Monday, May 28, 2018

Hellish Brontës

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This is a new biographical approach to the Brontës, published in Argentina:
Infernales. La hermandad Brontë
Charlotte, Emily, Anne y Branwell
by Laura Ramos
Taurus, May 2018
ISBN: 9789877370355

En un inhóspito y alejado pueblo de Inglaterra, a mediados del siglo diecinueve, tiene lugar un suceso extraordinario: tres muchachas pobres y poco saludables se convierten en novelistas de fama mundial. Escribiendo desde la infancia, las Brontë -Charlotte, Emily, Anne-, junto con Branwell, único varón en la cofradía de hermanos, componen poemas, cuentos y obras de teatro por los que desfilan reinos y batallas, crímenes y ardides, parentescos dudosos y amores prohibidos. Con el tiempo, Charlotte llegará a ser una celebrada autora; Emily mantendrá el anonimato mientras su Cumbres Borrascosas escandaliza Gran Bretaña; Anne publicará La inquilina de Wildfell Hall, una de las primeras novelas feministas; Branwell, poeta maldito, llevará el ideal romántico hasta los límites de la autodestrucción y será increíblemente proscripto de la historia.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Yorkshire Post talks about the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and its volunteers:
In the run-up to the railway’s Golden Anniversary Gala Week (June 24 to July 1), we’re sitting in the waiting room at Keighley station, where the five-mile-long branch line starts its steady trundle up to the village of Oxenhope – via Haworth, global HQ of the Brontë industry. (...)
I have an hour and a half in Haworth – long enough to stride up the steep cobbly road from the station and run the gauntlet of gift shops up to the Brontë Parsonage Museum (a vintage bus service sometimes links Haworth and Oxenhope stations with the village).
Once again I’m taken aback by the extraordinariness of standing next to the table where Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were written, and the couch on which Emily died. In the gift shop, I resist buying a packet of Bron-tea.
The Brontës unknowingly played a part in the creation of the Worth Valley branch line in 1867. An engineer who was a fan of their novels was surprised to discover no line up to Haworth. So, supported by mill-owners who needed to transport coal to power their looms, one was duly built – only marginally delayed when a cow ate the original plans. (Stephen McClare)
Apparently, a pewter lidded tankard owned by the Brontës has been auctioned on Aalders Auctions today:
Tankard, by  William Mckenzie (1823-41), with  fleur de lyes mount and thumb piece, with circular  reed cover, above baluster body, impressed W.R  under crown, together with a reference book "Marks  on Old Pewter and Sheffield Plate", where the tankard is photographed and its provenance listed,  and Presentation Card, h 13cm  Provenance: The Bronte family of Haworth, then  Presented by The Birmingham Photographic Society to Alex Keighley, then by family descent  Note: The Brontës were a nineteenth-century  literary family associated with the village of  Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. 
More Emily Brontë anniversary activities in Thornton unveiled by Keighley News:
Now local artists, including primary school pupils, are preparing the Of Real Worlds exhibition at Thornton’s South Square Gallery – an exhibition that will be based on the life and work of Emily Brontë.
The writer was born in a house on Market Street on July 30 1818.
South Square, just a few minutes’ walk from the Brontë Birthplace, will be holding a “birthday party” for the author on Friday June 1, which will be followed by a two-month exhibition and creative workshops at the gallery.
As well as local artists, pupils from the village have been preparing pieces for the exhibition – highlighting the impact Emily Brontë continues to have on young generations.
The gallery has been working with Thornton-based artist Lucy Barker and local schools to explore Emily Brontë’s literary works, with pupils learning about the history of her family.
Pupils at Thornton Primary School have been busy creating stop motion animation pieces based on the lives of Emily and her sisters.
Working with Mrs Barker and Alice Withers from South Square, the pupils created their own miniature models of the Brontë family, and have been using technology such as iPads to create their own films to re-tell their history.
In the coming weeks Year 8 and 9 pupils at Beckfoot Thornton will be creating collages out of Emily’s poetry and writings.
Their work will be unveiled at the party, on Friday June 1, from 6pm to 10pm, which will feature live music, cocktails, art exhibitions, activities, DJs, a ‘Wuthering Heights participatory dance challenge’ and techno soundscapes.
Adrena Adrena will be backing up their artistic spherical projections with live drumming while Becky Marshall will be performing a techno soundscape inspired by Emily’s works. Dance artist Daliah Touré will be taking part in a participatory dance performance inspired by the Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights.
Following the party, the exhibition will run until July 27.
The event is just one of the Brontë 200 celebrations to mark the anniversary of Emily’s birth. (Jim Seton)
Frankly My Dear interviews Cathy Marston, choreographer of the Northern Ballet production of Jane Eyre:
Donna: Why Jane Eyre?
C.M. : As the daughter of two English teachers, Jane Eyre was one of the classics of English Literature that I was introduced to as a child. There are so many different works that I could make inspired by this novel – rich as it is with characters, motifs and themes. Necessarily restricting my focus to create this 90 minute ballet however, I decided to hone in on Jane’s story, which combines an utterly compelling romantic narrative with the journey of a young, sparky girl discovering emotional intelligence as she attempts to balance moral integrity with love, passion and compassion.
D: What is it about Jane that attracted you to her character?
C.M.: I’m often drawn to strong female leads; characters like Cathy (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights) Mrs Alving (Ibsen’s Ghosts) or Lolita (of Nabokov’s novel) are just some of those who have inspired me. Jane is considered an early feminist character. She feels like she is fighting the outside world but she is also fighting herself. As I discovered her anew through our rehearsals I was struck by how surprising she is. Her reactions are seldom obvious, and we always asked, ‘What would Jane do here?’ (Read more)
The nominations for the Spotlight on the Arts Awards of the Seacoast community have been unveiled (via Seacoast Online):
Best Actor in a Musical
Joel Crowley, Edward Fairfax Rochester, “Jane Eyre,” Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical
Tess Jonas, Jane Eyre, “Jane Eyre,” Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Best Director of a Musical
Danielle Howard, “Jane Eyre,” Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Best Musical
Jane Eyre,” Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Summer reading recommendations on The Daily Beast:
Circe by Madeline Miller
We all know her as the notorious siren who seduced Odysseus. But surely there was more to Circe than just a powerful, home-wrecking temptress that Homer portrayed her to be. Following in the tradition of Wicked and Wide Sargasso Sea, Madeline Miller reclaims the tale of the “bad woman,” giving Circe a voice to tell her own story about the life she’s lived and the choices she’s made.  (Allison McNearney)
Daily Press recommends the upcoming performances of Jane Eyre. The Musical in Williamsburg:
Charlotte Brontë's great love story comes to life at the Williamsburg Players with music to lift your heart and set your spirit soaring. This beloved tale of secrets and the lies that secrets create, of unimaginable hope and unspoken passion, reminds us what it is to fall deeply, truly and completely in love. With a book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, "Jane Eyre - A Musical Drama" explores religion, sexuality and proto-feminism, all while enchanting audiences with a timeless love story. "Jane Eyre" will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., May 31 though June 16 at the James-York Playhouse, 200 Hubbard Lane, Williamsburg. (Tony Gabriele)
Salisbury Post and favourite reads:
Wuthering Heights” seemed so romantic to me then. Now, Heathcliff comes across as a sociopath. (Deirdre Smith)
The Sunday Times reviews a restaurant in West Yorkshire:
When in search of their own place, they had no fixed idea of where they’d end up — even looking at somewhere outside Reading, a location that couldn’t be further from this Brontë wildness. (Marina O'Loughlin)
La Información (Spain) highlights the latest Brontë editions by Alba Editorial in Spain:
Una imprescindible edición de Cumbres borrascosas, la Poesía Completa de Emily Brontë o una joya de Jessica Brockmole brillan en la Feria del Libro de Madrid
n La voz de las mujeres suena alta y clara en las distintas colecciones de Alba Editorial desde su origen y de forma transversal, abarcando todos los géneros, épocas y tendencias, desde la literatura contemporánea hasta la clásica. Con un punto en común: la calidad del texto.
No es casualidad que dos de las novedades más destacadas que se presentan estos días en la Feria del Libro de Madrid tengan como protagonista a una figura indiscutible de las letras universales: Emily Brontë. Y lo hace por una doble vía: la narrativa y la poética.
Cumbres borrascosas, la gran novela publicada en 1847 y que conserva intacto su poder de fascinación de generación en generación, aparece en una edición bicentenario exquisita con la definitiva traducción de Carmen Martín Gaite. Un mito literario de hondo calado romántico que ha inspirado películas, óperas, secuelas e, incluso, canciones pop. El sobrecogedor ímpetu narrativo de la obra, enraizada en el paisaje gótico alimentado por espectros, noches tenebrosas, crueldad angustiosa y desesperación amorosa, inunda las páginas de una brutal intensidad dramática en la que la locura siempre está al acecho. El amor total que no entiende de razones ni barreras.
Como complemento, nada mejor que la Poesía Completa de la autora. Traducida por Xandru Fernández, sus entrañas literarias están cruzadas por los mismos latigazos temáticos de su novela: el amor que sobrevive a la muerte y a la esperanza, el poder inigualable de la fantasía, la lealtad que protege y la traición que corroe, las energías que solo ven la luz cuando se encuentran en soledad? La obra de una visionaria que creó un espacio mítico llamado Gondal, una isla al norte del Pacífico.
Los versos exponen costumbres, rivalidades políticas con reinos vecinos e intrigas entre la familia real de Gondal y sus nobles. En el trasfondo, los propios anhelos y opresiones de una mujer casi aislada en un rincón de la Inglaterra del XIX que coloca un acento femenino a las posibilidades descubiertas por los poetas románticos ingleses. (Tino Pertierra) (Translation)
Alicante Plaza (Spain) mentions the Brontës in an article about a female-oriented bookshop:
El 16 de octubre de 1847 la editorial Smith, Elder & Co. publicaba por primera vez Jane Eyre, obra que se convertiría casi de inmediato en un éxito entre la sociedad británica. Sin embargo, su autora, Charlotte Brontë (de las Brontë de toda la vida), no se había atrevido a firmar el texto con su auténtico nombre, sino que optó por el pseudónimo masculino Currer Bell. En esa época de enaguas, cajitas de rapé e inmensas dosis de decoro, resultaba inaudito que una señorita respetable dedicara su tiempo a escribir novelas en lugar de entregarse hacendosamente al punto de cruz. (Lucía Márquez) (Translation)
Málaga Hoy (Spain) also mentions Jane Eyre:
Una de mis pasiones más íntimas es caminar sin importar la distancia. Sentir que soy dueña de mis pasos, trazar itinerarios alternativos, buscar escenarios distintos de los habituales y conocidos. Inventar Málaga, cambiar de calle -y cambiar la calle- como decía Rafael Pérez Estrada. Encontrar el asombro en lo inesperado como si la ciudad fuera poema. Pasear y caminar a lo Jane Eyre, la contundente protagonista que da nombre a la novela de Charlotte Brönte (sic), título con el que se convirtió en precursora de la emancipación de la mujer de su época -a través del conocimiento- gracias al ejercicio de la ficción. (Cristina Consuegra) (Translation)
Charlotte's Library reviews Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. My Jane Eyre now shows a relatively recent (but really used) copy with annotations by its readers.
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A couple of alerts for today, May 27, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Birds of Prey with SMJ Falconry
Birds of prey displays and handling
May 27th 2018 10:00am - 04:00pm

