Saturday, November 04, 2017

Saturday, November 04, 2017 12:10 pm by M. in , , ,    No comments
Financial Times reviews Lyndall Gordon's recent book, Outsiders:
It is [Olive] Schreiner who shines out from Lyndall Gordon’s Outsiders, a lively and enterprising group biography that also considers Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.  (..)
As well as connecting the flourishing of female creativity to what Woolf coined “outsider-insurgent” status in her influential 1938 essay “Three Guineas”, Gordon embeds her subjects firmly in their families. Brontë’s much-vaunted outward emotional stoicism and Woolf’s mental breakdowns and life-long attachments to substitute mother-figures are linked to early maternal and older (female) sibling loss.
Who could forget (...) Brontë, whose horrific trials at boarding school (forever immortalised by her sister Charlotte in Jane Eyre) left her able to function properly only within sight of the Yorkshire moors, from which her poetry and sole novel Wuthering Heights emerged? (Catherine Taylor)
Other recent reviews can be read in The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement.

University Observer (Ireland) is a bit unfair with J.K. Rowling and (Charlotte Brontë too):
In literature, careers do not have a smooth uniform graph. Some authors rise before spiraling downward in their literary careers. J. K. Rowling, J. D. Salinger, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Shelley, Harper Lee, Joseph Heller, and Khaled Hosseini, to name a few, are authors whose literary careers saw a fall after their debut works reached the zenith. Not all their works were a huge success in terms of either critical acclaim, fan following, or sales. (Priya Garg)
The Wharfedale Observer talks abut the recent Aireborough Rotary’s ‘Festival of Brass’concert (October 27) where:
Frank Renton’s performance over the evening was a typical miscellany demonstrating his encyclopaedic brass band knowledge plus his unabridged thoughts on composers, arrangers and performers not sparing the Rolling Stones.
His humour came out in his introductions to the Witch of Westmorelands and his tall tale about Patrick Brontë for ‘Three Haworth Impressions’. (Claire Lomax)
Jornal do Commercio (Brazil) talks about the new TV series Alias Grace adapting Margaret Atwood:
O diálogo com os fatos verídicos é bastante interessante e realizado por meio de epígrafes em cada um dos 15 capítulos do livro. Em alguns dos casos, o leitor encontra trechos de livros ou poemas famosos que remetem à  temàtica da obra, como A prisioneira, de Emily Brontë, The Philosophy of Composition, de Edgar Allan Poe ou ainda Remember, de Christina Rossetti, respectivamente de 1845, 1846 e 1849, demonstrando que o mergulho da autora no universo dos anos em que viveu sua Grace foi fruto de uma minuciosa pesquisa histórica. (Valentine Herold) (Translation)
The series is described like this by BBC News:
The vibe is gothic psychodrama - think Twin Peaks meets Jane Eyre. Grace tells us her tale through a series of fireside chats she has with Dr Simon Jordan.
As you know Twin Peaks and Jane Eyre share a Red Room.

Slash Film presents the upcoming film by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread:
There’s a love story at the heart of Phantom Thread, but it’s not your typical romance. Anderson compares it more to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, and the Gothic Romance genre in general. Gothic Romance can encompass many things, but if you’re looking for more examples, think Turn of the Screw or Jane Eyre. Or even Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. (Chris Evangelista)
Electric Lit lists 'walking' books:
Yorkshire moors: Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
The title is the name of an isolated farmhouse in the wilds of the Yorkshire Moors, the home of Heathcliff. It’s a long way from anywhere and yet the characters rarely think twice about walking the considerable distances there and back, and even a heavy snowfall only deters them slightly. Admittedly these journeys are sometimes necessary to further the plot, and of course the servants do at least twice as much walking as the property-owning classes. (Geoff Nicholson)
Der Tagesspiegel (Germany) reviews the film Lady Macbeth:
So ein düsterromantisches Setting gleich zu Beginn führt auf die Fährte der jüngsten Verfilmungen von Romanklassikern der Schwestern Brontë wie „Jane Eyre“ und „Sturmhöhe“. (Gunda Bartels) (Translation)

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