Friday, July 03, 2015

The Life of Charlotte Brontë in Russian

A new, and according to the editors the first one, Russian translation of Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë has released:
Жизнь Шарлотты Бронте
Гаскелл Элизабет
ISBN: 978-5-389-08644-9
Publisher: Азбука-Аттикус. Imprint: Колибри

Эта книга посвящена одной из самых знаменитых английских писательниц XIX века, чей роман «Джейн Эйр» — история простой гувернантки, сумевшей обрести настоящее счастье, — пользуется успехом во всем мире. Однако немногим известно, насколько трагично сложилась судьба самой Шарлотты Бронте. Она мужественно и с достоинством переносила все невзгоды и испытания, выпадавшие на ее долю. Пережив родных сестер и брата, Шарлотта Бронте довольно поздно вышла замуж, но умерла меньше чем через год после свадьбы — ей было 38 лет. Об этом и о многом другом (о жизни семьи Бронте, творчестве сестер Эмили и Энн, литературном дебюте и славе, о встречах с писателями и т. д.) рассказала другая известная английская писательница — Элизабет Гаскелл. Ее знакомство с Шарлоттой Бронте состоялось в 1850 году, и в течение почти пяти лет их связывала личная и творческая дружба. Книга «Жизнь Шарлотты Бронте» — ценнейший биографический источник, основанный на богатом документальном материале. Э. Гаскелл включила в текст сотни писем Ш. Бронте и ее корреспондентов (подруг, родных, литераторов, издателей). Книга «Жизнь Шарлотты Бронте» впервые публикуется на русском языке.
Meduza posts about it.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Success or Happiness

Atlas Obscura discusses several courses given at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville:

They’ve collected hundreds of different copies of Jane Eyre, first published in 1847. Through the different covers, Jane evolves with the times. On one pulp paperback, she passionately embraces her suitor, eyes closed tight and lips painted a sultry red. (Andy Wright)
The Daily Maverick (SouthAfrica) on judging books by their cover:
Women have borne the brunt of consumer and even publisher bias. In the mid-1800's, a 20-year-old Charlotte Brontë sent her poetry to England's poet laureate Robert Southey and he replied bluntly, "Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life." Brontë ignored the laureate and penned Jane Eyre and, along with her sisters Emily and Anne, they adopted pen names: 'Charlotte Currer-Bell', 'Anne Acton-Bell' and 'Emily Ellis-Bell'. (Timothy Maurice Webster)
The writer and photographer Sarah Burkhart on The Huffington Post:
The truth is that my life up to this point was what the kids might call a YOLO life (You Only Live Once -- translation for those of you my age or older). I've been making changes, taking risks, and going from mountaintop to valley and back again -- telling myself all the while "life is short, I can't waste these opportunities." My life was, in the words of Jane Eyre, "changeful and abrupt." And even when that sort of life was difficult, even on the days that I was yearning for stability, there was a sort of lusty drama to the ups and downs. 
Child narrators in The Conversation:
Much of the empathy generated by the child narrator flows from the reader’s perception of his or her innocence. From Jane Eyre to Jimmy Flick, when a child narrator seems alone in the world — a victim of adult failings— and continues to struggle forward, readers want the narrative to resolve with their success or happiness. (Michelle Smith)
A Brontë reference in the Daily Gospel in Bandera (Philippines):
Judging others is the favorite pastime of the heart. Education, however, can tame it and teach it to focus on lofty things. Charlotte Brontë puts it this way: “Prejudices are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education”. Surprisingly, education did not free the Teachers of the Law from prejudices. (Fr. Dan De Los Angeles)
A press release from DramaFever (South Korea) confirms that Jane Eyre 2006 will be broadcast in South Korea next Autumn:
Through a new licensing partnership with BBC Worldwide North America, DramaFever announces the U.S. streaming rights to 18 titles, with five series premiering today, and two additional series launching each month (...)
* Jane Eyre (Premieres September 30) – A shy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Stars: Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens
Baby names in Good To Know:
Jane
Meaning: God has given/God's grace
Famous people called Jane: Jane Austen, Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour.
Originally the name Jane was a form of John and it was also the name of the main character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre all the way back in the 19th century but it's been around much longer than that, the name Jane has been used since the seventh century. (Holly Boultwood)
Writer's Edit reviews Jane Eyre. Bookish Whimsy has a very interesting post about the novel. The Brontë Society shares the June Garden Diary:
If you are able to come to the Parsonage on Sunday 12th July then we will be holding a Garden Open Day to display/offer many cuttings available for a donation or for a swap so please come along and bring your “plant swap” with you too. As well as plants we will be offering some bites and drinks on the day. (Geoff Taylor)

