Sunday, September 13, 2015

One of the most famous losers of all, Branwell Brontë, obscure brother of the famous Brontë sisters, reluctantly joined the Manchester & Leeds Railway in 1840, becoming stationmaster at Luddendenfoot station.
Alas, he lacked the diligence required for the post, slipping away to the local inn before the last train, and leaving the accounts unsupervised.
At the annual audit, the accounts were found to be short by £11 1s 7d, and the ledgers covered with his doodles. Branwell was promptly sacked, and the missing sum deducted from his salary.
It is testament to Bradley’s tremendous frame of reference that he is able to write with equal authority on both Branwell Brontë and Timothy Potter. (Craig Brown)
Also in the same tabloid we find a minireview of the latest TV adaptation of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover:
This is why, for example, the TV versions of Jane Eyre, say, or Pride and Prejudice, shown as series running for several episodes, always work so much better than the film versions. So this was a rush, and felt like a rush, as well as superficial. (Deborah Ross)
Do you remember when Drew Barrymore visited the Parsonage? She was filming Miss You Already which has now been premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety reviews it:
And with that, roughly halfway through, “Miss You Already” has played most of its cards, the first sign of desperation being when Milly drags Jess on an impulsive, only-in-the-movies road trip to the moors, where they can see the setting of a mutually beloved book, “Wuthering Heights,” and dance in the grass to “Losing My Religion,” joined by their patient London cab driver (Mem Ferda). Unbeknownst to Jess, Milly also plans to continue an affair with an American bartender (Tyson Ritter) who is staying in Yorkshire. (Ben Kenigsberg)
Shaun Usher is preparing a new anthology of letters, More Letters of Note and on The Sunday Times he selects several letters. The poignant December 25, 1848 letter to W.S. Williams talking about Emily Brontë's recent death is among them.

The Daily Beast reviews the new book by Edward Mendelson, Moral Agents but first talks about his previous The Things That Matter:
Edward Mendelson is a dedicated celebrant of the individual. In The Things That Matter, his 2006 study of Mary Shelley, Emily and Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, he explained that he was driven by a desire to explore how each of these writers created fictions that cherished “the unique inner life of individual persons,” that insisted on “the unique meaning and value of individual life.” Rather than thinking of people as members of a particular gender, class, or group, Mendelson said, “the most intellectually and morally coherent way of thinking about human beings is to think of them as autonomous persons.” (Matthew Adams)
The Young Folks reviews the novel The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly:
I’m personally not much for mystery, though I have enjoyed some from time to time. Can we count Jane Eyre under that? That novel is gold and I, at least, was surprised. Someone’s hiding a wife in his attic. That has to count, right? Who does that? The Foxglove Killings, unlike Jane Eyre, isn’t about a man who forgets to tell his future-wife he’s hiding his already-wife in the attic and thinks he can get away with it, but it is equally entertaining and unexpected. (Stephanie Estrada
The Comet retells the story of Ian Thurman who
started his walk on Monday from The Strathmore Arms in Holwick, County Durham, before aiming to finish at The Strathmore Arms, in St Paul’s Walden, near Hitchin, on Sunday, September 27, in support of a hospice charity and Prostate Cancer UK. (...)
Ian’s walk, will take him along the picturesque Pennine Way, visiting the home of the Brontë Sisters, as well as the Peak District, with a few visits to breweries along the way, before finishing with a well-earned drink in The Strathmore Arms – the Hertfordshire version – with his wife Maggie and children Amy and James. (...)
To donate visit (Layth Yousif)
Die Welt (Germany) reviews the novel Lila by Marilynne Robinson:
Manchmal erinnert das alles an Jane Eyre oder Aschenputtel. Nur ist der Prinz hier ein alter Prediger. Und nichts geht so gut aus wie im Märchen. Lila und John kommen einander nach vielen einsam verbrachten Jahren nur sehr vorsichtig näher. Etwa über das Buch Ezechiel und Lilas Fragen nach dem Sinn ihrer Lebensgeschichte. "Ich weiß nicht, wo ich herkomme", sagt sie zu John, "ich kenn meinen eigenen Nachnamen nicht." (Carmen Eller) (Translation)
Ramblings from this chick interviews the author Emma Chase:
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I have a few favorite books. The ones I reread the most are The Bride by Julie Garwood, The Malory Series by Johanna Lindsey and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb talks with Jeanne Mackin:
Q: How did you choose the novel's structure--someone telling a story about events that happened earlier?
A: The concept of the first-person unreliable narrator is a fiction technique that has always, always entranced me. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, A High Wind in Jamaica...some of my favorite books use this technique of a narrator writing as “I,” telling the story to the reader.
Check the Brontë Bell Chapel Facebook Wall to watch pictures of the ongoing Thornton Brontë Festival.


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