Thursday, September 17, 2015

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While no actual Brontë biography makes it onto Jay Parini's Top 10 literary biographies in The Guardian, he does look back on the history of the genre.
The beginning of literary biography for anyone is probably Boswell’s classic Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), an entertaining portrait of the inimitable sage, or such Victorian treasures as Elizabeth Gaskell’s astute Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) or John Forster’s intimate biography of Charles Dickens (1874), his close friend.
The Elm recommends Jane Eyre as one of several books 'to Read for the Versatility of the Collegiate Mind':
5. “Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Brontë. This book is one that appeals to the romantic and the pragmatic reader alike. We follow the life of the eponymous character from her childhood of maltreatment and isolation, to her adult years as a governess at Thornfield Hall in the service of the brooding and domineering Mr. Rochester. Brontë presents to us a female lead with an uncompromising moral code and a natural sense of independence – a character who can be both compassionate and unyielding. (Erin Caine)
According to Real Screen, Sheila Hancock's 2013 documentary on the Brontës will be broadcast in the US:
Remaining documentaries in the deal include The Brilliant Brontë Sisters, focusing on actor and author Sheila Hancock’s investigation into how three sisters came to write such classic tales as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre (Daniele Alcinii)
The Wall Street Journal on the latest trends in fashion:
Tempering the heft of a Victorian motif—to avoid the impression that your outfit comes with a well-thumbed copy of “Jane Eyre”—is a crucial step in making the trend work. (Molly Creeden)
Well, our outfit certainly would.

And Bustle selects '15 Books From 2015 That Are Perfect For Confident Women', one of which is
How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
After a friendly argument forces Samantha Ellis to reconsider her opinion of Wuthering Heights' Catherine Earnshaw, she sets out to reexamine all the literary heroines she's idolized over the years. Who lives up to the hype and who falls short? Find out in Ellis' witty book, How to Be a Heroine. (Kristian Wilson)
And one of the things this columnist from The Huffington Post wants to teach her niece about being a woman is
16. Read books about strong women. Take notes. Check out Matilda, To Kill A Mockingbird, Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, The Bell Jar, To The Lighthouse, The Hunger Games and poems by Emily Dickinson. (Sasha Bronner)
Wuthering Heights is also the subject of this column in the Norfolk Daily News.
I’ve heard readers speak of the great “romance” between Catherine Earnshaw Linton and Heathcliff in this novel.
There’s no romance in this book, at least not between Catherine and Heathcliff.
In fact, Catherine loves another man, Edgar Linton, and she marries him. What there is between Heathcliff and Catherine is a base, animalistic need to possess another as part of oneself.
When that need is thwarted by Catherine’s marriage and subsequent death in childbirth, Heathcliff’s unfulfilled need warps into a desire to punish those who kept him from possessing Catherine.
THAT ISN’T romance or love. That’s a psychosis. (Tammy Marshall)
While this columnist from Salem Writes uses Jane Eyre to discuss marriage.

Mangialibri (Italy) recommends the novel Fiore di Fulmine by Vanessa Roggeri.
Se amate i feuilleton ottocenteschi, se letture come Il giardino segreto della Burnett e la celebre Jane Eyre vi appassionano, in questo libro troverete numerosi richiami, atmosfere e personaggi che sembrano strappati a quelle pagine. (Translation)
The Telegraph shares '10 surprising facts' about John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath.
The book was published on Friday April 14, 1939, on the same day that the film Wuthering Heights, starring Laurence Olivier, had its premiere in New York. (Martin Chilton)
Vulture has a recap of episode 2, season 2 of You're the Worst.
And on top of that, Jimmy is stalling on his second novel, as he explains to his agent in a magnificently self-indulgent rant during a “meeting” in a bar. (Highlights include: “Salinger, Brontë, Ralph Ellison, Sylvia Plath. The expectation of a second novel can paralyze some.” And “Writing is fear! To say that I allow fear to cripple me would be to say I am not, in fact, a writer.”) (Jessica Goldstein)
BBC Radio 4 talks to Sally Cookson about her adaptation of Jane Eyre and its evolution.

The Chronicle Herald (Canada) talks to the director of a local stage version of Great Expectations:
“I read it in Grade 12. It was up there with Faulkner, all those great novels we had to read — Jane Eyre, The Stone Angel and The Manticore. My thinking wasn’t as deep as it is now, but it made an impact.” (Elissa Barnard)
Same Same interviews cabaret star Nick Eynaud:
In that case, can you tell us about the songs audiences can expect to hear? Are there any you wished you could include? I found it hard to narrow down the list of songs. I had so many songs I wanted to put in there. I was utterly determined that “My Heart Will Go On” would make an appearance, but unfortunately she just didn’t fit. Many of the songs are parodies with rewritten lyrics to fit into my story. I’ve taken TV show themes, modern pop, Sondheim, and Disney and manipulated them into all sorts of ridiculous scenarios. I must say my proudest moment is the inclusion of “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush. Can’t wait to sing that one. (Glenn Dunks)
The Yorkshire Evening Post recommends a few walks such as
Red House, Gomersal - This delightful restored 1830s garden provides an enchanting setting for Red House, a former cloth merchants’ home. Charlotte Brontë often visited her friend Mary Taylor here in the 1830s and featured it in her novel ‘Shirley’. See scented old roses climbing arbour and arches, ornamental ‘flower basket’ beds and borders filled with period plants such as lilies, lavenders and black hollyhocks.
Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall - beautifully restored late 17th century house with walled gardens to the rear. The hall was built in 1583 and has significant civil war connections. Charlotte Brontë visited regularly in the early 19th century.


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