Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016 1:00 am by M. in , ,    No comments
198 years ago Emily Brontë was born in Thornton. Hers tends to be the thinnest biographies on Brontë bookshelves, and yet there's something intriguing about her literary output that sends people looking for biographies of her in hopes that they can help explain how a provincial - albeit highly learned, despite what Charlotte would have the world believe - young woman could have written such words. (And we are pretty sure that this 'mystery' is a two way street. Emily may have scorned the public, but we are quite confident that she would have been quite amazed at what Wuthering Heights particularly has achived in terms of readership, influences, literary status, etc.).

And yet that is the magic and mightiness of the pen. If ever anyone showed that to the world, that was undoubtedly 'our Emily'. No explanations are really needed - a good book and good poetry are always self-explanatory.

Happy birthday!
(Originally Published in 2010)

The Brontë Parsonage Museum marks the birthday with a walk:
Emily's Birthday
Celebrate the birthday of the most enigmatic Brontë sibling
July 30th 2016 02:00pm

Join us for a walk and talk up on Penistone Hill to commemorate the anniversary of Emily Brontë's birth on 30 July 1818.
More information on The Telegraph & Argus.

EDIT: Some blogs or news oulets celebrating the anniversary: AnneBrontë.org, Signature ReadsReference Records, Ultima Voce (Italy), India Today, Victorian Musings, Comunidade Cultura e Arte (Portugal), Big5 (Bulgaria) (with an image of the wrong Brontë sister), Libreriamo (Italy), Il mondo di Orsosognante (Italy),Outcries & Asides Revisited...

Linn's Stamp News remembers how
Emily Brontë and her sister Charlotte are each commemorated on stamps from Great Britain issued in 1980. The 15-penny Emily Brontë stamp (Scott 917) also depicts a scene from Wuthering Heights.
New Republic republishes a 1928 article by Robert Morrs Lovett.


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