Inspired by our Wings of Desire exhibition, visit the Parsonage to witness some of the birds of prey that feature in Kate Whiteford’s film, including the tiny merlin hawk similar to Emily’s Nero. Visitors will be able to witness flying displays with a variety of incredible birds, from the amazing speed of peregrine falcons, to the fantastic ability of a red kite. In between displays, visitors will be able to handle (under expert supervision) the birds and talk with SMJ Falconry’s knowledgeable team.

First flying display at 12.30pm
Second flying display at 3.00pm

Museums at Night: Hands on History
Museum open until 8pm
May 17th 2018 05:30pm - 08:00pm

We have some intriguing domestic objects in our collection, and this evening our museum assistants will be getting ‘hands on’ in our historic rooms, in order to allow you a closer look and the opportunity to find out exactly what some of the objects were used for, and how we care for them now. Join us if you’d like to discover more about the day-to-day domestic life of the Brontës.
Free with entry to the Museum. After 5.30pm, admission is free to visitors providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21 and BD20 postcode areas or Thornton. Last admission 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Diane Fare from the Brontë Parsonage Museum writes about the latest goings-on at the museum for Keighley News.
As Haworth recovers from its 1940s weekend, we’re gearing up for our Summer Festival weekend in June.
We are very excited about the return of a very important picture to the Parsonage, and the installing of a new temporary exhibition.
Between June 1 and August 31 , one of the National Portrait Gallery’s most important pictures returns to its original home.
The only known surviving portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë together was painted by their 17-year-old brother Branwell in 1834.
The painting was kept by Charlotte’s husband, Mr Nicholls, and after his death it was discovered folded up on the top of a wardrobe, hence its creased appearance!
It was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1914, and this will be its first return to the Parsonage since 1984, so this is a great opportunity to see the original back where it was created.
And another reason to visit the museum in the summer months is to see our new temporary exhibition, Wings of Desire, by Kate Whiteford, a must for lovers of birds of prey.
The exhibition explores Emily’s hawk, Nero, through film and photography, and runs until July 23.
Visitors will be able to watch a short film depicting a birds-eye view of the landscape around the Parsonage and across the moors to Top Withins, and enjoy a series of photographs.
The exhibition is free with admission to the museum.
Our Summer Festival weekend events are selling fast, but if you’re interested in hearing a talk about Haworth in the 1920s (when the Parsonage museum first opened), and being enlightened about all things gothic by a History Wardrobe presentation, then we have tickets for both events on Friday, June 8.
If you’re an early bird, you might enjoy a Saturday morning talk on 9 June by Carol Dyhouse on Women’s Fantasies and Heathcliff
On the Saturday night, we have the Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan playing quizmaster at the ultimate Brontë mastermind quiz.
Participation is not compulsory – come along and have fun watching others struggling to answer questions on all things Brontë!
We have something a little unique on Saturday June 23 – a walk with swing!
If you fancy a short walk up to Penistone Hill, which involves an element of spoken word and performance, then join poet and children’s writer John Agard, poet Sarala Estruch and actor and writer Joe Williams (founder of Leeds Black History Walk).
They will lead a walk of Brontë pathways and moorlands.
The walk will last approximately one hour and once it is finished, will be followed by chat, commentary and performances in the aptly-named Branwell Suite, Old White Lion, Haworth.
If any local community groups are interested in taking part, please get in touch – you’d be more than welcome to join us on this fascinating walk!
Details of all the above events and ticket prices are available on our website.
Visit or call 01535 640192 to find out more about all the upcoming events at the Parsonage Museum in Haworth. (Jim Seton)
The Telegraph and Argus also looks at what's to come.
The Brontë Society has hinted at events to come during the second half of Emily Brontë’s bicentennial year.
Experts will explore links between the Wuthering Heights author and Japan, whilst celebrities getting involved in the celebrations include Kate Bush and Jeanette Winterson.
Staff at the Brontë Parsonage Museum are currently putting together a packed programme to follow the successful first six months of Emily’s 200th anniversary year.
Some of the planned events have already been revealed in detail, including a high-profile weekend to celebrate Emily’s actual 200th birthday.
But the society’s latest press release also briefly mentioned other events for the last part of the year, including workshops from Keighley-based Whitestone Arts to explore the links between Emily Brontë and Japan.
Singer-songwriter Kate Bush, who leapt to fame in the 1970s with hit single Wuthering Heights, will write a piece of poetry or prose to be engraved onto a ‘Brontë stone’.
There will be one stone for each sibling, the others contributed by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish maker Jackie Kay and novelist Jeanette Winterson.
The stones will be placed at different points in the Haworth and Thornton area that have a significant connection to the Brontës and can be explored via either a three-mile, four-mile or 14-mile walk, linking each stone. (Jim Seton)
Keighley News features the Emily Brontë rose at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
A new rose named after Emily Brontë has proved an immediate hit at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Emily Brontë rose, created by renowned grower David Austin to celebrate the writer’s bicentenary, became a bestseller with the public.
The shrub rose was showcased in the Gold Medal-winning 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the internationally-renowned flower show.
Rebecca Yorke, from the Brontë Parsonage Museum, was among visitors to the garden, carrying a copy of Emily’s classic novel Wuthering Heights.
Emily Brontë, also known as Ausearnshaw, is described as an exceptionally beautiful rose with distinctive, strongly fragrant blooms of a soft blush colour with central petals deepening to apricot.
It has a strong tea fragrance, which is complemented by hints of old rose, lemon and grapefruit.
Brontë Society executive director Kitty Wright said: “Over many years of piecing together Emily’s short but plenteous life, we know that she was completely at one with nature and the outdoors, so this is a really fitting tribute and celebration.