More on The Silent Wild

In the Dining Room, guests listen to a new composition
 inspired by the sounds of the Parsonage while
watching a choreographed dance piece play on an iPad.
 — at Bronte Parsonage Museum. Source
A press release from the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
The Silent Wild: Brontë Parsonage Museum unveils exciting new collaborative exhibition with artist Diane Howse



Visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum this summer will have the opportunity to experience an exciting new perspective on the work and lives of the Brontës through an exhibition comprising text, performance, film and sound.

The Silent Wild is part of the Contemporary Arts programme at the Museum and takes as it’s starting point the written word and how silent shapes on a page have the power to conjure whole worlds of sound, noise and commotion.

Yorkshire-based artist and curator Diane Howse is interested in creating new possibilities for presenting works in alternative - and sometimes unexpected - locations. For the The Silent Wild she has brought together a team of creatives: filmmaker Adam Baroukh; choreographer Carolyn Choa; poet Thomas A Clark; cinematographer Daniel Fazio; dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon; calligrapher Gigi Leung and musician and sound artist Lemma Redda.
Diane explained: ‘We read and write in silence, but lines on a page evoke whole other worlds of meaning and experience. It is impossible to read “The wind roared high in the great trees” from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre without bringing to mind that particular sound of wind in the trees. We have no way of actually, physically hearing the voices of the Brontës, the world they lived in, or the worlds they created, but by silently engaging with the words they wrote, we can vividly experience the roar and clatter and murmur of their extraordinary imagination.’
The exhibition will be installed in the historic rooms of the Parsonage as well as in the Contemporary Arts Space. In this genuinely collaborative project artists, filmmakers and performers have worked together across art forms. The film and sound work in the Dining Room was made in partnership with Salts Mill and shot on location there, inspired by the surprising but crucial relationship between the two places. Gigi Leung’s poetic Chinese calligraphy uses “sound” words from the novels of the Brontës and poet Thomas A Clark has created new works in different forms for this exhibition.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rejecting Cathy

Miami New Times interviews the writer Meg Cabot:

What are some of your favorite books?
I have so many, so many writers I admire; that I loved as kid. I love George Lucas… I love Judy Blume, who lives here in Key West as well. She’s always been a big favorite of mine and I’m a big supporter and fan of hers. I love some of the classics, too, from Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë. (Shelly Davidov)
The Millions reviews the 1979 book of essays The White Album by Joan Didion:
Look again at “On Self-Respect.” The whole essay is an act of gender-bending. Didion rejects the role of Cathy from Wuthering Heights, and of Francesca da Rimini. Instead, she compares herself to Raskolnikov and says she wants to be more like Rhett Butler. She puts Jordan Baker’s manhood up against Julian English’s: Jordan wins. And then there are the references to the Wild West, to Waterloo and the playing fields of Eton, and to Chinese Gordon holding Khartoum against the Mahdi. (Franklin Strong)
Humo (Belgium) reviews the book Vernietiging by Jeff VanderMeer:
Wie iets wenst te snappen van het universum en de sfeer waarin de boeken zich gekluisterd weten, dient zich om te beginnen wat (om het éven wat) te kunnen voorstellen bij de combinatie H.P. Lovecraft meets‘Alien’ meets ‘Wuthering Heights’ meets ‘The Insider’. (Translation)
Publico recommends Wuthering Heights 1939, today on Portuguese TV (TVC2, 18:05h) ; Maybe, I Dreamt You posts a nice Wuthering Heights 2011 movie meme.

