Sunday, November 03, 2019

Sunday, November 03, 2019 11:31 am by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Wall Street Journal reviews the exhibition Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin at the Yale Center for British Art:
The novelist Charlotte Brontë exclaimed after reading that first volume [of Modern Painters], “I feel now as if I had been walking blindfold[ed]—this book seems to give me eyes.” A prodigious talent (we see an extraordinary notebook written at age 7), Ruskin had an insatiable appetite for seeing. He influenced generations of artists. He collected minerals, studied the formations of mountains, taught and lectured; after his death in 1900, his writings filled 39 volumes. (Edward Rothstein
The wonders of a (good) coat in Grazia Daily:
Give me Emily Brontë’s wind-lashed moors, John Keats’ mists and mellow fruitfulness and Dean Martin’s frightful snow storms any day. Winer (sic) is coming – and I love it. (Laura Jordan)
The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch chronicles a recent concert by John Williams himself and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra:
Two pieces from “Jane Eyre” (“Reunion” and “To Lowood”) slowed the pace but not the passion of the orchestra. Beautiful solo work by Mark Sparks on flute and Allegra Lilly on harp set the appropriate romantic mood. (Eric Meyer)
Next Saturday on BBC Two, The Novels That Shaped the World. The Herald says:
[T]he series begins with a film about “Women’s Voices,” zipping through writers from Austen and the Brontës, to Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood, with other writers including Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison and Arundhati Roy waving along the way. The show features readings by performers including Lily Cole and Tuppence Middleton.
Simon Sebag Montefiori publishes an obituary of his mother April Jaffe in The Telegraph:
When I started to lose my hair, my mother rang: “I’m sending you some sketches.” Next day, I received (on a back of a large used envelope) seven drawings of my head entitled “Suggestions for Simon’s Hair.” They had an operatic-Shakespearean-Gothic theme. One was called The Caesar, another was The Henry V; there was definitely a Heathcliff and a Don Giovanni (plus, weirdly, a Shah of Iran – don’t ask).
Country Life has an article on King Charles spaniels:
Drawings of Anne Brontë’s faithful companion Flossy and Queen Victoria’s beloved Dash depict this classic type, before they began to be selectively bred to suit changing tastes. Flatter-faced lapdogs, such as the pug and the Pekingese, were becoming increasingly popular and the King Charles adopted some of these characteristics. (Catriona Gray)
Lancashire Live lists the most interesting streets in Lancashire:
Clam Bridge, Wycoller. (...)
Wycoller Hall has passed between several high profile Lancashire families but has subsequently fell into ruin, it is thought to have inspired Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. (Dominic Moffitt)
The Herald-Sun talks about Jane Cockram's debut novel, The House of Brides:
 Her inspiration was “classic, gothic novels like Jane Eyre”.
“I love all the Kate Morton books (of The Lake House and The Secret Keeper), I love ones with family secrets and generations of families.
“So that’s where that came from. It was just for me, a way to get back into writing, after the rejections of the first manuscript. (Nadia Salemme)
The Telegraph traces a profile of the actress Julia Ormond:
Later, she played Cathy in Wuthering Heights and married her Heathcliff: the actor Rory Edwards.  (Helena de Bertodano)
The Oklahoman announces an upcoming book signing in Oklahoma City:
"He Spoke With Authority" by Thomas Fellows (Borgo Publishing).
Author Thomas Fellows asks who would have ever thought that confidence could lead to humility and empathy? Fellows said in his new "He Spoke With Authority: Get, then Give the Advantage of Confidence," he makes use of classic literature such as "Jane Eyre" and "The Great Gatsby," historical figures such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, popular music and movies, biblical scripture to make the case that this is possible.
Diario de León (Spain) reviews Infernales. La Hermandad Brontë by Laura Ramos:
Las hermanas Brontë no tenían nada que ver con el mito del romanticismo edulcorado creado en torno a ellas y en la actualidad habrían sido «feministas de vanguardia», considera la escritora argentina Laura Ramos, autora de una biografía sobre las tres famosas autoras inglesas y su olvidado hermano Branwell. Infernales. La hermandad Brontë es el título de esta biografía sentimental sobre la obra de esta familia emblemática de la literatura del siglo XIX, editada por Taurus, con la que Laura Ramos cuestiona el mito romántico de «las tres escritoras vírgenes perdidas en un pueblo de un páramo del que nunca salieron». Su libro comenzó, recuerda en una entrevista con Efe, con un viaje que hizo a Haworth, el pueblo en el que crecieron Charlotte, Emily, Anne y Brandwell, convertido en un «parque temático» dedicado a las hermanas Brontë. (Translation)
Jutarnji (Croatia) quotes Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own... mentioning the Brontës:
Navodeći primjere romana Jane Austen i Emily Brontë, Woolf ustraje na tezi da jedino pisanje koje maksimalno nadilazi okolnosti vlastitoga nastanka može imati emancipatorni potencijal jer sámo dokazuje da je oslobođenje moguće. (Tomislav Briek) (Translation)
RTVE's (Spain) radio program La estación azul de los niños mentions briefly Itziar Miranda's children book on Emily Brontë. Telegraf (Serbia) includes Jane Eyre in a list of first sentences of novels. The writer Russell T. Davies included Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights on his selection for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Most fittingly, on Adelaide, Australia: the Classic Album Sundays will present Kate Bush's The Kick Inside.

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