“David Austin Roses has created a beautiful bloom with charming colours and delicate details and its free-flowering nature makes it a perfect match for Emily.”
David Austin Jnr, managing director of David Austin Roses and eldest son of founder David Austin, said the company introduced only a few new roses each year.
He said: “This follows a nine-year breeding programme and therefore naming a rose is exceptionally important and personal to my father and I.
Visit to buy the rose. (Jim Seton)
The Times asks author Maggie O'Farrell about her cultural life.
I’m having a fantasy dinner party, I’ll invite these artists and authors . . . Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rebecca Horn, Frida Kahlo, Albert Camus, Wes Anderson, Trygve Wakenshaw, Jane Campion, Charlotte Brontë, James Joyce, Tove Jansson, Judith Kerr, Isabella Lucy Bird and Yotam Ottolenghi, who could double as the chef.
SyfyWire celebrates a literary anniversary:
May 26, 1897, saw the publication of Dracula, a gothic horror novel written by Irish author Bram Stoker. The book was not a commercial hit upon release, although critics of the time compared it with mighty praise to writers like Mary Shelley and Emily Brontë. (Kayleigh Donaldson)
The Christian Post shares an excerpt from Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark.
I would always rather be happy than dignified. —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is perhaps one of the finest female characters in all of literature. But if you're familiar with her tale, you will remember Jane as being quite dignified. She is an orphan, but she unabashedly shares her thoughts with those in authority. She is cast off by her aunt and treated cruelly during her orphan days, yet she is neither diffident nor feeble.
Twice she refuses to enter into marriage—in the first instance, she loves and is deeply loved by another. . . .With the second proposal of marriage, she resists the despotic pressure to marry another out of duty rather than for love.
Dignified. Passionate. Mournful. Expressive. High-spirited. Serious. Noble. Each of these adjectives describes Jane. Happy, on the other hand, is not the defining word that springs to mind for the character whose story is indelibly marked with sorrow. And yet curiously inserted into this tale is the brief phrase, "I would always rather be happy than dignified." Dear Jane, what are you trying to tell me?
Madrid's Book Fair opened yesterday and El País (Spain) reminds readers that this is the year of Emily Brontë's bicentenary.
Y ya que estamos de lleno en la feria, permítanme un recordatorio y un par de primerísimas recomendaciones para abrir boca. El recordatorio es el del bicentenario de Emily Brontë, de la que Alba acaba de reeditar su única novela, Cumbres borrascosas (1847), en la estupenda traducción de Carmen Martín Gaite. La novela, a la vez un hito universal de la narrativa romántica y una obra maestra del gótico tardío, es de esos clásicos que nunca acaban de dar todo lo que contienen. La historia de Heathcliff, los Earnshaw y los Linton en los ventosos páramos norteños admite a cada lectura nuevas interpretaciones, desde la estrictamente feminista (Brontë se habría apropiado de lo gótico para representar las ansiedades de la mujer ante el frustrante y amenazante espacio doméstico) a la lacaniana (la relación de identificación de Heathcliff y Catherine remite al “estadio del espejo”). (Manuel Rodríguez Rivero) (Translation)
The Stanford Daily discusses literature and race.
Classical literature praises this peach-shade figment: Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Anna Karenina. These adventurous yet respectful white women — I eventually branched out to white men — became my muse. (Natachi Onwuamaegbu)
IGN reviews the new miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock.
If Peter Weir’s version of Picnic at Hanging Rock is Twin Peaks - and given its emphasis on inexplicable horror, the obsessive aftermath of tragedy, dreamlike logic and montages of total despair, it was almost certainly an influence - then the miniseries is more akin to a Brontë novel, as filmed by Dario Argento. (William Bibbiani)
That sounds something we would like to see. A Brontë giallo.

ArtsAtl reviews the film Beast.
That community is on the English Channel isle of Jersey (gorgeously shot by Benjamin Kracun, giving the movie a Wuthering Heights wildness). (Steve Murray)
In an article about Peter Kay’s Car Share, iNews wonders,
would Shakespeare have changed the ending of Romeo & Juliet if he’d been alive now, or Emily Brontë the plot of Wuthering Heights? (Gerard Gilbert)
El Periódico (Spain) reviews El Bosque Sabe tu Nombre by Alaitz Leceaga:
 “La casa es un personaje más”, admite, omnipresente también en sus otros referentes: “Ya de niña leía todo lo que caía en mis manos y recuerdo el páramo, el viento, la casa aislada y los personajes ambiguos, que no sabes si son buenos o malos, de ‘Cumbres borrascosas’. Todo eso lo trasladé sin darme cuenta a la novela”. (Anna Abella) (Translation)
The Huffington Post (Italy) reviews the film God's Own Country:
C'è stato davvero un tempo in cui i nudi frontali maschili erano al bando? Qui è struggente il primo amplesso furioso nel fango, e l'imbarazzo, lo stupore dell'innamoramento, la scoperta della dolcezza, gli sguardi, l'ostilità da affrontare, che non è solo quella della natura... "Cime tempestose" non è poi così lontano. Come tutti i film riusciti, "La Terra di Dio" non è una love story gay, è una storia d'amore e basta. (Teresa Marchesi) (Translation)
Jyoti Arora posts about Wuthering Heights.
Several Italian newspapers report the death of the actress Anna Maria Ferrero (1934-2018).

She worked with some of the big names of Italian cinema (Michelangelo Antonioni,  Eduardo De Filippo, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio de Sica, Mauro Bolognini, Raffaello Matarazzo, Dino Risi, Luigi Comencini...) and some Hollywood names (like King Vidor in War and Peace). For many of us, she always will be Gesuina in Carlo Lizzani's 1954 Cronache di poveri amanti... and in the Brontë story she also has a place: she was Catherine Earnshaw and Catherine Linton in a 1956 Italian adaptation of the story:
Cime Tempestose (1956)
Regia Mario Landi
Soggetto dal romanzo omonimo di Emily Brontë
Sceneggiatura Mario Landi, Leopoldo Trieste (adattamento televisivo di Enrico Piceni)
Massimo Girotti: Heathcliff
Annamaria Ferrero: Catherina; Cathe
Alberto Bonucci: Hindley
Giancarlo Sbragia: Edgar Linton
Irene Galter: Isabella Linton
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A Brontë alert in Bussum, Netherlands
An Introduction to Reading Wuthering Heights 

26th of May 2018 at 2 pm (14.00 h, venue opens at 13.45 h).
Dr. B.P. (Ben) Moore, Assistant Professor in English Literature at the University of Amsterdam.
Community centre ‘Spieghelwijck’, Iepenlaan 354a, 1406 RG Bussum.
Ticket price: 10 euros per person, including tea/coffee.
Spoken language: Easy English.

