The genesis of genius. The tiny books. - The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after...
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BBC1 Filming alert in Haworth! I attended a meeting last night with the BBC location manager who worked on Happy Valley, he was telling us about a new Brontë drama being filmed, which will be for screened in December. (Called To walk invisible)New Statesman has a review of the recent adaptation of Jane Eyre for BBC Radio 4, and it's not a good one.
Here's some more info:
W/C 27th May 2016 :
The top of Main Street will be totally transformed into the 1800's over five days.
Tues 7th June to 8th June :
Filming to commence.
There's also currently a replica of the Brontë Parsonage and school rooms being built already on the car park towards top withins.
(Anything in the black border in the map will be turned into 1800's)
So, there you are, listener – not reader – she married him.” Jenni Murray attempted to make sense of the final episode of a ten-part dramatisation of Jane Eyre (Friday 11 March, 10.45am) by the novelist Rachel Joyce, made for the bicentenary celebrations of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, and occupying the 15 Minute Drama slot of Woman’s Hour over the past couple of weeks.Jezebel has an article on Ellen Nussey breaking her promise and not burning much of her letters from Charlotte Brontë.
The euphoric “Reader, I married him” had become “And so I married him” for the radio, a line with no tractor-beam whatsoever. Altogether, the end of the adaptation lacked welly. Though earlier episodes retained such incandescent Brontë phrases as “I longed to be his; I panted to return” and “Far better that crows and ravens . . . should pick the flesh from my bones”, Rochester and Jane’s reunion, pushed into the closing five minutes, came over weirdly unsexy.
How well I remember first reading Jane Eyre at my super-intense convent school in Manchester, the entire class of girls flushed purple over the book’s incomparable erotic magnetism (“to be my second self”). Hoping to encourage us to embrace Jane’s “feminism” – her thriving on resistance (“Speak I must”) and her high bar for female happiness (“a vigorous, an expanded mind”) – the nuns showed us the 1983 TV miniseries. It backfired horribly. When Jane refused to go and live in the south of France with the bigamous Timothy Dalton, we turned to the nuns, who were unable to supply a credible rationale from what seemed an inexplicable error by a woman far madder than the one in the attic. Timothy Dalton! And did you see the size of his house!
One of the strangest things about the ultimate radio episode was that Jane (played by Amanda Hale) and Rochester (Tom Burke) didn’t even sound as though they were in the same room together. It was as if the parts had been recorded on different days. This was surely not a couple looking each other in the eye. “To be privileged to put my arms around what I value,” keens Brontë on the page, “to press my lips to what I love . . .” The clinching adapted moments were too polite, too full of unspoken resentments. One sensed silences across breakfast tables to come. “And so I married him” sounded almost like an apology. (Antonia Quirke)
One of the best documented novelists of the 19th century is Charlotte Brontë, thanks in large part to the fact that she was a lifelong, avid writer of notes, stories, little (sometimes just three inches tall) books and manuscripts, and of letters. Over her lifetime Charlotte wrote thousands of letters to a wide array of correspondents: her family, when she was away from home; close friends; and later in life, her publisher and editors, as well as other famous writers. Her two longest correspondences were with her closest school friends—the smart, outspoken, and liberal Mary Taylor, and the quiet, more proper Ellen Nussey. (Laura June) (Read more)The Yorkshire Post features Sam Baker and her novel The Woman Who Ran, inspired by The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a book ahead of its time. Published in 1848, the story of a young woman fleeing an abusive marriage and asserting her own independence is rightly considered to be a feminist classic, yet remains curiously underrated.The Sydney Morning Herald reviews Mick Jackson's Yuki Chan in Brontë Country.
“I absolutely love it,” says author Sam Baker whose latest book The Woman Who Ran is a gripping contemporary re-imagining.
“It is my favourite Brontë novel by a long way and it has always surprised me that it hasn’t had as much attention as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.”
The Woman Who Ran has deservedly won much praise since its publication in January – it is pacy, compelling, haunting – and while Baker emphasises it is not a rewrite of the youngest Brontë sister’s second novel, she has cleverly updated the narrative while retaining the original’s powerful central theme of a woman in crisis determined to take charge of her own destiny.
“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a jumping off point,” she says. “I re-read it and it really has stood the test of time. I looked at aspects of the novel that were still relevant today, what has changed about the social and economic status of women and what hasn’t.”
The facts are sobering – we happen to speak on the day that Labour MP Jess Phillips stands up in the Commons to read out the names of the 120 murdered women who were victims of domestic violence in the UK in the past year. “I had done a lot of research on abusive relationships over the course of my career as a journalist,” says Baker who was a magazine editor for 15 years, including six years as editor in chief of Red magazine. “So I had a lot of material to draw on.”
Baker’s protagonist is Helen Graham who arrives in a small Yorkshire village on the edge of the Dales to rent a dilapidated Elizabethan mansion that has been empty for years. While the locals gossip about who she is and why she is there, Helen is befriended by recently retired journalist Gil, former news editor of an esteemed regional newspaper. He becomes intrigued by Helen whose migraines and blackouts, memory loss and anxiety attacks all point to a traumatic episode in her mysterious past. In fact, Helen is an acclaimed war photographer with a reputation for fearlessness; she is no stranger to combat zones – including, it turns out, in her personal life. “It is only recently that people have started to talk about PTSD in terms of scenarios other than war experiences,” she says. “Living under the constant threat of violence or emotional abuse can have the same effect.” (Yvette Huddleston)
Yuki arrives at Haworth parsonage in a tourist bus: unlike the other Japanese in her party, all of them middle-aged women, she is not a Brontë fan. Her quest is more personal and urgent. She is carrying with her photos of her mother, now dead, standing in the landscape. Yuki will be impressed by the homemade books and the Brontës' clothes, but this isn't quite one of those stories centring on an encounter between a literary figure from the past and a character from the present day.And speaking of reviews, The Conversation wonders whether they are still necessary in the world of Goodreads and recalls the fact that,
More important are Yuki's strained conversations with her dominating, impatient sister, and her friendship with a local girl, Denny, who appears out of the fog and helps her with her search. The Brontës end up playing a fairly minor role, even if the setting and some of the imagery perforce recall the romanticism of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. (Owen Richardson)
a hater of both Charlotte and Emily Brontë, in his review of Wuthering Heights, found consolation in the idea that the novel “will never be generally read”. (Michelle Smith)That visionary reviewer was one James Lorimer in the North British Review circa 1847.
Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?Here's how The Boston Globe describes Crimson Peak:
My original favorite fictional hero was Heathcliff in Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.”
“Jane Eyre” on inhalants. (Ty Burr)The Independent discusses pseudonyms and mentions the Brontës. US News mentions Charlotte Brontë has having, of course, 'Irish ancestry' and The Brontë Sisters celebrated Patrick Brontë's birthday yesterday.. The Brussels Brontë Blog discusses the impact and consequences of the first US edition of Villette. An interesting discussion on this reddit thread concerning Jane Eyre's final chapters.