Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Elena Ferrante affair is discussed in The Guardian with mentions to other famous writers' noms de plume:
Historically, the requirements of gentility have been justification enough for adopting a nom de plume. In times when nice women were not trusted with a pot of ink Jane Austen signed herself “A Lady” and the Brontë sisters famously swapped genders, styling themselves Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. (...)
But the best excuse for deceit is what happened to Charlotte Brontë once she was unveiled to London’s literati. Everyone called her Jane Eyre and assumed her sensational book was simple autobiography. (Vanessa Thorpe)
Yesterdays's BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review carried a brief story on the John Soane's Charlotte Brontë exhibition:
Charlotte Brontë came to London from Yorkshire five times in her life. A small exhibition at The John Soane's Museum commemorates her visits.
Edge of Sky, corner of sea has visited the exhibition.

More4 celebrates Britain's love of rambling:
More4 is to celebrate the nation’s love of exploration on foot with two Saturdays of programming themed around rambling. (...)
To bookend the new programming, ten short films have been made featuring stunning footage from all four corners of the British Isles accompanied by readings from much-loved British actors. (...)
Wycoller - Sean Bean reads Stanzas by Emily Brontë over a breathtaking shot of the historic Wycoller Country Park, Lancashire.
Regrettably the short film doesn't seem to be available yet.

Keighley News reports a contest on the Haworth Village Facebook page:
The Haworth Village Facebook page is running a photograph competition.
Local people are invited to submit photographs of Haworth, or related to the village, before April 7.
Photographs can be emailed to along with the entrant’s full name, age and address.
The photographs will be posted on the webpage at, where they will be judged on the amount of ‘likes’ they attract from readers.
The winners will be chosen on April 14.
First prize for adults and over-16s is two rover tickets on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, with runner-up prizes of a meal for two at the Fleece Inn, Main Street, and a signed copy of Mark Davis’s book Secret Bradford.
For children aged five to 15 the prizes are a £10 voucher from Cobbles and Clay in Main Street, a £5 sweetshop voucher and a £5 chocolate voucher. (David Knights)
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reviews Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye:
For anyone who read "Jane Eyre" wishing for swifter, more final fates for the cruelest characters, Jane Steele is here to grant your wishes. Lyndsay Faye's "Jane Steele" re-imagines Jane Eyre as a serial killer. (...)
Like the classic upon which it is based, "Jane Steele" is not a fast read. Many of the sentences are long, but the careful reader will be rewarded with Jane's wit and insight. "Jane Steele" is a fresh and imaginative takeoff on "Jane Eyre," and will leave readers with plenty of fodder for discussion. (Rebecca Kanner)
The BOLO Books Review also posts about the book.

Iris Veysey wins third prize in the The Observer/Anthony Burgess awards 2015. The judges of the annual prize for arts criticism were impressed by Iris Veysey’s piece on Candida Höfer’s Memory, an exhibition of photographs of interiors from palaces and other grand buildings:
Perhaps Höfer’s title is anthropomorphic, suggesting the rooms themselves have memories. These are old buildings which have borne witness to history. Yet a glacial, almost sterile, sense of calm and order pervades the pictures. The rooms are spotless, gleaming with a diffuse white light. There is no hint of past trauma or delight; it is as though the years have not touched them at all. Rooms are often described as warm and welcoming, or cold and unfriendly. Think of the first Mrs Rochester in Wide Sargasso Sea, recalling the sanctuary of her Jamaican bedroom (“I am safe. There is the corner of the bedroom door and the friendly furniture”), or of Georges Perec’s description of the staircases in apartment blocks (“Nothing is uglier, colder, more hostile, meaner”). There is nothing so obviously emotive in Memory. 
The Sunday Times reviews Sam Baker's The Woman Who Ran, interviews Tracy Chevalier here. Caitlin Moran discusses sisters in The Times Magazine.

Javier Marías highlights some female writers on his El País (Spain) column:
Muchas más en literatura: las Brontë, Jane Austen, Dickinson, George Eliot, Madame de Staël, Pardo Bazán, Mary Shelley, e innumerables en el siglo XX, cuando ya se incorporaron con normalidad absoluta. (Translation)
ABC (Spain) presents the latest novel by Toni Hill, Los ángeles de hielo:
Con el inspector de los Mossos d’Esquadra suspendido de empleo y sueldode manera indefinida, Hill ha aprovechado para escaparse hasta los albores del siglo XX y fundir lo gótico y lo negro en «Los ángeles de hielo» (Grijalbo), una novela que se mira en los fantasmas de Henry James, en la «Jane Eyre» de Charlotte Brontë y en «La ciudad de los prodigios» de Mendoza y en la que los querubines del título no son los únicos que se quedarán congelados. (David Morán) (Translation)
Hazy Reflections reviews Wuthering Heights;  Vesna Armstrong Photography posts pictures of the Parsonage and surroundings.


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