Spellbound

The new album by the UK jazz singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly contains a cover of no other that Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights:

Juliet Kelly
Spellbound
Track Listing: One More Dance; Little Things; Wuthering Heights; Devilish Disguise; Ghosts; All He'll Ever Need; No One Can Tell; Beautiful Smile; Magic & Mystery; Heaven Scent; Forbidden Fruit.
Personnel: Juliet Kelly: vocals; Nick Ramm: piano, keyboards; Oli Hayhurst: bass; Eddie Hick: drums; Manjeet Singh Rasiya: tabla
All about Jazz is not the biggest fan though:
There's an obvious inspiration for "Wuthering Heights." Two inspirations, really—for this is a cover of Kate Bush's classic paean to Emily Brontë's evocation of all things ghostly and moor-ish. It's something of an oddity—Kelly has described it as a Marmite song, one to be loved or hated. For this reviewer of a certain age, whose memories of Kate Bush's original run deep, the experiment is an honorable failure: Ramm's keyboard uncharacteristically fails to capture the atmosphere of the tale and Kelly's vocal lacks Bush's spookiness.  (Bruce Lindsay)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Obsessed with Wuthering Heights

The Telegraph and Argus features the book Come into the House which consists of

ten shortlisted entries from a competition, run by Corazon Books in partnership with The Historic Houses Association, to write a short story either inspired by or set in a historic house. [...]
HHA homes and gardens have been inspiring authors for centuries. Literary links include Norton Conyers, near Ripon, Yorkshire (winner of HHA’s Restoration Award 2014), which Charlotte Brontë is known to have visited and whose attic is said to have inspired the story of the “madwoman” in Jane Eyre. (Emma Clayton)
The Guardian reviews the YA novel The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson which is about
seventeen year old Lennie Walker - she is obsessed with Wuthering Heights, plays the clarinet and is a total band geek. She is also prone to scattering her poems all over town since her sister Bailey died four weeks ago.  (Thedauntlessbookthief)
Paste Magazine has selected '24 Perfect Songs for Book Lovers' and of course one of them is
4. “Wuthering Heights” – Kate Bush
Kate Bush writes from the perspective of Emily Brontë’s character Catherine Earnshaw in her unique take on the classic novel Wuthering Heights. An incredibly smart and weird tune (like Bush herself), the poppy chorus doesn’t hide the sadness that fills the literary lyric, “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy. Come home. I’m so cold.” (Laura Stanley)
Blog Critics reviews Poldark:
But we soon learn that Ross is far from Emily Brontë’s anti-hero of Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff, too, had grown up going to war, hoping to win back the heart and hand of his Cathy, but Heathcliff’s scheme was dangerous and far darker. Our Ross Poldark is the anti-Heathcliff. Although he is an aristocrat, he is a friend to his workers, feeling a deep responsibility to care for the tenants working his land, and the vulnerable in the disintegrating mining culture of Cornwall. He mourns the loss of his deepest love, even contemplating moving to London to avoid her, lest her reputation be smeared, and his cousin be cuckolded. (Barbara Barnett)
A columnist from The Jewish Chronicle writes about Saul Bellow and recalls the fact that,
I first read Bellow's masterpiece, Herzog, for A Level long ago. We had battled through Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and all the other Janes and then came to our last set text. One of our teachers refused to teach it because it was not proper English. (David Herman)
The Brontë Parsonage Blog has a post on Caroline Lamb, writer, producer, artistic director with the Dangerous to Know Theatre Company based in Manchester and a Brontëite. Betsy reads books reviews Jane Re by Patricia Park.  Thenewalphabet briefly posts on Jane Eyre 2011. Patheos reviews Jane Eyre's Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower.

