Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lonely Planet highlights some of the events taking place for the Museums at Night festival, including tonight's event at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Event highlights include Splendid Shred of Silk and Satin on 16 May at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, which features the display of a rare patchwork quilt worked on by the Brontë sisters along with their Aunt Branwell. . . (James Gabriel Martin)
And the Brontë Parsonage has just tweeted this:

The Times has a press release from Buckingham Palace on what different members of the royal family did yesterday.
His Royal Highness, Patron, Northern Ballet, this evening attended a performance of “Jane Eyre” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1.
KCCU reviews Caryl Phillips's novel A View of the Empire at Sunset.
Caryl Phillips' latest novel, based on the troubled life of the writer Jean Rhys, is a lush exploration of the costs of colonialism, the limited possibilities for non-conformist women, and egregious power imbalances between genders and races. Rhys' life — she was born in the British colony of Dominica in 1890 and sent to school in England at 16 — is a fitting canvas for Phillips' perennial themes of displacement, alienation and muddled identity.
It's easy to understand why Phillips — who was born in St. Kitts, grew up in Leeds, studied at Oxford, teaches at Yale, and lives in New York — is drawn to Rhys, an intriguingly complex, self-destructive individual who spent most of her life in England but felt at home nowhere. A View of the Empire at Sunset is not the first evidence of Rhys' impact on Phillips: His last novel, The Lost Child, painted a nightmarish early childhood for Heathcliff as part of a haunting take on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights — much as Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, her extraordinary response to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, imagined a powerful back-story for Rochester's first wife, the madwoman in the attic. [...]
The novel begins and ends in 1936, 30 years after she was sent away to school, and 30 years before she published Wide Sargasso Sea, which revived her sodden literary career. Returning in middle age to "her" Caribbean island, which "had both arranged and rearranged her," the visit does little to assuage her lifelong homesickness. (Heller McAlpin)
The Bookseller reports that, 'Trapeze and eharmony seek to find 'next great love story''.
Sam Eades, editor at Trapeze Books, added: “I can’t wait to find the next great love story, and cannot think of better partners than C+W and eharmony. From high-concept contemporary romances like The Time Traveller’s Wife through to darker tales of obsessive love in Wuthering Heights, I’m looking for a timeless tale that will appeal to the widest possible audience.” (Natasha Onwuemezi)
Jezebel's The Muse reviews the latest TV adaptation of Little Women.
But then, like Jane Eyre and the collected works of Jane Austen, Little Women exists in a rarified class of stories that are so intimately familiar to so many people that new versions for TV and film don’t need to justify themselves entirely. There’s a core costume drama constituency that’ll give it a try regardless; obviously, the creators would prefer if it breaks out to a wider audience, but really it’s enough to make something pleasing with a sufficiently different texture to prove interesting. That’s the curve on which you’ve got to grade something like this. (Kelly Faircloth)
The Patriot Ledger reviews the film Beast. Beware of spoilers, though.
She heads to the isle’s hottest night spot, picks up a dude that practically has “danger” stamped across his forehead and winds up nearly being raped on the nearby beach. What saves her is a well-tossed rock by local rabbit poacher, Pascal. He shoos the emasculated offender away and immediately sweeps Moll off her feet. It’s unbelievably romantic, a death-defying meeting right out of “Wuthering Heights.” And it’s a tone Pearce deftly sets throughout — even when doubt and suspicion creep into Moll’s mind regarding a man who indeed may be too good to be true. (Al Alexander)
GoombaStomp reviews the film The Harvesters.
Pieter has an air of Heathcliff about him; wild, rugged and mysterious, he challenges the traditions of the land in a brusque way, smoking cigarettes, refusing to pray, and worst of all, talking to black people. In representing the outside world, he troubles Janno by his very presence. Very much a mommy’s boy, Janno is worried that Pieter will soon replace him as their favourite. (Redmond Bacon)
Onirik (France) posts about the new Archipoche edition of Villetteموقع العرب اليوم (Arabs Today) has published a short account of the life of Emily Brontë. My Jane Eyre Collection features several 'library series' editions of Jane Eyre.

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