This talk opens by discussing the context for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847), before moving to consider how we might begin to interpret this complex and contradictory novel. One of the first reviewers wrote ‘Wuthering Heights is a strange sort of book – baffling all regular criticism’, a feeling which has been shared by many readers since. I discuss the importance of the narrative form and style of the novel and ask how we should think about it in relation to genre, since the novel has aspects of realism, Gothic fiction, Christian allegory, and myth, but does not seem to fit simply into any single category. I also address the importance of secrets and mysteries in the novel, many of which remain unresolved. While the talk does not seek to provide an ‘answer’ to the problems of the novel, it does at least hope to raise some interesting questions for readers to consider!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Ilkley Gazette looks at old news stories, including this one from 100 years ago:
100 Years Ago - 1918
Recently Mrs Mary Ann Slade, of Hastings, celebrated her 95th birthday. She is in wonderful health and spirits and retains all her faculties. Her memory is extraordinary. Mrs. Slade was born in Leeds in1823, and at the age of ten was sent to a boarding school at Westfield House, Rawdon. Whilst there she made the acquaintance of Charlotte Brontë, who was governess to the children of Mr. White, Acacia Lodge, Rawdon. Mrs Slade was for many years a frequent visitor to Ilkley; being still remembered by some of the older residents. (Jim Seton)
The New York Times' By the Book interviews writer Lauren Groff.
Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain? To some readers, Mr. Rochester is a romantic hero, but in truth he’s a sociopath who keeps his grieving wife locked in the attic and tries to gaslight poor, plain, abused Jane Eyre then marry her bigamously. Charlotte Brontë was sly and brilliant and I feel sure she knew he was a villain. The great Jean Rhys made his villainy wickedly explicit in “Wide Sargasso Sea.”
On Women's Web (India), the author of the month is Shakhi.
What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing? I love reading, period.
If I find nothing else I will end up reading paper bags.
I love the old English classics. I love Charles Dickens. Paulo Coelho, Jeffrey Archer, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë are all my favorite. I love reading poetry Keats, Byron, Shakespeare.
I love Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple. I enjoy psychological thrillers. The list of my favorite novels will feature War and Peace, Wuthering Heights, The Devotion of Suspect X, Little Women, The Heart of Darkness, The Little Prince, and so on.
I love reading, period.
The Guardian talks to writer Sophie Mackintosh, whose
grandfather gave her books such as Jane Eyre to read when she was still very young, and Stephen King novels, which she admits were hardly age appropriate. (Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett)
The Sydney Morning Herald reviews Gerald Murnane's Collected Short Stories.
There are other times, especially some of the pieces from Emerald Blue, when the narrative risks too successfully containing these feelings; when roads too circuitous risk leaving their image-towns marooned. This instance of recoiling from the narrative's force is captured powerfully by a scene Murnane refers to from Wuthering Heights, when the ghost of Catherine spills through the window of the narrator, who reacts by dragging her wrist back-and-forth across the broken panes of glass.
The question of what fiction can express points to something Murnane dwells on with a unique intensity. Possibly the great theme of his work is the paradoxical relationship – one as profoundly of separation as of intimacy – between the writer and the reader. In various ways, he asks: what can make the crossing between a serious narrator, and a trusted and discerning reader, and what, finally, and despite everything, cannot?
This provides the impetus for some of his most unforgettable pieces, such as Stone Quarry, which conceives of a community of writers who must communicate through fiction alone, and The Interior of Gaaldine, which signalled his first retirement from fiction with the words: "The text ends at this point." (Louis Klee)
The Scotsman reviews Under The Rock: The Poetry Of A Place by Benjamin Myers.
Hughes looms as large as Scout Rock itself. Although Myers evokes him with all the Heathcliff-style machismo and brooding – and I think Myers relies too much on the problematic biography by Jonathan Bate – what he does evoke is a more vulnerable and innocent Hughes. (Stuart Kelly)
Página 12 (Argentina) reviews the film Lady Macbeth and is reminded of Wuthering Heights.
 Pero si los interiores son daneses, cuando Katherine atraviesa el umbral de esa jaula vidriada que es la casa parece ingresar directamente en los páramos de Cumbres borrascosas, ambientada en Yorkshire. Hay otra cosa que Lady Macbeth tiene en común con esta novela de Emily Brontë, a la que se consideró infernal: si en Cumbres borrascosas se despliega una historia familiar en el tiempo para mostrar, sobre todo en Heathcliff, bajo qué circunstancias se puede producir un tirano, Lady Macbeth comprime en 90 minutos un proceso parecido y deja abiertos algunos interrogantes, de los cuales el más actual quizás sea si es posible que una mujer lleve adelante una toma del poder sin convertirse en algo muy distinto a la idea de mujer que ese mismo orden le impuso. (Marina Yuszczuk) (Translation)
My Jane Eyre Collection posts about the facsimile edition of Jane Eyre. On the Brussels Brontë Blog, Eric Ruijssenaars looks into the death of Julia Wheelwright in Brussels. Finally an alert in Shelton,CT:
Plumb Memorial Library
Repeat Reads – On Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m., Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth. Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour. This month’s selection is The Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys. (Shelton Herald)
And today, March 25, marks also the premiere of a new exhibition at the Parsonage:
Brontë 200: Kate Whiteford
Wings of Desire
May 25th 2018 10:00am - July 23rd 2018 05:30pm

Wings of Desire is a new commission by artist Kate Whiteford, exploring Emily’s hawk, Nero, through film. Using aerial photography and film to create a birds-eye view of the landscape around the Parsonage and across the moors to Top Withens, Whiteford will meditate upon the iconography of the bird of prey, its metaphorical properties and associations with fight and flight, escape and predation. The exhibition will also include a series of new works on paper.
Kate Whiteford is a renowned Scottish artist based in London. Her work crosses from art to archaeology, from fact to fiction, transforming sites worldwide from remote Hebridean island, to the hills above Nairobi, to inner city Coventry. These monumental works have come to define a body of work that includes painting, drawings, tapestry and film. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery and she has represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.

An alert for tody, May 25, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Brontë 200
Parsonage Unwrapped: 'For the Moors' - The Brontës and Landscape
May 25th 2018 07:30pm - 09:00pm

It is hard to think of any writer or writers more closely linked with nature and landscape than the Brontës, and evocations of the moors they loved can be found in all of their art and literature. This special evening event will explore heaths and hills both real and imaginary, and will have a special focus on Emily Brontë, ‘the mystic of the moors’, in her bicentenary year.
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LipService is still touring Withering Looks around the UK:
Nailsworth Festival
Withering Looks
25th May
From 7.30 pm
At Town Hall GL6 0JF

Harrogate Theatre
Withering Looks
13th July

Coliseum, Oldham
Withering Looks
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 October

