Monday, February 04, 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019 12:01 pm by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
Spectator Life looks at women writers who have had to hide behind pseudonyms or initial, including a theory about George Eliot's choice of surname.
George Eliot might have chosen her pseudonym from similarly fictional origins. Born Mary Ann Evans, a glossary of theories surround her choice of penname. The ‘George’ may be stemmed from George Lewes, the married man with whom she was in a relationship. She could have paired it with the surname of the protagonist in Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Anne Elliot. Alternatively, she may have taken a liking to the surname Jane Eyre adopted while she was in exile, Jane Elliott. [...]
Charlotte Brontë could have been influenced by the people around her for her pseudonym. She wrote under the name ‘Currer Bell’, a guise perhaps inspired by Mary Richardson Currer, the neighbour of the family that she was a governess for in north Yorkshire. Arthur Bell Nichols, Charlotte’s father’s curate may have provided her with the idea of her new surname. (Violet Hudson)
Listverse also includes the Brontë sisters on a list of '10 Famous Women Who Disguised Themselves As Men To Get Ahead'.

Dorset Echo features writer Carina Axelsson.
"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson fired my passion further and led me further into literature. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë became my favourite novel when I was a teenager. I devoured Jane Austen’s books too. I also loved Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Agatha Christie got me hooked on mysteries." 
News OK reviews the book Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson.
The title "Wardenclyffe" might make one think it's a gothic novel, the kind with a cover depicting a lonely house on a windswept hill, with a person in peril in the foreground. But F. Paul Wilson's short novel with that name has more in common with H.P. Lovecraft than the Brontë sisters. (Glen Seeber)
Two Mexican sites list songs inspired by books and both include Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights: Yucatán and De 10.

AnneBrontë.org has a post on Nancy Garrs.


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