Deconstructing Spivak

This is a scholar approach to the (scholar) approaches of Gayatri Spivak, a cornerstone of the postcolonial readings of Jane Eyre:
Gayatri Spivak
Deconstruction and the Ethics of Postcolonial Literary Interpretation
Ola Abdalkafor
Cambridge Scholar Publihers
ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7467-0
May 2015

How does Spivak approach the signs the madwoman in the attic, the good black servant, the monster and the “wholly Other”? What is the basis of Spivak’s ethics of interpretation and what are her main tools? Gayatri Spivak: Deconstruction and the Ethics of Postcolonial Literary Interpretation is an ambitious and compelling critical work which answers various questions surrounding one of the most notoriously difficult literary theorists in our times. This book is an in-depth study of Spivak’s readings of a cluster of canonical and peripheral literary texts covering Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Frankenstein, Foe and “Pterodactyl.” It divides Spivak’s literary theoretical practice into two phases; the first is de Manian and the second is Derridean. However, the book also shows that these two phases are not clearly independent from each other; rather, there are continuities between them. The theory resulting from these two phases can be described as affirmative postcolonial literary interpretation: Derridean in spirit but de Manian in technique. The book also meticulously defines Spivak’s position within the thought of Derrida, de Man and western feminists and reveals the possibilities available for readers who wish to ethically approach and interpret the sign of the “wholly Other,” which reaches in its scope “the native subaltern female.” Analysing Spivak’s literary interpretation as such, this book offers insights to postcolonial readers and provides them with new tools, such as “learning from below,” useful for reading not literature only, but also contemporary political, cultural and social issues from new perspectives.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Toppling Heathcliff

First of all, today June 29th marks the 160th anniversary of Charlotte and Arthur Bell Nicholls' wedding.

The Telegraph discusses siblings:
Cain and Abel got sibling relationships off to a bad start. Since then, for every Brontë family, sat writing around the Haworth parsonage table together, there is a Margaret Drabble and AS Byatt, who’ve been on almost permanent non-speakers since they were children. (Glenda Cooper)
Beware of spoilers in this commentary of the adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell on Den of Geek:
Fittingly, the last word went to everybody’s favourite: Childermass (who, after that speech on the North’s hearts and minds has toppled Heathcliff from the top spot on Yorkshire’s list of literary brooding heroes). Enzo Cilenti took us right back to the start, to the snowy streets of York and its Society of Magicians. (Louisa Mello)
El Confidencial (Spain) discusses writers' homes. Gossip Press lists eight Reasons Why Jane Eyre Is Not The Ideal Victorian Woman (i.e." being beautiful, sophisticated, and obedient to her husband").

The Rime of Jane and Mr. Rochester

A recent poetry book containing a Brontë-related poem:
The Poetry of Freddie Davis Noti and Naomi Davis Blackwell 
by Freddie Davis Noti and Naomi Davis Blackwell
RoseDog Books (April 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1480962064

Sisters Freddie Davis Noti and Naomi Davis Blackwell were avid readers of the classics. Naomi was a devoted lover of Charlotte Brontë, especially the celebrated novel Jane Eyre. In her adult years she began composing her long narrative poem The Rime of Jane and Mr. Rochester. She spent several years writing and perfecting it and ended with an emotionally rewarding work of beauty.
After the death of Naomi in 2005, Freddie was inspired to write two short odes and a longer poem about her.
Freddie wanted both her poems and Naomi’s The Rime of Jane and Mr. Rochester published for other lovers
of classic poetry to enjoy.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Illuminating and unexpected

The Yorkshire Post interviews  Judy Finnigan (from the Richard & Judy show):