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Leeds List recommends a trip to Haworth as one of '10 Undeniably Awesome Summer Days Out'.
A historic village that mixes nature and culture
Haworth is the perfect place for a day of summer exploration, a wonderful mix of culture and nature. Just under an hour away from Leeds, you can start the day with a unique trip – an 18-minute steam train journey from Keighley.
Once there, your first port of call will be the old Haworth Parsonage, where the Brontë family once lived. It’s been turned into a museum and is now an absolute treasure trove for bookworms. Across the road, you can have a breather in The Old White Lion, where they serve real ale and classic pub grub, before going on a bit of an adventure. The Parsonage is a great starting point for walks along the Brontë Way – it’s 43 miles long in full, so you can’t do it all in one day, but you can see local landmarks like Brontë Falls, Brontë Bridge and the Brontë Stone Chair. (Joseph Sheerin)
The Washington Post also longs for the summer and asks several authors what they are planning to read.
Meg Wolitzer, author, most recently, of  “The Female Persuasion.”
This summer I hope to read a blend of old and new, as I usually do, including Lauren Groff’s short-story collection “Florida,” Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness” (which I haven’t read since college but have been thinking about again since Le Guin’s recent death), and two debut novels: “There There,” by Tommy Orange, about urban Native Americans, and “Laura & Emma,” by Kate Greathead, which apparently has a “Mrs. Bridge”-like quality, so count me in. Also, I would like to make time this summer for Charlotte Brontë’s “Villette,” a book I love. (Nora Krug)
Noisey features Kate Bush's song Cloudbusting, 'a universal anthem for the summer months'.
In fact, “Cloudbusting” is just one of many examples of Bush’s gift for taking a narrative (think, even, of her most famous song “Wuthering Heights”) and reinventing it for her own purposes, to make more all-encompassing points.
HeadStuff has interviewed poet Zaffar Kunial:
1) Thanks Zaffar for agreeing to this interview, to begin with who were/are your biggest poetic influences in writing ‘Us’? Oh that’s hard to answer briefly – so many quite different poetic influences, and not all from poets. I was thinking recently how many novels and novelists I’d quoted or mentioned in ‘Us’ — Austen, Ishiguro, Rushdie, Emily Brontë, Dickens, Mary Shelley, and Hanif Kureishi whose ‘Buddha of Suburbia’ was the first novel I’d ever read, when I was nineteen. Perhaps the references to fiction and stories reflects how I came into thinking about ever writing a book – and how novelists were the first writers I looked up to, even though it felt more possible for me to aspire to write a poem than to feel at home in prose. (Sam Murphy)
Coastal Journal features a newly-opened restaurant in Bath, Maine, called No Coward Soul.
[Owner Johnny] Lomba also imbued the very bones of the restaurant with his love of poetry. You’ll find Emily Dickinson’s “Tell All the Truth But Tell it Slant” inlaid into the bar itself, and the restaurant’s name is from the poem, “No Coward Soul,” by Emily Bronte.
One intuits that Lomba’s love of that poem—“a steadfast statement, about someone who is not afraid of anything, not death or dying”—has been something of a personal compass.
“The Skinny experience gave me a different perspective, a way to think about arts in the community and how it’s presented, what people can tolerate, and what people are really interested in,” Lomba said. (Lorry Fleming)
The Ringer writes a post about Philip Roth, who died on May 22nd.
He is not primarily known as a writer of American gothic, but Ghost Writer is a trippy foray into the private life of writers. A very merry Nathan Zuckerman is haunted by something throughout the book, but Roth subverts the gothic genre by refusing to introduce gloom or trepidation. Instead, Nathan prowls the private life of E.I. Lonoff with glee and curiosity. It’s an unexpected combination that would have stunned Emily Brontë and been unrecognizable to Mary Shelley, and that is why Philip Roth is a master.
The Fine Times Recorder posts about Polly Teale's Jane Eyre at Studio Theatre Salis­bury. My Jane Eyre Library features a 1923 limited edition of the novel with lithographs by Ethel Gabain.

Finally. staff from the Brontë Parsonage Museum went to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 to see the Emily Brontë roses.
A couple of alerts for today May 24 and tomorrow May 25:
Oh Heroine How I Love You!
Swiss Cottage Library
Fri, 25th May 2018 @ 19:00 - 20:30
88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA, UK

Join Cathy Earnshaw in her world from Emily Brontë’s classic tale Wuthering Heights, and be taken by her on a journey that goes beyond the confines of her book. Whether from the many film adaptations, or Kate Bush’s singular song, Cathy and Heathcliff are infamous characters. But do we ever consider the effect they have on those who learn their story?

Be transported into the book and onto the Moors, to voyage with Cathy in this interactive one-woman show. A ghostly character, Cathy’s grasp of her reality is fraught, and as she catapults between worlds the audience is taken along for the ride. You feel as if you are reading a book that has come to life around you and in being immersed in her world are called upon to assist this character who is lost in her own adaptations. In learning who Cathy is, we learn who Emily Brontë is, and unlock this enigmatic author with questions about feminist agency and the ownership one has to tell their own story.
And in El Paso, TX:
Jane Eyre
Adapted by Christine Calvit
May 24, 25
Parkland High School El Paso, TX United States

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BBC has announced the '100 stories that shaped the world'.
BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society. [...]
It’s not a definitive list. This is just a starting point, aiming to spark a conversation about why some stories endure; how they continue to resonate centuries and millennia after they were created. And why sharing those stories is a fundamental human impulse: one that can overcome division, inspire change, and even spark revolutions.
Top 100
The list was determined via ranked ballots and first placed into descending order by number of critic votes, then into descending order by total critic points, then alphabetically (for 73 to 100, the titles listed are tied). [...]
19. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë, 1847) [...]
28. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys, 1966) [...]
38. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë, 1847)
We are disappointed not to see Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, as it's definitely a 'world-shaping' story.

The Pan MacMillan Blog features writer Lena Andersson.
Lena Andersson on . . .  her literary inspiration
Plato is a very big inspiration for my thinking. For my style I have been inspired by such writers as Georges Simenon, Graham Greene, Albert Camus and a few Swedish 20th century authors. Concerning the love theme I have been inspired by Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) and some others.
India New England interviews artist and poet Poppy Charnalia.
INE: What are your favorite books
PC: Poetry – ‘Saaye Mein Dhoop’  by  Dushyant Kumar
The Solitary Reaper- Poem by William Wordsworth.
Biography – ‘Lust for Life’ by Irving Stone  (about Vincent Van Gogh)
Autobiography- ‘Satya Ke Prayog’ (My Experiments with Truth) by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Fiction – ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë
The Argus features an event which took place within the Charleston Festival.
The discussion of feminism past and present was a lively, informed and inspiring one, skilfully chaired by journalist Arifa Akbar, and built on an earlier talk by Lyndall Gordon whose group biography Outsiders links five iconic female novelists – Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and, appropriately given the setting, Virginia Woolf.
Chaired with warmth and consummate professionalism by veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell, this was fascinating on how all these authors were motherless during crucial periods of their writing development.
They underwent haphazard education and were supported by enlightened men who were crucial to their progress and exposure.
Their necessarily unconventional lives were examined and their incredible courage applauded in a very enjoyable morning session.
It felt not only a treat to be immersed in the lives of all these pioneers of the past at the two talks but important too to be reminded of their bravery as the fight for women’s rights very much still goes on in the troubled era of the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns.
The Bloomsbury group made it their mission to search for truth and provoke debate and the Charleston Festival succeeds so well in keeping that questioning spirit alive. (Susan Gilson)
Film School Rejects picks up the story of the TV series based on The New York Times' 'overlooked' obituaries and adds:
The featured women and cast that will bring Overlooked to life haven’t been announced yet, but we have some suggestions. Carey Mulligan and Priyanka Chopra would be excellent as Sylvia Plath and Madhubala, respectively. Regina Hall (who actually has a master’s degree in journalism from NYU) would also be a great choice to play Ida B. Wells for both her background and her looks. And, while we’re at it, why not recommend Carrie Coon as Charlotte Brontë, Emily Warren Roebling, or any other woman on the Overlooked list (TV just really needs more Carrie Coon). (Sophia Stewart)
Apparently yesterday was World Goth Day and so Metro discussed who the first Goth had been.
The first ever usage of the term ‘gothic’ came in 1764, when Horace Walpole was describing his novel, The Castle of Otranto. [...]
His creepy story then inspired a huge wave of Gothic literature, that included works like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. (Olivia Waring)
Newsweek has an article on the historical research behind the TV show The Terror.
“We spent a lot of time perfecting the language of the show,” Kajganich told Newsweek. Research into how people talked in the 1840s began with period literature: William Thackeray, Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers, the Brontë sisters and Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. They were especially interested in literature written a decade or two after [Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to the Northwest Passage], but set before, offering insight into how the authors understood the idioms and social mores of earlier times, and what society had distilled from that decade. (Andrew Whalen)
My Jane Eyre Library features a scribbled 1999 copy of Jane Eyre with an unusual cover.
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A new production of Polly Teale's Brontë opens today in Wellington, New Zealand:
BrontëWritten by Polly Teale
Directed by Jayne Grace
Production Manager: Shannon Tubman
23 May - 1 June 2018

