Monday, August 17, 2020

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The Westmorland Gazette features the Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge. The historian who has written the article could have done a better job when it comes to determining the ages of Maria, Elizabeth and Charlotte Brontë.
The Clergy Daughters' School was situated at Cowan Bridge, just over the Westmorland border into Lancashire.
In 1824, the Rev Patrick Brontë, from Haworth,[...] brought his daughters Maria and Elizabeth there. His elder daughter, Charlotte, [sic] arrived, apparently by herself, in August.
The institution had been founded by the Rev Carus Wilson, who was both vicar and squire of Casterton - to which place the school was later removed. [...]
Though locally hailed as a generous benefactor, Carus Wilson's school's 'assisted fees' were quite high at £14 per year, with £3 extra for 'accomplishments' of French, music and drawing.
Charlotte was only at Cowan Bridge for eight months. Yet her lurid story of child abuse and lack of Christian charity at Low Wood [sic] in her 1847 novel 'Jane Eyre' has been as everlasting as those Dickens, in 1839, portrayed of workhouse cruelty in 'Oliver Twist'.
In 'Jane Eyre', Carus Wilson, renamed as the Rev Mr Brocklehurst, was depicted as 'a sanctimonious man, hand in glove with a sadistic God who commanded his teachers to expunge the girls' lust by flogging their bodies, and providing them with scanty, often uneatable food, badly-cooked in a damp, dirty kitchen.'
After enduring a harsh winter, the two younger girls [sic] were sent home in spring. Within months they had died of tuberculosis and, possibly, of typhus. Maria was 10 and Elizabeth nine; not a pleasant story. (Roger Bingham)
A contributor to The National (Scotland) writes about a recent thunderstorm.
This felt like a biblical event, but it was certainly moving and elemental. I watched it from outside and then back to monitor it online, on a site where you can watch lightning strikes mapped live.
I was flitting from my own live “real” experience to an online mediated one. This felt like one of the great storms from literature: the storm in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, the lightning in Nabokov’s Lolita or the thunder in Herman Melville’s The Lightning-rod Man. It felt like a scene from Frankenstein. (Mike Small)
Similarly, Trabajadores (Cuba) reports that Wuthering Heights belongs to their Huracán (Hurricane) collection.
Desde la creación, hace varias décadas, de la Colección Huracán, los lectores cubanos han tenido ocasión de acercarse a obras de incuestionable alcance y trascendencia, escritas por autores de diversas generaciones, estilos y latitudes. [...]
Cumbres borrascosas (2017, 392 pp), novela de Emily Brontë –única narración publicada por su autora con el seudónimo masculino de Ellis Bell—, apareció, por vez primera, en el año 1847.
«Obra controvertida para su época –aseguran los editores de esta entrega—, alabada por unos y criticada por otros que no comprendieron la complejidad de sus personajes y su innovadora estructura».
Emily Brontë (1818-1848), quien, junto a sus hermanas Charlotte y Anne, escribió poesía y prosa desde la infancia, presenta en este relato una vívida radiografía de las realidades y conflictos de la sociedad inglesa del siglo XIX.
Esta nueva edición –acompañada de un estudio introductorio del poeta y narrador Pablo Armando Fernández— confirma que Cumbres borrascosas no ha dejado de despertar el interés y la curiosidad de numerosos lectores en todo el mundo. (Fernando Rodríguez Sosa) (Translation)
The Observer reported that The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2020 is now on.
So far, this has been an especially great year for former winners of the prize. In February, Isabel Greenberg (left), who won it in 2011, published her third full-length graphic novel, Glass Town, a book inspired by the imaginary childhood worlds of the Brontës. (Rachel Cooke)
Young Post features '7 authors born in August and their essential books'.
August 24 Jean Rhys
Rhys was born and grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica, and it is this background that informed her most famous novel, Wide Sargasso Sea. This prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, written around 80 years after the classic, describes the marriage of Jane’s eventual husband, Mr Rochester, to his first wife, Bertha. In Jane Eyre, she is the “madwoman in the attic”. This story gives her a lot more context, and explores themes of racism and feminism. (Karly Cox)
Cambridgeshire Live has '150 general knowledge quiz questions to test your friends and family', including
66. What were the pseudonyms originally used by the Brontë sisters? (Abigail Rabbett and Fiona Leishman)
AnneBrontë.org has a post on 'Hathersage/Morton In Words And Pictures'.

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