Saturday, September 05, 2015

Saturday, September 05, 2015 1:29 pm by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
Wall Street Journal reviews The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz:
Children’s Books: An American Jane Eyre
In ‘The Hired Girl,’ young readers get a heroine not just for the early 20th century, but also for our own time. (...)
When her father abruptly forbids further schooling and destroys her treasured novels, however, the girl is made desperate. Joan has little education and even less money, but having covertly perused the help-wanted ads in the newspaper, she reasons that, like Jane Eyre, she too can find at least “a new servitude.” (Meghan Cox Gurdon
Also on Publishers Weekly:
Joan is reminiscent of heroines like Anne Shirley, Jo March, Cassandra Mortmain, and her own favorite character, Jane Eyre (Joan even gives herself a fittingly literary alias, Janet Lovelace). Her overactive imagination, passions, and impulsive disregard for propriety often get Joan into trouble, but these same qualities will endear her to readers everywhere.
The Times' Six of the Best mentions Bertha Mason in an article on portraits of madness by Lisa Appignanesi.

The Spectator reminds us of what happened when Charlotte Brontë first arrived at Cowan Bridge:
Eight-year-old Charlotte Brontë was described by hers in less than glowing terms: she ‘writes indifferently’ and ‘knows nothing of grammar, geography, history or accomplishments’. (Lucky Vickery)
Clovis News Journal lists some of the new books at the local library:
The Lost Child,” by Caryl Phillips conjures a young Heathcliff, the antihero of Wuthering Heights, and his ragged existence before Mr. Earnshaw brought him home to his family in a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it.
The Guardian's Fashion hot news includes:
Alasdair McLellan’s ads for Margaret Howell Wish You Were Here meets Wuthering Heights.
The Yorkshire Evening Post announces some of the highlights of the upcoming (October 2-18) Ilkley Literature Festival:
Other performance pieces this year include Nine Lives about the experiences of a young asylum seeker in the UK, written by Leeds-based playwright Zodwa Nyoni and We are Brontë, a knockabout comic physical theatre show about the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire’s most famous literary siblings. (...)
The Brontës provide one of the festival’s seven key themes this year – After Waterloo: The Brontës and Their World. “We have a whole range of Brontë anniversaries coming up and we wanted to do something the set the stage for that,” says Feldberg. “The Battle of Waterloo happened a few years before the Brontës were born and they were fascinated by Napoleon and Wellington. I thought it would be interesting for audiences to see what the world the Brontës came in to was like.” Events that come under this strand include Clare Harman talking about her new biography of Charlotte Brontë, while novelist Patricia Dunker considers Charlotte’s lesser known novel Villette, once described as ‘too subversive to be popular’. 
The Irish Times and some so-called first-world problems:
We are born to worry. No starving person will fret much about whether university administrators have placed “trigger warnings” in copies of Jane Eyre. People who really have life-threatening illnesses don’t bother with the imaginary ailments that affect the worried well. (Donald Clarke)
More Bustle lists:  Books To Read Now That You’re Mature Enough To Really Get What They’re About
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
As an eight-year-old I took it upon myself to try and read Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre. I have no idea why I thought I’d be able to read it: I think I had heard it was about a ghost in a castle attic and that seemed appealing. Even in college I never had the opportunity to read it for class, and I floated through life, vaguely aware of what Jane Eyre was about, never having read it. Finally, on a long flight, I read the entire book, at the age of 28, was shocked to find the book about much more than the mysterious Mr. Rochester and that ghost in the attic. It’s really a novel about Jane, of course, and about staying true to oneself at all costs. (Jessica Ferri)
More Grey stuff in Las Provincias (Spain):
Sí, lo confieso, yo he leído las 50 sombras. Cómo lectora empedernida que soy, devoro todo lo que cae en mis manos desde Murakami a Megan Maxwell, pasando por las hermanas Brontë, qué le vamos a hacer… Por eso me apetecía escribir sobre este “fenómeno” por llamarlo de alguna manera. (María José Pau) (Translation)
Keighley News reports the uncertain future of the Brontë Weaving Shed store in Haworth; The Guardian publishes the obituary of Clifford Hatts (1921-2015), production designer of, among many others (notably the Quatermass and the Pit series), Wuthering Heights 1962. Reads and Daydreams vlogs about tv and film adaptations of Jane Eyre. A room of one's own discusses Jane Eyre, The Yellow Wallpaper, and abusive males in 19th century literature.


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