Charlotte Brontë: Molly Sullivan
Emily Brontë: Hannah McKenzie
Anne Brontë: Nell Windsor
Branwell Brontë: Isham Redford
Patrick Brontë: Lee Dowsett
Bertha (from Jane Eyre): Charlotte Thomas
Cathy (from Wuthering Heights): Ange Bickford

Stagecraft's second production of 2018 will be the New Zealand premiere of Polly Teale’s masterpiece, Brontë.
The play is about the three Brontë sisters, who lived single and isolated lives on the Yorkshire moors, yet wrote some of the most powerful fiction ever penned. This play digs into the Brontë family dynamic and explores how the seemingly mundane, isolated and oppressed outward lives of these spinsters was a poor façade for the passionate and brilliant women underneath.

Set predominantly in 1845 (it jumps around a bit), Charlotte Brontë is just about to write Jane Eyre and Emily is writing Wuthering Heights. During this time, women couldn’t publish under their own gender or even enter a library – they had a very limited part in public life. This play combines the real and the imaginary, as the Brontë’s fictional characters haunt their creators.

This production will be a beautiful voyage into the lives of English literature’s early feminists.
Scoop has further information on the production.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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According to Deadline, there will be a TV series based on The New York Times' 'overlooked' obituaries published early this year. What we don't know is whether Charlotte Brontë will be part of this project too.
The series will consist of 10 episodes per season, each one telling the story of a different woman who left an indelible mark. Each episode will be written and directed by women.
Per the producers, since 1851, The New York Times has published tens of thousands of obituaries — from heads of state to opera singers, from inventors to athletes — the vast majority of which have chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones. The deaths of many incredible women and people of color were not covered by The Times. That includes Charlotte Brontë, who wrote Jane Eyre; Emily Warren Roebling, who oversaw construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband fell ill; Madhubala, who transfixed Bollywood; and Ida B. Wells, who campaigned against lynching.
Overlooked is an editorial project from The Times’ obituaries desk to tell those stories and recognize women who were visionaries, virtuosos and trailblazers in art, politics, business and more. It has become a regular feature in NYT’s obituaries section, with new profiles added each week.
The anthology TV series falls under Paramount TV and Anonymous Content’s expanded first-look deal. (Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski)
Mubi interviews film director Luise Donschen about her debut film Casanova Gene.
NOTEBOOK: This does seem to generate a kind of internal system. But interestingly enough, when it comes time to end the film, you very clearly gesture outward, to another film. The final scene, with the dance in the club to Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights," appears to be a fairly clear reference to Claire Denis's Beau travail, and its final scene in which Denis Levant dances to "Rhythm of the Night." What prompted you to reference Denis in this way?
DONSCHEN: Well, there are other dances in the film, like the opening scene with the person dressed as a flamingo in Venice, or the finches displaying in their cage. But Beau travail is one of the most seductive films I know and it encouraged me to follow my own pleasure in watching people’s movements and framing places. (Michael Sicinski)
Poor Anne is likened to a directive by Tech UK.
By now GDPR and the NIS Directive are as familiar to us all as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. But there is a third strand to data protection being introduced this month, which, like the works of Anne Brontë, is much less talked about but still significant: The Law Enforcement Directive. 
A columnist from Santa Maria Times recommends her 12 favourite books.
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë’s "Jane Eyre" was initially published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell to disguise the fact that the writer was a woman. Fortunately, a lot has changed with regard to women in literature since 1847, and Brontë now receives the credit she deserves for one of the most groundbreaking novels about women in history. The novel’s eponymous character rises from being orphaned and poor into a successful and independent woman. (Judith Dale)
El País (Spain) thankfully classifies the works of Jane Austen and the Brontës as not chicklit.
Algo que también apunta la experta en literatura de género Sánchez-Palencia, “casi todas las novelas de Jane Austen han sido interpretadas como “novelitas románticas”, cuando en realidad suponen una crítica a la situación de la mujer en las economías patriarcales de los siglos XVIII y XIX. Lo mismo puede decirse de los libros de las hermanas Brontë, como La inquilina de Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) o Cumbres Borrascosas (Emily Brontë)”. (Rita Abundancia) (Translation)
On The Stage, actress Madeleine Worrall tells about Sally Cookson's management of royalties.
Speaking at the conference, actor Madeleine Worrall said: “There is now more performer-created or inspired material in theatre and on screen. The line between creative team and performer seems, in many cases, to get more blurred.
“My introduction to this was in my work with director Sally Cookson, devising and performing Jane Eyre and Peter Pan.
“Sally offers her performers, and in most cases her stage managers, a royalties deal because she is honest enough to recognise that her companies help create both actual content in terms of text, but also their creative input through improvisation, devising and discussion contributes in real terms to the productions she makes.”
Worrall said each cast member made upwards of £3,000 in royalties, which made her question why this arrangement does not happen more often in theatre. (Giverny Masso)
The Yorkshire Post recommends Yorkshire as 'the best place to enjoy retirement' - its history and culture - including the Brontë Parsonage Museum - are among the many reasons. My Jane Eyre Library features an edition of Jane Eyre which travelled to Menorca in the 1980s. Brontë Babe Blog shows the Brontë side of Haworth's 1940s weekend.
On PBS tonight, May 22, The Great American Read:
The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.
The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.
Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are on the list.

Tallahassee Democrat informs of local readings of the selected novels in The Midtown Reader, 1123 Thomasville Road:
Faith Harkey, Author, Sneak Thief – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – 4 p.m
Meg Baldwin, Executive Director, Refuge House – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – 5 p.m.

Monday, May 21, 2018

In The Times Literary Supplement, Kathryn Hughes reviews Helen MacEwan's Through Belgian Eyes.
Charlotte Brontë famously loathed Brussels and the Bruxellois. Her letters home during the two years she studied and worked at a girls’ boarding school in the early 1840s comprise a long charge sheet of crimes against her hosts. The girls to whom she teaches English are cow-like in their stupidity and peasant-like in their bearing. Their unthinking adherence to Roman Catholicism makes them sly and hypocritical, if not downright dishonest. The adults, especially the women, aren’t much better.
None of these private feelings would have come to light, of course, had not Brontë transferred many of them into her first and last novels, The Professor and Villette, respectively. (Read more)
The Guardian features film director Jane Campion.
Campion’s taste for wild passion in the wilderness was partly inculcated by the Brontës when she was growing up in Wellington, New Zealand, the daughter of theatrical parents. “I always loved Emily Brontë’s imagination. I feel like she saved my life, in the sense of giving me powerful female stories. To have that model for how a woman and an artist could be was very involving to me.”
Speaking of Wuthering Heights, Campion noted Catherine’s strength. “She was not pliant. She was firm of mind and conviction.” For the director, Heathcliff “was a dark metaphor for sexual drive, and Emily had a sexual drive, obviously, and she rode it like a horse.” Campion roars with laughter. “My psyche understood that at a time when it wasn’t being much explored in literature and film.” (Kate Muir)
A letter from a reader to The Sydney Morning Herald:
An autocratic father and a wild location formed two great writers [...]. Emily Brontë’s legacy has survived sibling rivalry, and both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are classics. Lovers of their works can fall into the same rivalry or appreciate both. - Pam Connor, Mollymook Beach
Sadly, there was a third sibling, Anne, who does seem to be getting the short end of the stick.

