Friday, July 17, 2020

Friday, July 17, 2020 2:09 pm by M. in , , ,    No comments
The BBC urges you to explore more early novels beyond the beaten track:
If I say the trigger words ‘19th-Century novel’, your head will probably immediately fill with thoughts of Brontë sisters or Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, Gustave Flaubert, or Mark Twain. (That woman who throws herself on the tracks. That kid who floats down a river and becomes a man. That woman who is crazy in an attic. You know.) But there are other worlds to conquer. So much else was going on in 19th-Century fiction. (Cameron Laux)
We agree. But we think we should add the often-forgotten worlds inside those sacred cows. We are thinking here of Villette, Shirley ...

KWBU on why we read Jane Austen:
A large part of my graduate education revolved around the trinity of 19th century authors: George Eliot, the Brontë sisters, and Jane Austen.  Susan Carson edited 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen.  This remarkable book drives the reader into Austen’s entire world from all angles.  Every devotee of Austen should own a copy of this work.  I hope I can find a similar book for Eliot and the Brontës. (Jim McKeown)
Metro includes, quite unexpectedly, Wuthering Heights on a list of escapist books:
Few landscapes serve as both a character and a state of mind the way the Yorkshire moors do in Brontë’s incomparable novel about the doomed Heathcliff and Cathy. To read it is to feel the wildness of the landscape and the passions it prompts infect your very blood. (Claire Allfree)
Yukon News lists the reading choices of the current Jenni House Resident Artist, Kim Edgar:
Edgar has picked out six books they’re hoping to finish reading by the end of the month, including Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag, who was undergoing treatment for cancer when she wrote the book; Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë; and Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc. (Jackie Hong)
Common Dreams would have made Charlotte Brontë very proud. She is, quite literally, on the same level that Dante Alighieri or Emmanuel Kant:
This contrast—between the law that prevails within a society of citizens and its absence among the society of nations—was hardly original to Truman. It had been expressed over the course of many centuries by Great Minds like Dante, Rousseau, Kant, Baha’u’llah, Charlotte Brontë, Victor Hugo, and H.G. Wells. (Tad Daley)
West Side Rag interviews the owner of The Strand, Nancy Bass Wyden:
As for what books have been trending during the quarantine, she first noted an increase in sales of titles related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Works that have been adapted for television, such as “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Normal People,” and “Dune,” are also selling well. “I think people just want a little bit of an easy read, a little bit of escapism,” she said. “Then we have a big push of people who love classics, such as “Jane Eyre,” Dickens, and “War and Peace.” That’s our literary, bookish crowd, wanting to go into the past and dive into quality literature.” (Angela Barbuti)
Veja (Brazil) goes a bit far when tracing the origins of British TV series like Normal People:
Quando a ficção britânica envolve romance, este costuma vir cercado de muitos outros temas e considerações, e também de uma franqueza infrequente nas séries americanas. Na tradição que remonta a Orgulho e Preconceito (1813), de Jane Austen, e a Jane Eyre (1847), de Charlotte Brontë, e que hoje evolui em rumos revigorantes com séries como Fleabag (veja o quadro abaixo), as desventuras amorosas são o gatilho para que os protagonistas se confrontem consigo mesmos e adquiram alguma clareza sobre o papel que desempenham na própria infelicidade ou insatisfação.  (Isabela Boscov) (Translation)
Guia da Semana (Brazil) lists British writers you should read ASAP:
Emily Jane Brontë foi uma escritora e poetisa britânica autora do clássico da literatura “O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes”. Ela era uma pessoa introvertida e reclusa, e tinha mais duas irmãs, Charlotte e Anne, também com romances literários famosos. Emily publicou seu livro sob um pseudônimo masculino durante a época vitoriana, mas, anos depois, ela recebeu o devido crédito e a obra tornou-se cânone da literatura britânica. (Lidia Capitani) (Translation)
Yle (in Swedish) has a musical quiz:
Skivan på bilden nedan heter The Kick Inside och kom år 1978. Vems rosade debut-LP är det? Tips: Emily Brontë. Artistens namn är svärtat på bilden. (Dan Eskil Jansson) (Translation)
Bega District News talks about the recent The Most Wuthering Heights Day performance. The Shatner Chatner finds similarities between the TV series Hannibal and Jane Eyre. Leyendo en Illea (in Spanish) reviews Agnes Grey.

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