Thursday, January 02, 2020

Thursday, January 02, 2020 12:42 pm by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Statesman (India) praises the Brontë sisters:
Literary sensations of the 19th century
The Brontë sisters expressed both the light and the darkness in human nature and explored the balance between the two through characters in their novels.
The Brontë family, perhaps the greatest literary family of the 19th century — created a literary phenomenon that remains undisputed till date. This phenomenon is chiefly known for the ardour, vehemence and spirituality in their works. They had always kept the fire of writing burning in them, which aided them to rise to prominence among other distinguished and eminent authors of that era. (...)
The Brontë sisters were women of their class and time —educated, impoverished and destined to spinsterhood, although with a twist. Motherless since they were young, the sisters did not mind the fact that they were neglected by their busy father, and made the most of their freedom to develop elaborate fantasy worlds. They read everything they could get their hands on — from stories of gypsies to dolphins, from dragons to wonderlands. They spent long afternoons on the moor at the back door, invented exotic kingdoms with voluminous and prodigious histories and political intrigues, put on plays that were enchanting and sewed novels and poems into miniature books, written in a script so tiny that no adult in the household could decipher them. (...)
The Brontë sisters had contributed enormously to the spiritually starving Victorian world. Poetry was the verity life. From their childhood, they composed verses and this fascination they had remained with them throughout their lives, giving recognition not only to their family, but also to their little worlds. (Srinjoy Mitra)
Interesting Literature posts a short analysis of Emily Brontë's Remembrance:
In short, ‘Remembrance’ is a well-crafted elegy which shows just how precocious Emily Brontë was. The depth of passion and feeling, the profound sorrow the speaker of the poem expresses, can be seen to foreshadow her later, greater work, chiefly the tortured relationship built on deep passions between Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights.
Also on Interesting Literature a post about the best poems about prayer includes Anne Brontë's A Prayer:
Anne Brontë calls upon God to take her to Him, describing herself as a ‘castaway’, in a nod to William Cowper’s famous poem of that name (a big influence on the Brontë sisters, especially Anne).
The Valley Journal talks about some of the films entering the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in Polson, MT:
Another standout this year is “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Brontë’s classic tale of undying love and tormented passion, produced and directed by Bryan Ferriter, a Montana native. Ferriter said: “I was introduced to this story when I was 21 years old by my friends, Kailey Portsmouth and Jordyn Auvil (who wrote the screenplay), and after journeying through Europe when I was 24, I read the novel in England and Ireland and knew I needed to tell the story.”
“I was able to, many years later, be in the heartland of Emily Brontë, the author of this incredible and haunting tale of love, passion, vengeance and obsession. I put my hand on the very house she grew up in in Haworth, England and asked for her blessing to find our perfect location for the exterior of “Wuthering Heights.” Not one hour later we stumbled off the road and miraculously came across Ponden Hall and were granted permission to film at the very Manor that inspired “Wuthering Heights” and “Thrushcross Grange” and where Emily spent much of her time writing in that great hall. This film adaptation is for her brilliance and will to bring such a bold story to life in the 19th century. I am excited to share it with the world.”
Wuthering Heights,” which runs 180 minutes and is nominated for six FLIC awards including Best Picture, screens Sunday, Jan. 26th at 1 p.m.
The Telegraph and buying your first home with a sibling:
For sisters who shared a room during childhood, the idea of living together in adulthood might be anathema. Yet there’s a long tradition of this special relationship – from the novelist Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra, to the Brontë siblings and, more recently, Kate and Pippa Middleton sharing a flat in Chelsea. (Liz Rowlinson)
This columnist of The Philippine Star mentions the Brontës:
“In high school I studied English and American literature along with Rizal’s Noli and Fili. In college, required reading were Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Shakespeare, etc – no Filipino authors. (Domini M. Torrevillas)
Wuthering Heights 2011 is on several best-films-of-the-decade lists on Culturopoing and Les Yeux Grands Ouverts. Butterfly in the sky briefly posts about Jane Eyre. AnneBrontë.org wishes everybody a very good (Anne Brontë) 2020 year.


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