Monday, March 07, 2016

Daily Express gets things a bit muddled when reporting Charlotte Brontë's cause of death and her last words.
Charlotte Brontë 1816 - 1855
The eldest of the three daughters of Patrick and Maria Brontë of Thornton in Yorkshire wrote her novel Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell. She eventually agreed to marry her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholas, whom she had loved for some time, in June 1854.  But she died, with their unborn child, on March 31, 1855, possibly from typhus, although there has been much debate about the assorted ailments that caused her early death and tuberculosis was stated on her death certificate.
Her final words to her husband were: “Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us. We have been so happy.” (Eric Grounds)
Frontiers Media reports that Merle Oberon is the Star of the Month on TCM.
. . . in 1939, Oberon got the part of her life—Cathy in Wuthering Heights starring opposite Laurence Olivier. Wyler turned the Emily Brontë novel into a glorious film that became an instant classic. Who can ever forget Olivier carrying the dying Oberon to the window at the end of the film? Death scenes don’t come any classier. (Mike McCran)
Beware of SPOILERS as Los Angeles Times reviews the Downton Abbey finale.
"Well," replies the dowager countess, with her signature skepticism, "there's a lot at risk. With any luck, they'll be happy enough. That's," she adds with the barest hint of a chuckle, "the English version of a happy ending."
It's a perfect line, delivered impeccably mere moments before Edith (Laura Carmichael), survivor of more trials, betrayals and disappointment than Jane Eyre, is revealed in all her nuptial glory. (Mary McNamara)
The Telegraph and Argus features the book 50 walks in west Yorkshire is published by AA Publishing in which
A potted history of the Brontës accompanies the 7.5 mile walk from Haworth along the Brontë Way to Top Withins, the ruin which was the possible inspiration for Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights. (Helen Mead)
Brussels Brontë Blog reports on a couple of talks on Constantin Heger by Ola Podstawska and Jolien Janzing. AnneBrontë.org follows in Anne Brontë's footsteps in York.

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