The Reading Cafe has a guest post on the creation of memorable characters by writer Madelyn Hill.
Creating memorable characters is the goal of all writers and we all have our favorites from books we treasure. Mine? I love Kit from The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Jane from Jane Eyre, Ave Marie from Big Stone Gap Series. And of course Harry from Harry Potter, in fact most of the characters from Harry Potter! Well-drawn characters stand the test of time, so the task is arduous.
Brooklyn Paper features Jordan Ellis, who has launched a quarterly magazine called The Sartorial Geek.
Ellis’s quarterly magazine, also called “The Sartorial Geek,” is another way to reach out to the under-served nerdy girl community. The first issue, which launched in March — $5 in print, $1.99 online, free for Jordandené’s email subscribers — features a profile on Brooklyn designer Allison Cimino, who created a line of “Black Panther”–themed jewelry, and a review of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” Ellis said the contributors are focused on telling stories that may be otherwise ignored. (Julianne McShane)
British Theatre Guide reviews Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre:
For once I am struck dumb (a rare occasion—and this is a rare, ravishing occasion) with admiration. The pleasure of that cannot be underestimated. I want to hug that feeling to myself and not tell you about it, but I fear I must. Of course, you all know Charlotte Brontë’s first novel. Enough film, stage, radio and small screen adaptations have been made of it. But have you read it? How long ago? (Vera Liber)
Ciné Chronicle (France) reviews John Williams's recent concert in Chicago.
Quel cadeau de nous le proposer en concert ! Jane Eyre est une vraie surprise. Bien que le score complet soit disponible en CD (La-La Land Records, LLLCD 1214), il est relativement méconnu. D’une couleur très européenne, la suite est composée de trois segments, dont le superbe To Thornfield (on dirait Tess sous amphétamine) ou Reunion (qui renvoie davantage au style de Delerue pour Truffaut). Le film, qui a été tournée pour la télévision américaine, a été distribuée en salles en Europe. (Jérôme Nicod) (Translation)
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Opening today, May 21, in Salisbury, UK:
Jane Eyre
Adapted by Polly Teale.
Directed by Tamsin Jacson
Original music composed by Rupert Egerton-Smith
Salisbury Studio Theatre
Performance dates 21st -26th May

Polly Teale’s adaptation of the classic tale of a beleaguered governess is anything but staid and boring. Created in 1997 for Shared Experience Theatre, the show uses rich text and language combined with movement and music to convey the passionate inner selves that are concealed behind the public personas of the roles. The principle premise of this text is that inside sensible, moral Jane exists a passionate, sensual and rebellious woman, fighting to be free of the constraints of Victorian society. The ‘madwoman in the attic’ Bertha, represents this side of Jane’s character. Just as when you read a novel you can get inside the skin and thoughts of the characters, so in this adaptation, the audience can see the invisible world of emotion and imagination which results in a very visual and engaging performance (or so we hope!……)
Further information in Salisbury Journal.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

