Saturday, December 28, 2019

Max de Halvelang shares in Quartz his new year reading resolution:
Let me start with a confession: I’m a British man in my late 20s, have a literature degree and consider myself a feminist—but until summer 2018, I had never read a Jane Austen novel. Or a Charlotte Brontë novel. Or, indeed, an Emily Brontë novel. 
The Marin Independent Journal presents the new David Austin roses, including the Emily Brontë, of course:
 David Austin Roses are loved for the form and fragrance one expects to see in an antique rose, but come with the expanded color range and repeat flowering found in the modern rose. Fans also appreciate their disease resistance and ability to grow in partial shade.
This month, the company announced three new introductions for spring — ‘Emily Brontë,’ ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ and ‘The Mill on the Floss.’
“These delicate-looking beauties are exceptionally strong shrub roses that bloom their hearts out, early summer till frost,” says Michael Marriott, David Austin Roses’ technical director and senior rosarian in a press release.
“In scent, ‘Emily Brontë’ delivers an unexpected plot twist,” says Marriott, of the pink and apricot bloom, named for the famed English novelist. (P. J. Bremier)
The Times's Cultural Fix with Maureen Lipman:
 The book I couldn’t finish
I asked for Villette by Charlotte Brontë when I won a spoken-word prize at school. It was unreadable then, but maybe I should have another go, 62 years later.
6News WRGB and Newshub review Greta Gerwig's Little Women film:
The pace at which these actors perform, along with the whip-smart and quickened dialogue, creates a bustle and pace to these scenes that resemble some of the best moments of Gilmore Girls more than something like Jane Eyre. (Andrew Auger)
I beg of you, do not drag me out into the town square and throw me into the stocks for this shocking public confession, but I've never really been a paid-up member of the Austen/Alcott/Brontës classic book club, they've just never particularly connected with me.
Until now. (Kate Rodger)
Catholic Citizens interviews Joseph Pierce, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions:
The idea and inspiration for the Ignatius Critical Editions came from my experience of using the Norton or Oxford editions of Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights in a course on Romanticism that I was teaching at Ave Maria University. I objected to the nihilistic and deconstructionist critical essays and introductions in these editions, which clearly served warped agendas and did not reflect the views or intentions of the authors of either work. (Kevin Edward White)
We don't object to anyone approaching the novels with a warped-or-not-agenda (and the Ignatius Critical Editions one is as much warped, if not much more, than any other) but we object to the presumption of knowing the intentions of the author.

The Washingtonian looks into several free libraries boxes in the city's neighbourhoods:
Columbia Heights
What was there: Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea; Henry James, The Turn of the Screw.
Which suggests: Based on this ludicrously unscientific research? Columbia Heights is DC’s most literary neighborhood. (Michaela Althouse)
Lecturas (Spain) explains the story of a local minor celebrity that got an edition of Wuthering Heights for he anniversary. Emily and Charlotte Brontë feature in the 101 list of the best books as selected by the readers of Le Monde. A Jane Eyre question is included in the Daily Mail reading Quiz. Whatsonstage confirms that Zoe Spurr will be the lighting designer for the National Theatre production of Wuthering Heights that will be premiered in the Autumn of 2020. Border Mail (Australia) interviews the mayor of Indigo who is revisiting the classics, including the Brontës. The Sisters' Room posts about another Brontë Parsonage treasure: Emily Brontë's comb.

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