Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Telegraph & Argus reviews the book Yorkshire Literary Landscapes by Paul Chrystal:
Authors such as Charlotte and Emily Brontë, JB Priestley, John Braine and Alan Bennett have been stirred by the landscapes of their youth, which have served to influence their novels.
Now a new book celebrates the lives and works of a selection of writers, authors and poets whose work draws upon the varied scenes that make up the region.
Yorkshire Literary Landscapes also examines how the landscape can help to define storylines and characters.
Countless books and articles have been written about landscape in the novels and poetry of the Brontë sisters, but, explains the book, ‘there is much more to the Brontës’ landscapes than that atmospheric blasted heath above Haworth.’
Charlotte Brontë’s 1849 novel Shirley, for instance, has as its background the Luddite uprisings that beset the Yorkshire textile industry. Published under the pseudonym Currer Bell, the book is set around Birstall, with locations including the 17th century Red House in Gomersal, Kirklees Hall, Elizabethan Oakwell Hall - renamed Fieldhead by Brontë, and Gothic Dewsbury Minister.
‘In ‘Shirley’ the Yorke family live in Red House, which is renamed Briarmains.
‘Landscape is integral to the Brontë sisters’, says the book, by York-based author Paul Chrystal.
He describes how, as a young woman, Charlotte went to work at Roe Head School in Mirfield, and when the wind blew, she reminisced about the blustery conditions that typified the Haworth landscape.
Charlotte was not always complimentary about her beloved moors, Chrystal points out. Writing in her preface to sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights, she wonders why tourists had an interest in the ‘wild moors of northern England.’ (Helen Mead)
The Young Folks reviews Alexa Donne's Brightly Burning:
Brightly Burning is Jane Eyre in space. That’s the one-sentence pitch and summary of the novel, but it’s smart enough in what it keeps and sheds from the source text that it largely stands on its own. To put it into more fannish terms: if it were on the Archive of Our Own as a Jane Eyre alternate universe fic, I’d definitely be giving it kudos (and maybe leaving a little appreciative comment). (...)
When Brightly Burning gets a little more complicated and daring is when Stella begins to question the nature of the way society has arranged itself, and how Hugo and his family are intertwined into the deepest mysteries and most terrible secrets of the fleet. I’d have actually preferred for Brightly Burning to lean in more to its themes of the dangers of greed and classism, its exploration of human nature and bravery, and to give us more of Stella herself, rather than hewing so closely to the expected Jane-Rochester romance in the source text. (Deborah Krieger)
Matador Network rechristens Top Withins with a new and more fashionable name:
Pennine Way, Britain’s oldest trail, follows the mountainous backbone of the country, and much of the landscape is remote and wild. The terrain is tough, the greatest challenge being the notorious peat bogs. It starts at Edale in Derbyshire, not far from Manchester, and finishes at Kirk Yetholm across the Scottish border. Points of interest include Hadrian’s Wall and Withins Heights, the inspiration for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. (Sue King)
NPR's Community Idea Stations reviews The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy:
Here are a couple of Levy's pearl-like anecdotes: After the family home is sold, Levy and her daughters move to a vast old apartment house, whose mazelike corridors might have been transplanted straight out of Mr. Rochester's house in Jane Eyre. (Maureen Corrigan)
Jezebel discusses the novel The Seas with its author, Samantha Hunt:
Stassa Edwards: In this quest for identity, the ending of the book is very open-ended and can be interpreted in a lot of ways. It made me think of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette,especially how she ends that novel by just writing something very ambiguous about a character crossing the ocean. And it leaves you wondering, what does it mean to go into the ocean? (...)
To me, the ending is not that open at all. I think there are only two choices. I sometimes read this as a choose your own adventure because the pieces as I was writing them were very moveable. To me, the ending is either that you will choose life or you will choose death, and that decision lies in the reader, not me. Both are an absolute possibility at that moment. I like the idea that the choice lies with the reader. I think that’s the ultimate goal of good storytelling—a story that asks a reader: How does this make meaning for you?
Beware, spoilers ahead: Vulture reviews the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale (S02E09: Postpartum):
It’s hard not to see the Jane Eyre allusions here. A charming, swaggering older man takes a younger woman into his employ, interrogates her by the fireside, and leaves her feeling unsure of where she stands. She discovers a hysterical (yep, used that word on purpose) wife upstairs, essentially locked away. The wife wants to spread the message that her husband’s past is full of misdeeds. The husband has only this to say: “Life didn’t turn out the way she planned … she wanted everything to be beautiful”
All I have to say is look out for fire in the season finale. (Hillary Kelly)
The New Indian Express interviews the writer Sudha Menon:
Which books would you take with you on a solo holiday?
Right now I’m thinking of going back and reading some of the books that I grew up with including Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Emma and Doctor Zhivago.
Revista Galileu (Brazil) recommends a new edition of Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre é um desses clássicos que temos que reler de tempos em tempos: a primeira e única vez que o li foi há cinco anos, o que torna o lançamento da edição ilustrada e comentada uma oportunidade perfeita de voltar ao universo criado por Charlotte Brontë. A obra acompanha Jane, uma órfã que, após uma infância difícil, se torna tutora de uma menina em uma casa cheia de mistérios — incluindo seu proprietário, senhor Rochester.  (Isabela Moreira) (Translation)
La Razón (Spain) chats with the writer Alaitz Leceaga:
El encuentro casual de un zapato rojo entre las rocas de un acantilado desencadenó la imaginación literaria de esta autora, lectora voraz de escritoras y novelistas, quien reconoce sin titubeos su larga deuda de aprendizaje hacia obras literarias como “Cumbres borrascosas”, una obra acuñada bajo el signo de la pasión. (J. Ors) (Translation)
Qué Leer (Spain) interviews the author Sergi Doria:
Mis heroínas favoritas en la ficción.
Jane Eyre, la marquesa de Merteuil (Liasons dangereuses) y la protagonista de Veinticuatro horas en la vida de una mujer. (Translation)
Awesome Gang interviews the poet and writer Natasha L. Polak:
What authors, or books have influenced you?
LM Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Louis May Alcott, Tracey Bateman, Tracie Peterson, Colleen Coble, Melody Carlson, and all the authors at Love Inspired have shaped my style and content over the years. Books that left a huge impression on me are An American Tragedy, Wuthering Heights, the Anne of Green Gables series, Nancy Drew mysteries, Jacob Have I Loved, and Say Goodnight Gracie.
The Sydney Review of Books posts about Emily Brontë's 200th anniversary.  Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) posts pictures of a recent Turkish edition of the novel.

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