Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016 10:31 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The Independent (Ireland) has an article on Charlotte Brontë's life largely based on Claire Harman's recent biography.
In a life filled with tragedy - her mother died of cancer when Charlotte was five, she watched all of her beloved siblings die - this unrequited love affair was the great passion, but not the great tragedy of the Brontë sister who would achieve the most literary success in her own life. (Liadan Hynes) (Read more)
Corriere della sera (Italy) has a similar article based on Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë.
Esplora il significato del termine: La canonica di Haworth, nello Yorkshire, dove abitarono le sorelle Brontë, sorgeva dirimpetto a una piccola chiesa, vicino a un cimitero e a un giardino. La casa era di pietra grigia, a due piani, con un tetto di lastre pesanti, le sole capaci di resistere ai venti che giungevano dai quattro estremi dell’orizzonte, infuriando violentemente sulle «cime tempestose». Il vasto cimitero si trovava al di sopra della casa. Da ogni parte c’erano tombe. Chi entrava nella chiesa trovava le lapidi murali di Maria Brontë, morta a trentanove anni, della figlia Maria, morta a dodici anni, di Patrick Branwell Brontë, morto a trent’anni, di Emily Brontë, morta a ventinove anni, di Anne Brontë, morta a ventisette anni, e di Charlotte Brontë, morta — ultima — a trentanove anni [sic]. (Pietro Citati) (Translation) (Read more)
GaiaDergi (Turkey) also has a biographical article on the Brontë sisters, illustrated with a 2014 depiction of the sisters by Tracie Adele.
Çelişkiler dönemi olan Victoria Çağında yaşayan Brontëler, isimleri ve yazdıkları bugüne değen üç kız kardeş. Kedine ait bir odaları yoktu, zorlu bir yaşam sürdüler, bazıları edebi üretimin zengin olmakla ilgili olduğunu söyledi ama onlar buna inat, kalemleriyle edebiyat dünyasına kendini kanıtladı. Üstelik sadece İngiltere’de değil, dünya çapında okunan yazarlar oldular. Oysa dünya edebiyatındaki neredeyse tüm yazarlardan farklı yaşam koşullarına sahiplerdi. Sağlıksız yurt ortamı, erkenden yitirilen bir anne, sarhoş bir ağabeyin bazen şiddete varan davranışları, ilgisiz bir baba, onların üretim sürecini etkiledi ama engelleyemedi. (Zozan Çetin) (Translation) (Read more)
According to this Q&A with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek in The Washington Post it sounds as if he's quite the Brontëite.
Q: “What’s your favorite place to travel?”
A: “I love going to Yorkshire, England. Especially Haworth, home of the Brontës.” (Ellen McCarthy)
Not that far from there is North Lees Hall, which is one of the supposed models for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Grough  has an article on the connection and reports that there's soon to be a chance to visit it.
A national park is preparing to mark a literary milestone by opening up a historic house.
North Lees Hall in the Peak District will open its doors to celebrate its connection to Victorian author Charlotte Brontë.
April marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated writer of Jane Eyre.
Although Haworth in West Yorkshire is best known as the home of the Brontë sisters, North Lees Hall near Hathersage is thought to be the inspiration for Thornfield Hall, owned by the novel’s hero Edward Rochester.
An open heritage event is on the weekend of 23 and 24 April, from 11am to 3pm on both days. There will be refreshments and activities for children.
The event is being organised by the Peak District National Park Authority, which owns and manages North Lees Hall as part of the Stanage-North Lees estate, which includes the popular climbing crag of Stanage Edge. Donations will be taken on the day towards looking after Stanage-North Lees.
Authority chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “We’re delighted to help mark the bicentenary celebrations of Charlotte Brontë’s birth and to keep the local connection alive.
“North Lees Hall is a truly unique place and we hope people who come to visit it will see for themselves where Charlotte gained her inspiration. You never know, it might spur on a new generation of writers.” (Bob Smith)
We completely disagree with this columnist's approach on Women's Agenda (Australia):
Last week, I gained a grandson. [...] I will be painting his nails (for as long as he will let me), reading him stories about princesses and little girls, and letting him play with any toys he likes including dolls. I hope he can wear any colour he wants but also know eyebrows will be raised if he chooses pink. As he gets older I will read him Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. They were my childhood favourites and I want to share them with him just as I would with a granddaughter. (Jane Caro)
And there lies the mistake: in smugly thinking that you are so open-minded that you are reading 'girls' stories' to a boy. The gender of the reader should have nothing to do with a story.

Anne Brontë’s Quest For Truth on Back to Golden Days posts a very detailed review of Wuthering Heights 1939. El Despertar de un Libro (in Spanish) and A Reading Diary post about Jane Eyre. Wendy Robertson Life Twice Tasted publishes a story about the Brontës as a tribute to Charlotte Brontë's anniversary. Another tribute can be found in The History Girls. The Kissed Mouth reviews Les Soerus Brontë 1979.


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