Jane Barnes at Bronte Parsonage Museum. - Jane Barnes: Looking across Haworth Parish Church graveyard to the Bronte Parsonage Museum 3 (2 hours ago)
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From the time Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre was first published in 1847, readers have been drawn to the orphan protagonist who declared herself “a free human being with an independent will.” Like her famous fictional creation, Brontë herself took bold steps throughout her life to pursue personal and professional fulfillment. Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will, a new exhibition on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, traces the writer’s life from imaginative teenager to reluctant governess to published poet and masterful novelist.Yorkshire Times interviews the playwright Charley Mills:
The exhibition celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of Brontë’s birth in 1816, and marks an historic collaboration between the Morgan, which holds one of the world’s most important collections of Brontë manuscripts and letters, and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, in Haworth, England, which lent a variety of key items including the author’s earliest surviving miniature manuscript, her portable writing desk and paintbox, and a blue floral dress she wore in the 1850s. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a portion of the original manuscript of Jane Eyre, on loan from the British Library and being shown in the U.S. for the first time, open to the page on which Jane asserts her “independent will.” Also shown for the first time in America are the only two life portraits of Brontë, on loan from London’s National Portrait Gallery.
“With Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë introduced one of the strongest—and most unforgettable—heroines in all literature,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan. “Brontë herself was uncommonly ambitious, pursuing literary fame in a male dominated profession and insisting that her work be judged on its own terms. The Morgan is very pleased to be able to tell her remarkable story and to explore her legacy in this important exhibition.” (Read more)
Name your favourite Yorkshire book/author/artist/CD/performer? I have an admiration for Sally Wainwright that knows no bounds. And I cannot wait to see her new piece for TV, which will be on at Christmas and is all about the Brontë family. And that leads me to my all-time favourite book, Jane Eyre, which to me is the most perfect work of fiction there is.The Roanoke Times talks about Amy Snow. A Novel by Tracy Rees:
The main character often, in fact, gives her name to the story, such as in “Evelina,” “Jane Eyre” and later “Lorna Doone.” Rees’ novel (coincidentally?) reminds us of the complex adventures of Charlotte Brontë’s heroine Lucy Snowe in “Villette.” (Lawrence Wayne Markert)A.V. Club reviews the film The Disappointments Room:
In place of a straight-ahead haunting, Disappointments Room turns out to be a sort-of supernatural sort-of mystery in a sort-of Gothic vein (one tipoff in general vibe if not necessarily style or content: the 1943 movie version of Jane Eyre playing on TV). (Jesse Hassenger)The Sunday Times interviews Emma Pollock, curator of Running Up That Hill - A Celebration of the work of Kate Bush in Aberdeen and Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights is mentioned, of course. Milenio (México) mentions Wuthering Heights in a column about the G20 summit. Mashable lists some of the most blunt and bizarre one-stars reviews on Amazon, including some of Jane Eyre. Sometimes I Read reviews Re Jane by Patricia Park. Terpshichore reviews the Northern Ballet's performances of Wuthering Heights in Leeds. The History Girls posts an article by Katherine Clements on the 'real history' of Top Withins.