Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unexpected and not very good news for the Brontë Birthplace in Thornton. It's again on the market, according to Keighley News:
Now the Market Street property, which has been Emily’s coffee shop since 2014, is being sold.
After running it as a successful cafe, owner Marc De Luca has decided to sell the business, due to family commitments.
Since the cafe opened he and his wife Michelle have had two children, and he said they were no longer able to devote enough time to family, Emily’s and their other business, De Luca Hair.
He is planning to sell the business and building privately, which he says will help him make sure the building’s future is in safe hands. He has no plans to shut the business before a new buyer is found. (...)
Although Emily’s operated as a business, many of the features still remained, and customers could sit in front of the fireplace the siblings were said to have been born in front of.
The business has become one of the best rated in the district on TripAdvisor.
Mr De Luca said:  (...)
“Whoever buys it has to be the right calibre of person. We don’t want to sell it to a property developer from London.
“We live in the village so we still want to make sure any new owner does the best for Thornton. It is a great starting point for anyone who wants to open a business here. Our intention is to keep it open until it is sold.
“It has become quite an attraction for the village, so we want that to remain. It is successful, and gets a lot of tourists in, and long may it continue. You have people coming in here who have come from all over the globe, so you have to be respectful to its history.”
Mr De Luca is accepting offers privately, and anyone interested in buying the business can e-mail him on
Jacqueline Wilson in The Independent:
The first adult book Wilson read was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. “I was bored and had run out of library books. I would have been about 11 at the time,” she says.
The 71-year-old author has written more than 100 novels and is best known for 'The Story of Tracy Beaker' series
“My parents didn’t have many books but there was an old copy of Jane Eyre. It didn’t look very promising from the outside. But from the moment I started reading I was riveted.
“I hadn’t realised that sometimes adult books started with the main character as a child. And here we had a little girl sitting in a window seat and it just seemed very real to me.
"I couldn’t stop reading it, I was blown away by it and it’s still one of my all-time favourite classics.” (Matilda Battersby)
Norwich Eye reviews the National Theatre's performances of Jane Eyre in Norwich:
Director Sally Cookson has brought to Norwich a vibrant and joyous interpretation of a well known story. I did not expect to find the show as thrilling and absolutely captivating as it is, and it has made me keen to rediscover the original novel. Jane Eyre shows us a woman who has a difficult and often loveless upbringing but who has a force of character and personality that helps her to overcome challenges that would defeat most of us. She stays true to her beliefs and passions through betrayal and hardship – and in this production Nadia Clifford gives us a true hero as a role model as relevant to our lives now as when Charlotte Brontë first introduced her. (Julia Swainson)
Shelly Beth and Big Family Little Adventures also review it.

Bustle recommends a panel in the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con:
Heads up, Brontë fans! A graphic novel based on Jane Eyre is coming soon from The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna. First announced by Entertainment Weekly back in February, Jane comes this fall to your favorite bookstore. McKenna will discuss her upcoming graphic novel at a San Diego Comic Con panel on July 22.
Jane modernizes Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, casting the eponymous heroine as an aspiring art student who's forced to take an au pair position after moving to New York City. While caring for her charge, Adele, Jane finds herself falling for the girl's guardian, the wealthy and mirthless Rochester. (...)
Co-created with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Ramón K. Pérez (Mouse Guard, Tale of Sand), Jane is McKenna's first foray into the comic-book realm. She says, "Our Jane is a modern girl working through some very contemporary problems ... We moved the story in exciting new directions while maintaining the mystery, romance, and yearning that has kept this story vital for years." (Kristian Wilson)
Also in Bustle a list of biographies of writers:
'The Brontë Myth' by Lucasta Miller
There is so much to explore when it comes to the lives of the three Brontë sisters. Miller does an exquisite job of separating fact from fiction when it comes to the much-hyped about lives of these extraordinary sisters. (Melissa Ragsdale)
The Guardian reviews Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories:
Location is vital to a good ghost story, and ancient houses and abandoned barracks are standard tropes in a genre that has deep roots in English architecture; from Mr Lockwood’s bedroom in Wuthering Heights to the Dartmoor manor in Catherine Fisher’s Chronoptika series. (Danuta Kean)
The Journal Gazette interviews Darby Bixler, Belle in a local production of Beauty and the Beast:
Q. If you were putting together Belle's library, what are some titles you would make sure were on the shelves? (Corey McMaken)
A. If I had Belle's library, the first books I would make sure to include are the Harry Potter series. I absolutely love those book! But I would also make sure all the classics are there. I really enjoy "Wuthering Heights."
The Washington Post,  Boston Globe and Medium review the film Lady Macbeth:
This image, this woman, is familiar. She is Catherine Earnshaw of "Wuthering Heights," swearing "I am Heathcliff." She is Emma Bovary and Lady Chatterley: passionate and stifled. And, of course, she's Lady Macbeth, asking the spirits to turn her breast milk into poison. (Maia Silber)
The lack of soundtrack music makes the air in those rooms feel heavy and foreboding; it’s as though we hear each furtive thought. The effect is like reading a Brontë novel crisscrossed with “Madame Bovary” and then sparked to life by one of the darker students of human nature — Patricia Highsmith, perhaps. (Ty Burr)
Where Catherine fails as a dynamic contemporary anti-heroine is in her merciless treatment of Anna, Teddy, and Sebastian, all of whom are black. If Andrea Arnold‘s analogous (but more lyrical) Wuthering Heights (2011) raised its black Heathcliff over the white Earnshaws and Lintons, Lady Macbeth gloomily maintains the racial status quo. (Graham Fuller)
Bed number nine in this Hello Giggles post apparently has a Brontë feeling:
Can’t you see yourself reading Jane Eyre while lounging around in this dreamy beauty? (Anna Buckley)
Rimini Today mentions one of the talks at the Parco Poesia Festival 2017:
„A seguire Silvio Raffo, traduttore di tante grandi poetesse della letteratura inglese e americana, ci fa scoprire le ragazze con l’unicorno, Emily Dickinson, Emily Brontë e Christina Rossetti“
Ore 17.00

Lapidario Romano - Museo della Città
via L. Tonini, 1

Le ragazze con l’unicorno: fanciulle e madri della poesia
Intervengono Biancamaria Frabotta, Giorgio Ghiotti, Silvio Raffo
This Polish literature professor in Gazeta Uniwesytecka (Poland) doesn't like non-English adaptations of English classics like Jane Eyre;  Perfect Wedding has some Brontë quotes to use on wedding decorations. Mystical Authoress reviews Wuthering Heights


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