“I think it’s just me. I’ve always liked Gothic novels – one of my favourite novels is Jane Eyre – and the way the Brontës wrote, and I love Daphne du Maurier. And for that, you need the power of landscape, whether it’s Yorkshire or whether it’s Cornwall, which means a great deal to me and where I find it relatively easier to write than anywhere else.
The Times Higher Education reviews Deborah Lutz's The Brontë Cabinet:
The various items (including letters, walking sticks and twined bracelets of hair) are gathered like talismans, and duly perform some sort of magic, transporting readers into the domestic life of the Brontës. Lutz immerses us in their mundane material reality and distils an understanding of their work that is almost always illuminating and unexpected. (...)
Sewing, domestic and ornamental, has its part both in the Brontës’ lives and in their novels, and it is to Lutz’s immense credit that she acknowledges how the intensely felt life of many women, not just the remarkable Brontës, found ways to be expressed. This is a fine book, rich, immersive and illuminating, glowing with the life of the Brontës and their wild genius. (Shahidha Bari)
Hello! Magazine talks about the importance of being named Charlotte:
Other than the young royal, the most famous British Charlotte is most likely Charlotte Brontë, who wrote Jane Eyre. (Rachel Elbaum)
The Star (Malaysia) has visited the British Library's Treasure Gallery:
Next to this was a handwritten, corrected draft from 1838 of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 manuscript of Jane Eyre showing deletions and revisions she had made to the text.
El Litoral (Argentina) lists several July anniversaries by women:
1818: Nace Emily Bronte, novelista británica, autora de “Cumbres borrascosas”, considerada un clásico de la literatura inglesa. Llevó una vida casi monástica, cultivando la literatura junto a sus hermanos, pero -dada la época-, ocultando su condición femenina tras un seudónimo. Murió en 1848, a los 30 años, de tuberculosis y sin saber la repercusión que su única obra le iba a dar a través del tiempo. (Translation)
The Brussels Brontë Blog posts about the Brussels meeting of the Brontë Society Waterloo excursion last June 20.

Enhanced Jane

Lori War from Enhanced Classics alerts us of the upcoming release of the Enhanced Jane Eyre:

Enhanced Classics has grown out of the belief that to really understand a classic work, you have to get to know the person who was compelled to write the story.
With an Enhanced Classic readers can curl up with a novel while also learning about the author. Editions include a variety of media to blend information about the author within the novel--video interviews with respected scholars, slide shows relevant to the storyline or the author’s life, audio of music from the era, definitions of period words or translations of dialects, complete bibliographies and references. All information is meticulously researched and inserted into the text of the novel at appropriate times, such as when an explanation may be needed, so as not to disrupt the reading experience.
The first Enhanced Classics edition is Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. In this edition you will find video interviews with the Brontë Parsonage curator, Victorian scholars, translation of French dialogue, slide shows of paintings and woodcuts mentioned in the story, illustrations of the book from various years and editions and an interactive map of Haworth from the time of the Brontës:
Anne Dinsdale
Collections Manager
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Author of many books on the BrontësSandra Gilbert
Distinguished Professor of English Emerita
Unversity of California, Davis
Author of Madwoman in the AtticSandramgilbert.comJaqueline Padgett
Associate Professor of English
Trinity College, Washington, DC
So find a comfy chair, travel back in time with Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester and get to know Charlotte. I hope you enjoy the experience.
Check the Enhanced Classics Facebook for more information.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Original and Unconventional

