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Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë was a landmark in modern biography, drawing on letters, interviews and gossip to create a vivid portrait of the author which attracted much controversy when it was published in 1857. Among its fiercest critics was Charlotte's father Patrick, who objected most vociferously.The Guardian features the library of Pierre Bergé, collector and former partner of Yves Saint Laurent.
Claire Harman brings a fresh eye to many of the same papers studied by Gaskell to compile her Charlotte Brontë: A Life (Viking, £25). The Gothic atmosphere and heartbreaking details remain, but Harman achieves a great feat by making the story seem new again. She is particularly good on Charlotte's unrequited love for Monsieur Héger (an area much censored by Gaskell), and I defy anybody to read the death-bed scenes of Emily and Anne with a dry eye. (Marcus Field)
In addition, la Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé boasts super-rare early copies of classics by Cervantes, Joyce, Brontë, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and more. They were acquired by Bergé himself and “his agents”, to a strict formula that only books by authors he admired were admitted. (Stephen Smith)The library is going under the hammer in Paris on December 11, though we have been unable to find what the Brontë-related item(s) actually is/are.
Suelen encontrarse de repente manuscritos extraviados: reaparecen como los indicios reveladores de un crimen en las novelas de misterio. Es el caso de dos inéditos de Charlotte Brontë, encontrados hace apenas unas semanas; vienen a agregarse a la obra de quien escribió la muy famosa Jane Eyre, la hermana de Emily y Anne Brontë, también poetas y escritoras (sobre todo Emily, autora de la extraordinaria Cumbres borrascosas que para Georges Bataille simbolizaba La literatura y el mal, título de unos de sus textos más importantes). (Margo Glantz) (Translation)The Telegraph discusses religion and how it should be taught in schools.
The very fact of treating religion as an academic subject, no more or less sacred than English Literature, encouraged scepticism. The Old Testament was just another text to be analysed and considered within its historical context – no more likely to contain any definitive truth than, say, Wuthering Heights. (Jemima Lewis)Keighley News shows some of the entries of a local photography competition. One of the pictures shows the area around the Brontë Bridge in autumn. Patheos' Eidos features the song Brave Enough for Love from Jane Eyre the Musical. The Newtown Review of Books reviews The Women's Pages. Life, reflections and green things does the same with Jane Eyre.