angst, plus the powerful backdrop of the English moors, makes Wuthering Heights ideal for stormy reading situations — and all the better if you have to lean in to soak up every compelling, masterfully-crafted word. (Sandie L. Trombetta)
Fusion criticizes the Hollywood obsession with white guys biopics:
There is, for example, a biopic about the man who wrote Peter Pan (Finding Neverland), but no biopics of Toni Morisson, Mae West, Charlotte Brontë, Celia Cruz or Lorraine Hansberry. (Kelsey McKinney)
popmatters talks about the track Your Level Best by Stern:
‘Your Level Best’ is about doing your best in the face of adversity, while also being a commentary on adversity itself and its seemingly never-ending presence in our lives,” says [Chuck] Stern, who is clearly not a lunatic. “Escalating, repeating, ascending to heaven. Triumph in minutiae and defeat. That kind of thing. Also, I’ve always felt a “woman in the attic” vibe (from Jane Eyre) but I’m not sure how that plays into it. Musically, I think it’s oAdrien Begrand)
ur most post-hardcore ditty. Unwound is probably an influence on this one.” (
Key4biz (Italy) reviews the Italian translation of Susanne Goga's Der Verbotene Fluss:
Solo con l’aiuto dell’affascinante giornalista Thomas Ashdown, Charlotte si avvicina alla verità, una verità sconvolgente, sepolta tra quelle antiche mura. Un romanzo pieno di mistero e romanticismo. Una storia che alle atmosfere di Jane Eyre unisce una suspense unica ed elettrizzante. (Translation)
the Brontë Sisters posts about Charlotte Brontë and J.M.W. Turner. Mesis Dolgok (in Turkish) reviews Jane Eyre. Anne Brontë celebrates Yorkshire Day.

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