Deborah Lutz's The Brontë Cabinet is reviewed by The Herald:
For some reason, however, as with Jane Austen, these writers attract a degree of biographical attention that borders on the besotted. American academic Deborah Lutz is well aware that she is treading on a path deeply rutted by the passage of thousands before her: "A whole library could be filled with books published on the Brontës, many of them so excellent that one feels there need be no more." But, undaunted, she proceeds, her aim being to illuminate these writers through their belongings. "There has been little writing on most of these artefacts," she assures us, "on some not a jot." What follows are nine chapters each devoted to a household item that offers a keyhole into the way these women thought, behaved and wrote. (...)
With each of her objects, Lutz broadens her scope from their immediate relevance to the Brontës to bring in the wider world. Thus, in talking about a gnarled walnut walking stick which the sisters may or may not have used on their vigorous daily walks in the moors, she expands into a discussion of the almost revolutionary aspect of women of their class walking alone in this period. Such digressions also have the virtue of removing us from the sometimes suffocating Brontë household. Above all, they shed light on the age itself, which did so much to shape this remarkable trio, original and unconventional though they were. (Rosemary Goring)
and The Christian Science Monitor:
Gentle reader, beware: The Brontë Cabinet is no ordinary biography. Anyone wanting direct narration of the Brontë sisters’ lives should look elsewhere. Those who do read this book will follow the Brontës but will also be redirected into shadowy spaces where bodies have left stains, feet have passed, and locks of hair have been hoarded.
In these pursuits, Deborah Lutz is a bit like a 19th-century medium gathering the objects of the dead at a séance. She gathers and interprets the objects, actions, and landscapes that inflected a family of authors, of women, of nineteenth-century thinkers. Her auguries turn on things as varied as potato peelings, dog collars, albums, sewing boxes, and hiking trails. She investigates the places where objects provoke an almost physical sense of encounter. She reads things to see what they might tell her about life and about literature. This is to say, she leaps between objects and disciplines to craft an unusual cultural history – not just about a family of authors but about reading itself. (Read more) (Tess Taylor)
The book is recommended as a summer read by Lancaster Online:
3. “The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects” by Deborah Lutz: A Victorian scholar illuminates the lives of the Brontë sisters through their possessions. A wonderful read for anyone who loved “Jane Eyre” or “Wuthering Heights.”
The Independent reviews The Not-Dead and the Saved and Other Stories by Kate Clanchy
In “Brunty Country” an aviator-wearing literary agent seeks out the Brontës on the Yorkshire moors, and while the story might prompt a guffaw from those in the business the tone is a little too knowing. Then again, the image of Charlotte Brontë appearing at the door with her hair “embalmed into a bun” is enough to forgive all – even the reference to an Emily Brontë All Saints collaboration. (Matilda Bathurst)
Bryony Gordon in The Telegraph may not be channeling the right person:
But I’m not sure that is entirely true. I think the reason people’s comments irk me is that they have an element of truth. So I resolve to spend the evening being nothing but demure – ha! – and lovely. I channel my inner Charlotte Brontë, wherever the hell she is.
NPR Books discusses  romantic heroes:
You see, my idea of romance hero — which was imprinted on my brain before my brain was fully formed — is Heathcliff. You know, the guy from Wuthering Heights who spends his life chasing his beloved Cathy all over the moor?
The only problem is, I reread Wuthering Heights a couple of years ago, and to my horror I realized that the Heathcliff is downright mean. He is so obsessed with Cathy that he thinks it's okay to ruin everyone else he knows. He's not just abusive — he's a complete jerk.
"I'm sorry, Heathcliff fans, but it's true," says Carrie Sessarego, author of Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn. "He's a fascinating jerk, he's a mesmerizing jerk — but there's never really a point where he says, 'Ya know, maybe I shouldn't have been such a jerk.'" (Lynn Neary)
Two Haworth residents have visited the Haworth in New Jersey. As reported in Keighley News:
A brick forming part of the grounds of an expanded library in Haworth has been paid for by Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council.
But this library is a very long way from Haworth, West Yorkshire!
The library is in the small suburb of Haworth New Jersey, in the United States, which was named after the original town in Yorkshire by a fan of the Brontë sisters. (Miran Rahman)
 The Mirror talks about The Angel & The Cad by Geraldine Roberts:
Geraldine calls him [William Wellesley Pole] a cross between Heathcliff from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, and says if ever her book becomes a film Poldark’s Aiden Turner is perfect to play him. (Rachel Bletchly)
Crafty twins in The Belfast Telegraph:
With their porcelain skin and calm, otherworldly demeanour, twin sisters Julie and Lauren Scott could have stepped out of the covers of a Victorian Gothic novel by Dickens or the Brontë sisters.  (Stephanie Bell)
This salutatorian speech in the West Essex Regional School has a Brontë reference. As published in New Jersey Hills:
In my favorite novel, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, Jane says, “I am a free human being with an independent will”. As we, the class of 2015, make our way into the world, we must exercise this free will to better ourselves and our community. (Isabelle de Brabanter)
 Movies in the Square is an initiative by the Glade Spring Library, Glade Spring, VA:
Wuthering Heights” is slated to be shown Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Part of the library’s Book to Film series, this is William Wyler’s version of the book by Emily Brontë. (SWVa Today)
The Conway Daily Sun talks about the Bernie Sanders Democratic campaign for the nomination:
Yet the Clinton campaign must deal with the factors that make all those hearts flutter there by the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire or by the Raccoon River in Iowa, for Sanders, who by appearance — floppy white hair, rumpled suit — does not exactly possess the raw materials (or the raw energy) that customarily make the masses swoon. He's no Edward Rochester of "Jane Eyre," nor even Heathcliff of "Wuthering Heights."
Not much coastline (abyssal or not) in the Brontës novels, but El Periódico (Guatemala) seems a bit oblivious of it:
Los escritores de ayer fueron atraídos por el ambiente natural que formaba parte de su identidad. Los escribas de su tiempo hablaron de sus grandes ríos, o de mares donde surcó Ulises, o los paisajes que dieron paso al espíritu pionero en todos los continentes. Allí los bosques de Alemania sirviendo de escenario a los cuentos de los Hermanos Grimm. O los abismos costeros ingleses, dando mayor dramatismo a Cumbres Borrascosas o a Jane Eyre. (Fernando González Davison) (Translation)
Check out the Brontea Tree in the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival:
 This tree, decorated for the #HBAF by The Brontë Society is just our cup of tea! Find it in Holme Street, Hebden Bridge. Bronte Parsonage Museum. #HBAF — in Hebden Bridge.
And don't forget the new set of pictures uploaded by the Brontë Bell Chapel Facebook Group in Thornton.