South China Morning Post discusses why China loves Jane Eyre:
Why China loves Jane Eyre, whether as a feminist manifesto, a history of colonialism or just a simple children’s bedtime story
Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel Jane Eyre was first published in Chinese as an abridged version in 1925. But it was the secret dubbing of the 1970 film during the Cultural Revolution where its story in China really started.
ane Eyre is huge in China – some say the novel is even more popular there than in its home country of England.
The novel, written by Charlotte Brontë in 1847, has been translated into Chinese multiple times and released in bilingual, illustrated, abridged and simplified editions, as pocket books and e-books, and as children’s bedtime stories.
The book is taught in Chinese schools and has been adapted into a long-running stage play and a Chinese opera. There is even manga inspired by governesses from the book, such as the novel’s eponymous main character, that are popular on the mainland and especially in Hong Kong.
Last month, Brontë’s original hand-written manuscript went on show in Shanghai. The exhibition – which also included other treasures of English literature such as personal letters by T.S. Eliot and D.H. Lawrence, a draft of Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and another of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet to Lord Byron – drew 20,000 visitors in a month. The show was part of a three-year programme by the British Library to foster dialogue and connections between China and the UK.
“We would like to enrich and expand our collaboration with China,” says Jamie Andrews, head of culture and learning at the British Library. “Our British collection is known and enjoyed there, and museums and libraries are opening up. There’s a huge demand for exhibitions and partnerships.”
Andrews says their team thought very carefully about which artefacts to put on show at the Shanghai Library.
“The Jane Eyre manuscript is often among the five most popular artefacts for British visitors, but we were also aware that Jane Eyre has a strong pull for Chinese audiences,” he says.
So what makes Jane Eyre so appealing in China?
Shouhua Qi, English professor at Western Connecticut State University and co-editor of the book The Brontë Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds, says the story really begins with the television film of the novel directed by Delbert Mann. Starring Susannah York and George C. Scott, it was released in the UK in 1970.
“The film was dubbed secretly into Chinese in 1975 during the Cultural Revolution by the storied Shanghai Film Dubbing Studio and was finally screened publicly in 1979,” Qi says. “At this time, China was opening to the outside world, and all things Western were gushing in. A renaissance of learning was sweeping the country, with a frenzied reading of books, both Chinese and Western classics, that had been banned during the Cultural Revolution.” (Read more) (Victoria Burrows)
The Sunday Express reviews the Northern Ballet's performances of Jane Eyre in London:
Maybe the subject fits very well into Northern Ballet’s homelands but Marston’s telling is enveloped in the heavy-handed insistence on the unfairness of life for the female of the species. Danced to a commissioned Philip Feeney score, the work is in two doom-laden acts set amid Patrick Kinmouth’s scenery of middle class respectability.
For a change the male corps de ballet changes the set as the action moves between the drawing room, church and moors. And this is where the evening is partly rescued. (...)
Marston has enthusiastically entered Bronte’s world but unfortunately has taken it all too seriously. (Jeffery Taylor)
Darragh McManus in The Irish Independent is enjoying Rachel Joyce's dramatization of Wuthering Heights in BBC Radio 4:
Finally, on a much lighter note, this incorrigible old romantic has been mightily enjoying the adaptation of Wuthering Heights on 15 Minute Drama (BBC Radio 4, Mon-Fri 7.45pm). It continues next week, and Rachel Joyce's adaptation captures the essence of the novel: in all its overwrought, operatic, sepulchral (and faintly ridiculous) glory.
Great stuff, both as a reminder of Emily Brontë's Gothic classic, and as a listening pleasure in its own right.
Brighouse Echo reports the publication of a posthumous novel by Ian M. Emberson:
Moving to Todmorden after meeting his wife-to-be Catherine in 1988, Brontë Society life member Ian’s published works include several volumes of poetry, novel-in-verse Pirouette of Earth, Pilgrims From Loneliness, which is a literary criticism of Charlotte Brontë still sold in the Haworth Parsonage bookshop, the e-book The Zig-Zag Path and evocative autobiographical Yorkshire Lives And Landscapes.
The Arts Desk reviews a Tesla coils show by Robbie Thomson at the Brighton Festival which happens to be at The Spire (based in St. Mark's Chapel):
 From 1849, for a century-and-a-half, this venue was a church and attached school, its claim to fame a dismissive mention in Jane Eyre. But this evening the stained glass windows are blacked out, blocking the evening sun. In the centre of the old building is a Faraday cage beside which, on a raised podium, Thomson is ready at his various laptops. (Thomas H. Green)
Erm... according to The Spire website, the 'dismissive mention' is no mention at all:
The construction of the church was completed in 1849 by Henry Venn Elliott, the first incumbent of St Mary’s, Rock Gardens , and Founder of St Mary’s Hall, a school for the daughters of poor clergy. His school in Brighton was inspired by the Clergy Daughters’ School in Casterton, run by his friend, Rev. W Carus Wilson, which had impressed Henry Venn when he visited. Charlotte Brontë described the school – not very flatteringly – in ‘Jane Eyre’. However, Henry Venn must have seen a very different school for he ‘offered up a little prayer that the Brighton School might receive a similar blessing’.
Albany Herald interviews the artist Heather Ashberry:
“In the era that the Brontë sisters wrote, women always used pen names for their work,” Ashberry said. “‘Beatrice Wormwood’ is my ‘pen name,’ so to speak. Beatrice was a popular name during that era, and ‘wormwood’ is part of that bohemian deal.” (Carlton Fletcher)
Yesterday's royal wedding has also a Brontë echo in Time Magazine:
And it wasn’t just the working classes where the father wasn’t involved in the walk. [George Monger in Marriage Customs of the World] also provides many examples (including Charlotte Brontë) of women being given away by some other relative, sometimes a woman, when her father objected or was not available. (Lily Rothman)
The Nassau Guardian talks about the film Sorry, Not Sorry by Alberta Whittle:
Sorry, Not Sorry is coupled with seminal film Handsworth Songs, which is a painful yet revelatory documentary of British civility and colonial “savagery” or incivility. This is a theme that resounds throughout E.M Forster’s “A Passage To India” (1924) and Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” (1847), later re-penned (but really reconstructed from before the story unfolded) by Jean Rhys in “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1966). So much can be said about the un-civilizing of the savage as seen, but when the other story is told, as Rhys does, we see context. (Ian Bethell-Bennett)
Melissa Broder chooses Wide Sargasso Sea as one of her favourite stories of sand and sea in The Week:
This is the luscious prelude to Jane Eyre, in which "Bertha," Mr. Rochester's madwoman in the attic, tells the story of her Jamaican history and relocation to England. It's all gaslight, love potion, and candles before the fire.
Página 12 (Argentina) interviews Laura Ramos, author of Infernales. La hermandad Brontë, a new biography of the Brontës just published in Argentina:
Le llevó casi diez años escribirlo y tres viajes a Haworth, inglaterra, el lugar de los hechos. Allí transcurrió en gran parte la historia que cuenta Laura Ramos en Infernales: la hermandad Brontë. Es la historia de las hermanas Charlotte, Emily, Anne y el rescate de la figura de Branwell, el hermano mayor. Pero Infernales es también una investigación que busca cuestionar el mito romántico para dejar al descubierto a las mujeres reales y la construcción de una identidad: la de las tres hermanas que provenientes de una familia pobre y alejada de los grandes centro culturales se convirtieron en escritoras profesionales avanzadas a su época. (...)
El mito Brontë, entonces. Una familia maldita en el páramo de Yorkshire: el padre excéntrico y violento, el hermano borracho y poeta frustrado, la pobre Charlotte, la salvaje y desdichada Emily, Anne que nunca pudo ser feliz. Las jóvenes que inventaron mundos góticos y convulsos y apasionados sin casi haber salido de su casa. Este mito, famoso y poco disputado por la imaginación popular, fue creado a cuatro manos por Charlotte Brontë y su biógrafa y amiga, Elizabeth Gaskell,también novelista. Gaskell, en su Vida de Charlotte Brontë de 1857 –publicada apenas dos años después de la muerte de la autora de Jane Eyre– sigue los deseos de su biografiada ocultando los aspectos más controversiales de la familia, las mezquindades y las contradicciones, y enalteciendo el mito romántico. Laura Ramos viajó a Haworth, el pueblo de los Brontë, bajo el influjo de la biografía de Gaskell. “Yo me devoré todo el mito, con lágrimas, totalmente poseída. Lloraba frente al sofá donde murió Emily: ahora sé que murió en su cama. Casi todas las biografías tempranas de los Brontë están escritas desde la primera persona, desde la pasión, y muchas son ilegibles por eso: querés saber y no se puede, solo está la emoción. Es que la lectura biográfica suele empezar por Gaskell y su biografía, que es política y sigue los deseos de Charlotte.” (...)
Infernales es, entonces, el viaje que va desde el mito romántico hasta las mujeres reales y el destino inesperado del hermano, a partir de investigaciones recientes, en su mayor parte no traducidas. “Mi libro está escrito para gente hispanoparlante, para nosotros”, dice Ramos. “No es de crítica, no es académico, no analiza en profundidad la obra. Es como una novela, solo que todo lo que se dice está documentado. Es para que lo leamos los que leímos Jane Eyre en la colección amarilla de Robin Hood y decíamos Carlota Brontë. Y para que otros lectores descubran a estas mujeres cuyas vidas rivalizan con sus novelas”. (Read more) (Mariana Enriquez) (Translation)
A library's 35th anniversary library is celebrated in La Depeche:
Du coup, avec son employée Valérie, Nicole a commencé de recevoir les «incontournables» de ses clients qui ont pris place dans la vitrine. On y trouve des grands classiques bien entendu «Cent ans de solitude» ou «La nuit et le silence» ou «Jane Eyre» mais aussi des choses étonnantes comme un «Psion» ou la BD «Le diable des rochers». (Place Pélisson) (Translation)
Alessandria News (in Italian) interviews the author Rafella Romagnolo:
Fra i tanti testi che la Romagnolo ama ha scelto per noi cinque libri che hanno contribuito alla sua formazione: “Jane Eyre” di Charlotte Brontë, “Il Conte di Montecristo” di Alexandre Dumas, “L'amore ai tempi del colera” di Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Una questione privata” di Beppe Fenoglio. E, a sorpresa, la saga di Harry Potter. Con “Jane Eyre” della Brontë siamo nell'Ottocento inglese, a colpire la Romagnolo oltre la forza del personaggio è la tecnica descrittiva: “in quel tempo non c'era il cinema e le minuziose descrizioni, ormai in disuso, servivano a creare una tela su cui proiettare le immagini facendoti vedere ciò che leggevi. Oltre alla Brontë, anche le opere di Dickens hanno la stessa forza narrativa”. (Translation)
El Diario Vasco (Spain) talks about El bosque sabe tu nombre by Alaitz Leceaga:
'El bosque sabe tu nombre' es lo que la editora Carmen Romero, enamorada de esta historia de amor y pasión, venganza y miedo, mujeres fuertes y grandes momentos históricos -desde la década de los 20 del siglo pasado hasta la Segunda Guerra Mundial- llama «un clásico que se podría haber escrito hace veinte años o que podría escribirse dentro de diez». Hace referencia a una voz narrativa que conecta con 'Cumbres borrascosas', 'La casa de los espíritus', 'Rebeca', por no citar las de García Márquez. Leceaga (1982) lo reconoce: «Yo era la típica niña que estaba siempre leyendo y he escrito la novela que me hubiera gustado leer». (Elena Sierra) (Translation)
An alert in Ravenna, Italy:
Alle 17 “Vite che sono la tua” in cui Paolo Di Paolo, scrittore e firma di Repubblica parlerà racconterà il fascino dei personaggi letterari da Tom Sawyer al giovane Holden, da Jane Eyre a Raskòl'nikov partendo dal suo ultimo libro edito da Laterza. Di Paolo dialogherà con Nicoletta Bacco. (Ravenna Notizie) (Translation)
Click Americana apparently thinks that 'Emily Brontë ringlets' is a 60s thing.  Minha Velha Estante (in Portuguese) reviews the Jane Eyre Manga adaptation. My Jane Eyre continues exploring copies of Jane Eyre in libraries.