Thursday, December 08, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016 10:29 am by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
The playwright Enda Walsh shares this anecdote on iNews:
We went on a school trip to see an adaptation of Wuthering Heights in Dublin. I was about 12 or 13 and we sat in the front row and we had a massive bag of Maltesers.
We scooted them across the stage as the actors were trying to act. “NO, HEATHCLIFF!“ while a Malteser just skidded past this poor lady’s heels. She actually became a very successful agent and I told her years later. She said, “You were part of that front row? Jesus Christ!” (Alice Jones)
The Times of India publishes an obituary of the Indian actress and politician Jayalalithaa:
Jayalalithaa, then perhaps in her twenties, had ushered us into her brand new home at Poes Gardens, and she was showing us around.
My father, Tamil film actor Gemini Ganesan, had asked if he could show the place to his "girls", especially the library that she had apparently described to him with great passion. The books were indeed 'real' and she had an amazing collection of English classics - Shakespeare, Dickens, Kingsley, Hardy, Tennyson, Brontë, Wilde, and more. (Narayani Ganesh)
David Tang in Financial Times hopes it is not too late to save the Northern Powerhouse initiative:
Across Yorkshire, I would pine every season to shoot at Gunnerside, Garrowby and Mulgrave. At the latter we would enjoy the best fish and chips for lunch from nearby Whitby, on whose beach Dracula was washed ashore. And then there are, of course, those extraordinary Brontë sisters.
PJ Media on Poldark and romances written by men:
Unfortunately, we have been acculturated to hear romance in a woman’s tone of voice. While no huge subscriber to the genre, I have read plenty of period romances in my time. I’m not talking about the pulp whose pages are so easily manipulated that you can tell where the sex scenes are located based on the cracks in the spine of used copies, but classic romances. Austen will always hold a special place in my heart along with L.M. Montgomery (if you’ve never, you must read The Blue Castle now—quickly! I’ll wait) and even the Brontë sisters. (Susan L.M. Goldberg)
A talk at the Fairfield University is covered on the student's newspaper, The Fairfield Mirror:
Faculty member of Regis University’s MFA and the Fairfield County Writer’s Studio and creative writing professor at Fairfield University, Sophfronia Scott, elaborated on her decision to invite Fitzgerald to Fairfield; a major part of her reasoning was the originality and relatability he provided to students, according to Scott.
“I know that students tend to read a lot of dead authors and even though I’m a big fan of Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen, we can’t have them here with us,” said Scott. “I think it’s important to meet writers who are working today in the industry.” (Alicia Phaneuf)
Insider lists several Netflix recommendations:
Netflix's newest show "The Crown" also has viewers watching other period pieces, "Elizabeth" and "Jane Eyre." (Kirsten Acuna)
US News on lending or accepting money from relatives:
As families gather for the holidays, those with more financial assets than others may feel the urge to help out a niece, nephew or other relative. In fact, the rich relative has become a popular archetype in literature and pop culture, from the eccentric and free-spirited Auntie Mame (the inspiration for the bestselling 1955 novel and the musical "Mame") with a soft spot for her nephew Patrick to Jane Eyre's uncle leaving his fortune to her to Uncle Phil on the popular TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" taking in his nephew, played by Will Smith. (Susan Johnston Taylor)
Modaija (Poland) discusses the latest collection of WEAVE:
 Frak, wąskie spodnie z wysokim stanem, kamizelka, koszula z wysokim kołnierzem, obwiązana fularem – skąd my to znamy? To bardzo popularny w XIX wieku wygląd dżentelmena. Tak nosił się Pan Darcy w “Dumie i Uprzedzeniu” Jane Austin, tak samo wyglądał Heathcliff w “Wichrowych Wzgórzach” Emily Brontë. Ale to oczywiście nie tylko kostium bohaterów książek z tego czasu. Tak z angielska nosili się wszyscy eleganccy panowie w tamtych czasach. Strój wojskowy ewoluował do stroju codziennego, spodnie z krótkich culottes (wtedy jeszcze wąskich) ciagle się wydłużały. Strój ów miał podkreślać smukłe i umięśnione ciało męskie, dodawać panom wzrostu. I oczywiście miał być elegancki i wygodny. (Translation)
The World in looks at what's coming TV-wise in 2017, much of which seem to be remakes.
Stories have been reinvented for centuries. Shake­s­peare reworked Chaucer’s poem “Troilus and Criseyde” into a play. “The Lion King” bears a noticeable trace of “Hamlet”. In “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1966), Jean Rhys unravelled the history of Antoinette Cosway, Mr Rochester’s spurned wife in “Jane Eyre”. These works provoke us into analysing the original story: what was left out, and why? Why do its themes endure? (Rachel Lloyd)
Interesting Literature has compiled a list of 10 of the Best Poems about Lost Love, one of which is
Emily Brontë, ‘Long neglect has worn away’. This short poem about lost love – written by the poet who also gave us the novel Wuthering Heights, of course – is included in our pick of Emily Brontë’s best short poems. Click on the link above and scroll down to number 6 on the list (it’s also worth reading the other seven poems, as well!).
The Telegraph & Argus discusses the closure by the Bradford Council of the public toilets of among others Central Park and by the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth. Several German news outlets talk about the Wilhelm Merton Prize for European Translations 2016 to Andrea Ott, translator among others of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre or Shirley.

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