Saturday, February 27, 2021

History Extra shares '20 inspirational quotes from women through history for International Women’s Day' including
12 “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Who said it? Charlotte Brontë (1816–55), English novelist and poet
About: Charlotte Brontë was an English writer and eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived to adulthood. She is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, which has been adapted countless times for film and television and is often considered among the greatest works of English literature (as well as being what some might describe as an early feminist novel). The above quote is said by Brontë’s protagonist, Jane, in chapter 23 of the novel.
“[Brontë] didn’t twiddle her thumbs. She got on with things – and she paved the way for other female writers. Her novels have a feminist twist, and she had a strong sense that life wasn’t fair for women,” said children’s book author Jacqueline Wilson in an interview for BBC History Magazine in 2016. (Rachel Dinning)
The Nerd Daily reviews Bella Ellis's The Diabolical Bones.
The mystery itself is exciting and full of twists and turns throughout. The Diabolical Bones is perfect for fall and winter (for us seasonal-mood readers) as the wintery isolated setting and consistently spooky vibes are front and center throughout the story. (Marla Warren)
Tor lists '8 Twists on Classic Gothic Stories':
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys’ explicitly anti-colonialist response to Jane Eyre. The novel follows Antoinette Cosway, a formerly rich Jamaican heiress of Creole descent who eventually becomes the “madwoman” in Mr. Rochester’s attic. Antoinette tells her own story, in which she is not mad at all, but forced into a hopeless situation by her tyrannical English husband, who is not named in the book. As the book unfolds in the days after the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, Antoinette’s own racism and the consequences of her family’s choice to be slaveowners form a pivotal point in her downfall.
Rhys, who was born in Dominica, takes a scalpel to an iconic Gothic tale to look at British oppression in the Caribbean, the horror of white supremacy and slavery, and both men’s brutal treatment of women, and the way elite women can trade an illusion of safety to become complicit in the abuse of the lower class.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
High Place stands in the Mexican countryside, home to Howard Doyle, an ancient Englishman and his sons, one handsome but threatening, the other shy. When Noemí’s cousin Catalina asks her to leave her city life and come to High Place it’s shortly after her marriage to Virgil—and Catalina clearly feels that she’s under some sort of threat. Noemí is used to life as a pampered debutante, but she soon realizes that she’ll need to become an amateur detective to help her cousin. Is Virgil truly a threat? What are the secrets that seem to haunt Howard? And why has the High Place itself begun to appear in Noemí’s dreams, showing her images of grotesquerie and beauty that haunt her waking life and hint that she may never be able to leave? Can a house have a will of its own?
The author of Gods of Jade and Shadow takes all the tropes of a classic Gothic and transports them to the Mexican countryside, where the fading English elite fight to hold on to their power—even if it means living in thrall to ancient evil.
Fala! Universidades (Brazil) lists 3 reasons to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
III – O ARQUÉTIPO MORAL DAS PERSONAGENS (Esther Machado Piuvezam) (Translation)
El País (in Catalan) features the work of writer Víctor García Tur:
El punt de partida podria semblar concebut per algun deixeble canadenc de John Cheever —i ho avalaria l’aguda observació de la força i la debilitat psicològica, la ironia tràgica i l’ansietat que lliga la tribu dels Roy-Tremblaypierre—, però L’aigua que vols, premi Sant Jordi 2020, és una nova demostració de la ventrilòquia literària de Víctor García Tur (Barcelona, 1991), capaç d’absorbir i transformar el gran art del passat —ja s’havia disfressat de Hitchcock i de les germanes Brontë a Els ocells, i de Borges a El país dels cecs—, pujar a l’escenari i representar un gran joc. (Ponç Puigdevall) (Translation)
YorkshireLive thinks that the road trip from  Leeds to Haworth is one of the UK's best road trips.
A 45-minute drive from Leeds to Haworth is one of the UK's best road trips.
That's according to car hire price comparison website which has ranked the 20-mile journey the fourth-best in the country.
The drive, from Leeds city centre to the home of the Brontë Sisters, beats drives from London to Stonehenge, Manchester to Edale, in the Peak District; and even Belfast to the Giant's Causeway.
Indeed the short trip via the A647 and A6144 packs in a wealth of natural beauty as well as unusual features. [...]
Brontë country
Once you're past the village of Cullingworth it's rural for the rest of your journey.
The plateau between the village and Haworth affords superb views across undulating fields towards the Dales and Pennines.
But it's past the crossroads at Flappit Springs where the heather-topped moors reveal themselves in their rugged glory.
A moorland sheep at Top Withens, the farmhouse which inspired Wuthering Heights
Then it's a gradual descent and a brief but steep drive up into Haworth itself.
Haworth has long since shaken its reputation as a tourist trap. The steep, cobbled Main Street bristles with decent cafes, pubs, gift stores and curio shops.
And there's obviously the Brontë Parsonage which is now a museum.
If the weather's decent, it's worth doing the spectacular three-mile walk from Haworth centre to Top Withins (pictured) – the inspiration for Wuthering Heights – via the Brontë Waterfall. (Dave Himelfield)
The Telegraph and Argus reports that filming for the new season of Gentleman Jack has begun.
A set was first built on the top of Haworth Moor's Penistone Country Park on Tuesday with the shoot originally planned to go ahead on Wednesday. [...]
The set has been created to mimic a snow scene with white powder sprinkled delicately over rocks.
Councillors confirmed that the film crews will only be filming for one day. [...]
The first series, which was partly shot in Bradford and featured youngsters from local theatre school, Articulate, was a huge hit, with 6.8 million viewers across its eight-episode run.
It was a major tourism boost for neighbouring Calderdale and perhaps, in future, Haworth - already famous for its Brontë connections.


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