Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Australian Business Review talks about one of the favourite topics of this summer, pseudonyms:
It wasn’t only fear about propriety that deterred women from writing under their own names. Despite the esteem afforded Austen, women’s writing was seldom taken seriously, as Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre, discovered when she sent her poetry to poet laureate Robert Southey, who responded: “Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life.” Bronte used the pseudonym Currer Bell to publish Jane Eyre in 1847, while her sister Emily published Wuthering Heights as Ellis Bell the same year. (Amanda Foreman)
The Sheffield Star celebrates the Yorkshire Day:
So do we really need a Yorkshire Day? Well...no, probably not. Though we do have plenty to shout loud and proud about: most of us can be deep in beautiful countryside greenery just ten minutes from our front doors (hellooo! The Peak District is our back garden!); we’re a friendly bunch and most of us are on a first-name basis with our neighbours (we even barbecue with ours); we can take credit (and we do!) for Jess Ennis, the Arctic Monkeys, the Brontë sisters, Sean Bean, Sir Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench.
And The Huffington Post lists Yorkshire people that Yorkshire people is proud of:
The strikingly beautiful scenes of the Yorkshire moors were the backdrop to Emily Brontë ’s classic romantic novel Wuthering Heights.
The 19th century author, along with her sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne, was an integral part of Britain’s most famed literary family. (Jessica Pitocchi)
Anne Brontë.org has a Brontë Yorkshire Day & the Halifax Piece Hall post.

Panmacmillan lists books to read in a Yorkshire Day and of course we find:
Jane Eyre
Another classic novel that helped to give Brontë Country in West Yorkshire its name, Jane Eyre is an epic 600+ page account of Jane’s life, from young orphan to domestic bliss with Mr Rochester, through her experiences in her teaching career, bigamy, homelessness and more.

Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë only wrote one novel in her life, but what a novel it is. Her story of the passionate, and ultimately destructive love between the headstrong Catherine and brooding Healthcliff is a true classic of English literature.
There is a new tropical storm (now depression) in town... and its name is Emily.
Unless you really hate the prose of Brontë or Dickinson or can't stand Post's advice, history is light on villains named Emily. Until now! Tropical Storm Emily is poised to wreck plans and generally be a pain in the ass from South Florida to Tampa Bay this week. (Tim Elfrink in Miami New Times)
Autostraddle reviews the latest episode of Orphan Black:
And! Down the Rabbit Hole, where I guess Cosima lives now, acting like this isn’t the biggest deal in the world, are Cosima and Delphine, just sitting around, drinking tea and chatting about Jane Eyre. (Valerie Anne)
Regrettably, they were chatting about Jane Austen.

Salzburger Nachrichten (Germany) talks about a series of talks by Eva Ilouz at the Salzburg Festival with another blunder included:
In vielen westlichen Märchen und Erzählungen verwandle sich ein in Aussehen und Habitus ursprünglich abstoßender Mann nur dank der Liebe einer Frau in einen Prinzen. Auch zum Beispiel in "Jane Eyre" von Emily Brontë (sic) verwandle sich ein Unsympathler in einen Liebenden und letztlich in einen fürsorglichen Ehemann. Einer langen und reichen Geschichten tradition zufolge hätten Frauen also zu warten und zu dulden. (Vrena Schweiger) (Translation)
Well, there is a Brontë reference here but we are unable to understand it. In Thoroughbred Daily News:
It would be dangerous to write him off prematurely in his new vocation. Easterby has also hit his stride at the right time with 15 winners in the last fortnight and, appropriately for a man whose surname probably rivals only the Brontës in prominence in their home county, a heap of them came during the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival. (Tom Peacock)
Bustle thinks that Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie should be read in high school:
Americanah is about everything from young love to the politics of hair. It's the kind of novel that sucks you in with its narrative and sneaks in some cultural commentary on the sly. Adichie's novel is certainly up there with high school staples like Jane Eyre in terms of a coming of age narratives, but more relevant to the modern day complexities of race, gender, and long distance relationships. (Charlotte Ahlin)
L'Unione Sarda (Italy) reviews Alla ricerca di Mr Darcy by Giovanna Pezzuoli:
Per l'autrice Darcy batte naturalmente tutti gli avversari letterari e di molte lunghezze. Non ha nulla a che spartire con l'affascinante conte Aleksej Kirillovič Vronskij, che travolge con la sua passione Anna Karenina, o con il ricco proprietario terriero Rodolphe Boulanger, che abbandona alla sua sorte Emma Bovary. E non ha le imperfezioni e la superbia di Rochester, l'eroe romantico di Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre. (Roberto Rovedo) (Translation)
Cafef (Vietnam) lists classic books you should read:
Wuthering Heights (Đồi gió hú) - Emily Brontë
Kinh điển trong từng câu chữ, dù được viết cách đây hơn cả thế kỷ nhưng những gì Emily Brontë mang đến cho độc giả không hề phủ bụi. "Đồi gió hú" không chỉ là một cuốn sách hấp dẫn về tình yêu, mà còn hơn thế, nó là tác phẩm văn chương đầy chất nghệ thuật, có thể làm say mê bất cứ ai.
Tình yêu ngang trái của Catherine và Heathcliff đem đến cái nhìn thật ám ảnh. Tình yêu của họ hoang dại, cũng giống như chính vùng đất đã nuôi dưỡng con người họ, hoang dại và mãnh liệt. Mặc dù cuộc đời của họ tràn ngập những bi kịch, những ghen tuông, những đau khổ giằng xé nhưng kết cục họ vẫn được chôn cất bên nhau. Đó cũng là một kết thúc đẹp ám ảnh trong lòng người đọc. (Nhật Minh)(Translation)
Diário de Notícias and SAPO24 recommend a Paula Rego exhibition in Lisbon which includes Jane Eyre litographies. Diary of a Bookfiend and Ewelinas Bokblogg (in Swedish) review Jane Eyre. Estantes de Papel (in Spanish) reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook Wall informs that Gemma Arterton visited the Parsonage yesterday.


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