Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019 1:14 pm by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
Many news oulets echo the news of Charlotte Brontë's mourning ring in Antiques Roadshow: North Wales Daily Post, The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph & ArgusThe Irish Times, Fox News, Grazia DailyBlitz (Bulgaria),  Голос Одеси (Ukraine), The American ConservativeTimes of India, Brontë Society Italia ...

The York Press announces the autumn tour of The Unthanks with their Emily Brontë song cycle:
Come the autumn, The Unthanks will present The Emily Brontë Song Cycle on a 17-date British and Irish tour that will visit the National Centre for Early Music, York, on October 23 and Middleton Hall, Hull, on October 27. Special guests will be the aptly named The Bookshop Band.
The Unthanks have issued an accompanying note: "Anyone who came to the premiere at Leeds Town Hall [last December] and who feels aggrieved that the show was billed as 'the only performance' of the Emily Brontë Song Cycle, please be assured that it was the only planned date at the time.
" When a project is commissioned, the premiere is invariably scheduled before the work on the project has even begun, therefore the artist can only have limited confidence about how successful it will be. Only when the work is complete and the premiere received, can the artist begin to reflect on whether they are happy enough with the work and whether there appears to be sufficient appetite for it to warrant further exposure, such as a tour." (Charles Hutchinson)
The News Record reminds us of the existence of those poor lost souls, the Brontë haters:
Least favorite: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë
I honestly hate both the Brontë sisters. Their writing contains such unimportant details — at least, to me it does — and the plots are so slow. I’m sure it all means something, but I honestly don’t get it. I love Jane Austen, so it’s not like I’m opposed to the genre. I’m just opposed to their writing. (Elizabeth Schmitt
The author Daniela Vilaboa may be in this same pitiful category. We read in an interview in El País (Spain):
Cecilia Ballesteros: ¿Qué libros tiene en su mesa de dormir?
Muchos, demasiados. Algún día voy a amanecer enterrada por los libros. Los que estoy leyendo: El expediente de mi madre, de András Forgách, El legado de Europa, de Stefan Zweig y Felicidad clandestina de Clarice Lispector. Los que empecé y no terminé Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, Ada o el ardor, de Vladímir Nabokov, Amor líquido, de Zygmunt Bauman, Fima, de Amos Oz, y varios más. (Translation)
Manga.Tokyo reviews an episode of the anime show The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上が) (S01E15, Raphtalia):
The bond between Raphtalia and her friend Rifana reminded me of a Helen and Jane from Charlotte Brontë’s literature classic Jane Eyre. Helen and Jane were sent to a boarding school to become governesses and it was a harsh education. All believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel even through all the pain and hardship. The scene of Rifana becoming sick and Raphtalia comforting her was almost identical for Helen and Jane. Helen contracted a illness that was fatal and Jane stayed with her till she eventually passed on. (litakino)
Youth Ki Awaaz (India) asks a pertinent question:
In a society where novels like The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F**k and How To Win Friends And Influence People are bestsellers and Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby are ‘ancient classics,’ what can one actually expect from people? Where did we go wrong when the former novels are considered art but the latter are merely emotional stuff? (Palak Aggarval)
Brisbane Times interviews the author Andrew Sean Greer:
Before his 16th birthday, he'd written his first full-length novel.
What was it about? "It was like Wuthering Heights, only set in 19th-century Maine, with ghosts, top hats, cloaks and carriages. It was all very melodramatic and gothic." (Greg Callaghan)
And now, that figment of hell known as... After reviews:
Yes, Hardin’s final paper is a letter to Tessa about how much he loves her that references “Wuthering Heights” way too much because the one thing they have in common is they like to read classic literature. The audience in my theater actually yelled “No!” at this part of the movie because it was so unbearably weird. (Haley Lerner in The Daily Free Press)
You know the stereotype. He is the ubiquitously tattooed bad boy on the outside, yet capable of quoting from "Wuthering Heights" or "The Great Gatsby." But perhaps so could Hannibal Lecter. And because we've dealt with this dude in any number of beach blanket movies between 1963 and 1968, we are wary from the get-go. Even when some of his poor little rich kid mishegoss is divulged (his once abusive and since never forgiven dad is the school's chancellor), we fear he is but a wolf in training. (Michael S. Goldberger in iBerkshires)
An Emily Brontë reference in a poem by Nikki-Lee Birdsey published in The Spinoff  (New Zealand). Tuexperto (in Spanish) recommends both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to legally download in Spanish. Finally, an alert for tonight at 8.00PM (ET), TCM broadcasts Wuthering Heights 1939.

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