Patrick MacNee.In Memoriam

Mostly remembered for his John Steed in the mythical spy-fi British series The Avengers (1961-69), Patrick MacNee (1922-2015), he was also linked to the Brontës after life in TV with two of the first BBC productions which featured the Brontës or their works:

The Brontës
BBC Television, 2 November 1947 20.30

A play by Alfred Sangster
The action takes place in the parlour at Haworth Parsonage, the salon of the Pensionnat Heger, the offices of Smith, Elder and Co., Cornhill, London, and covers a period from 1841 to 1860.
In the apocryphal meeting of Charlotte and Anne with Thackeray and Lewes, the author hopes to be forgiven for juggling a little with the dates of some of the publications referred to.

Author: Alfred Sangster
Producer: Harold Clayton
The Rev Patrick Bronte: W.E. Holloway
Charlotte Brontë: Barbara Mullen
Emily Brontë: Jean Forbes-Robertson
Anne Brontë: Dorothy Gordon
Miss Branwell: Winifred Willard
Tabitha: Marie Ault
Branwell Brontë: Hugh Burden
Rev William Weightman: Patrick Macnee
Mme Heger: Nuna Davey
Monsieur Heger: Sydney Tafler
William M. Thackeray: William Wightman
George Henry Lewes: Oliver Burt
George Smith: Derek Elphinstone
W. S. Williams: Charles Lloyd Pack
Office Boy: Michael Dear
Rev Arthur Bell Nicholls: R. Stuart Lindsell
Miss Wooler: Josephine Middleton
Wuthering Heights
BBC Television, 7 March 1948 20.30

Author: Emily Brontë
Dramatisation by: John Davison
Additional dialogue by: Alfred Sangster
Adapted for television and produced by: George More O'Ferrall

Heathcliff: Kieron Moore
Catherine Earnshaw: Katharine Blake
Ellen Dean: Christine Lindsay
Edgar Linton: Patrick MacNee
Hindley Earnshaw: Andre Morell
Joseph: Alfred Sangster
Isabella Linton: Annabel Maule
Catherine Linton: Vivian Pickles
Hareton Earnshaw: Douglas Hurn
Curiously, Barbara Mullen who played Charlotte Brontë in the The Brontës 1947, played Jane Eyre in a  September 29, 1948 broadcast of a Helen Jerome adaptation of the novel.

