Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017 9:46 am by Cristina in , , , , , , , ,    No comments
First of all, let us recommend Nick Holland's selection of rarely-seen quotes by Ellen Nussey on the Brontës on AnneBrontë.org. We are now wondering why they are so often left out of biographical accounts as they seem to really bring them to life, particularly Emily, whose biographers should be glad of these gems.

The Guardian interviews writer Amanda Craig and asks her,
Which literary figures – dead or alive – would you invite to a dinner party? Dickens and Thackeray – although it would have to be when they were getting on, because I hate people having rows. And Charlotte Brontë and Keats. (Hannah Beckerman)
Times of San Diego reviews the stage production Withering Heights by Roustabout Theatre.
Mayhem, delirious mania, split-second character changes and two tour de force performances. Oh, and audible dyspepsia. And a fart. Can’t have a silly spoof without that.
David Ellenstein directs this inspired insanity, which excels more in the characterizations than the text itself.
The gray, moorish set was designed by Scott Amiotte. The costumes (Elisa Benzoni) are just right, minimal changes marking maximal character delineation. The sound effects (Melanie Chen) are terrific, and the lighting (Curtis Mueller) is highly effective (mirror ball and all). The lights for the graveyard scene are killer. And of course, everything turns blood-red with each death.
Even if this isn’t your cup of comedy, you’ve got to marvel at Schein’s insanely gifted malleability of face, voice, accent and gender, not to mention his agile physicality. And Johnson’s inherent wackiness and mastery of humor, anger and canine impersonation.
Off-the-wall? For sure. The guys, the play, the acting, the whole enchilada — wildly over-the-top. You’ll get a bellyful, for sure. (Pat Launer)
And more Wuthering Heights-inspired humour as The Huffington Post includes the novel on a list of Twenty Classic Novels (As Onion Headlines).
20.Wuthering Heights: Man reacts very poorly to being friendzoned. (Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts)
BookerTalk has compiled a list of '10 literary fathers to love or dislike' including Heathcliff.
 The brooding protagonist of Emily Brontë’s Gothic novel Wuthering Heights fathers a sickly child called Linton whom he despises. Heathcliff harshly uses him as a means to exact revenge on the Lintons over the death of his beloved Cathy, to the extent of forcing him into a marriage.
Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb features John Pfordresher, author of the forthcoming book The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for this book, and how did you research it?
A: There’s a story here. I participated in a panel discussion about Jane Eyre for the NPR syndicated radio program “The Diane Rehm Show” several years ago.
Subsequently a young literary agent e-mailed me asking if I would be interested in writing a book about how Brontë was able to write what she termed “my favorite novel.”
This seemed to me an interesting project because I’ve been for many years fascinated by the creative process, the “how” great writing emerges. So we wrote up a book proposal and W. W. Norton generously accepted it.
The answer to “how” seemed to me, insofar as it’s possible to scrutinize the creative process, to be a biographical question.
And so I learned all I could about Charlotte Brontë through the major biographies from the classic account of Elizabeth Gaskell up to recent accounts by Winifred Gérin, Juliet Barker, and Claire Harmon [sic], as well as reading all of Brontë’s letters and other writings, both the juvenilia as well as her other published fiction. (Read more)

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