The Silent Wild

A new exhibition opens today at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
The Silent Wild: Diane Howse
Visual Art Exhibition

June 27th 2015  - September 28th 2015

We read and write in silence. Lines on a page soundlessly evoke whole worlds of meaning, and these silent words have an extraordinary power to conjure sound, noise and commotion. This exhibition by Diane Howse uses text, performance, film and sound to explore the sonic landscapes within the Brontës’ texts.
Diane Howse is based in Yorkshire and works as both an artist and curator. She is interested in creating new possibilities for presenting work in alternative locations and has shown work in many different and sometimes unexpected locations. The project is delivered in association with a team of creatives: filmmaker Adam Baroukh, choreographer Carolyn Choa, poet Thomas A. Clark, calligrapher Gigi Leung and musician and sound artist Lemma Redda.
Exhibition free with admission to the Museum.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jane Eyre in Silicon Valley

MPR News' The Thread Book Club recommends Patricia Park's Re Jane.

Patricia Park joined MPR News' Kerri Miller to discuss her new book: "Re Jane." It's a modern retelling of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre," but with its own distinctive modern flare. Park recasts Jane as a first generation Korean-American in New York City, struggling to find her place.
"It does draw from my background," Park said. "I was born and raised in Flushing, Queens, and there's a large Korean community there. I didn't know I was American until I was 17 despite the fact that I had a blue passport. Everything was all Korean, all the time. This is the environment which Jane Re also grows up in — there's a sense of: What are you?"
You can listen to the story as well.

Cape Gazette talks to writer Nicole Julienne Hall, who has created a classic 'romantic hero' in her book Finding Sophia.
The book follows Annasophia Warren, a spirited young woman who has grown up in Lewes and experiences falling in love for the first time when she meets Robert, a Rehoboth boy whom the author wrote to be a romantic hero.
"If you look at 'Gone with the Wind' or 'Jane Eyre', those classic novels," Hall said, "There's certain characteristics that male characters embody. They tend to be wealthy, they are confident, and have a strong presence. Frequently they tease the heroine, so that’s how I wrote Robert." (Molly MacMillan)
Business World comments on the TV series Silicon Valley and apparently,
Though it is couched in dick jokes, Silicon Valley is a classic coming-of-age story, like Jane Eyre or Great Expectations. (Jessica Zafra)
Librópatas (Spain) considers Heathcliff and Cathy one of several literary couples which couldn't be but should have been.
Catherine y Heathcliff – Cumbres borrascosas
No sabía si meterlos en esta lista, porque técnicamente, estuvieron juntos para siempre, sino físicamente, sí en alma y corazón, que es lo que importa, al menos en este caso. Ahora bien, todos sabemos que si Catherine no hubiera sido tan desdeñosa con Heathcliff, si no se hubiese casado con Edgar, si hubiese reconocido su amor mutuo y correspondido, hubieran tenido una vida más larga y feliz, y nos hubiéramos ahorrado la sed de venganza y la semilla de la maldad perpetuándose Cumbres borrascosas adelante. Nos hubiesemos quedado sin una novela maravillosa, eso también. (Cristina Domínguez) (Translation)
Divinity's Mujercitas (Spain) categorises women:
•    Las que saben quien es Heathcliff y las que no.
•    Las que preferían a Heathcliff y las que no. (Nuria Labari) (Translation)
Yahoo! Finanzas (Spain) lists several families who squandered their fortunes such as the Hartfords.
Aspirante a escritor y amante de las artes, pero pésimo en los negocios, Huntington Hartford se embarcó en varios proyectos fallidos, entre ellos un garaje de estacionamientos automatizados en Manhattan, un instituto de caligrafía, una agencia de modelos y su propia y desastrosa adaptación teatral de "Jane Eyre", recordó The New York Times en su obituario en 2008. (Benjamin R. García) (Translation)
Military Technologies shares a recent speech on the future of food and farming by the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.
Only last year, we launched a campaign in New York celebrating the British countryside. Its timeless beauty is recognised around the world, celebrated by artists and writers from Constable to the Brontës, from David Hockney to Antony Gormley. For centuries, this has made it a place people want to live.
In The Guardian, readers recommend songs based on books and Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights is obviously mentioned, albeit - interestingly - just in passing. Hickey Picks – Young Adult Readers Advisory posts about April Lindner's Catherine. Liminal Scratch Pad is the blog of Kassy Skoretz, who plays Jane Eyre in an upcoming (August) production of Polly Teale's Jane Eyre in Providence, RI.