Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 3:38 pm by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
Some people have very strange associations of ideas, stomach flu and the Brontës? In The Herald (Everett):
I've been thinking that I can really relate to Bertha Mason, the crazy lady locked upstairs in Charlotte Brontë's 1847 classic, "Jane Eyre."
I'm definitely feeling the crazy part, but my husband is a whole lot nicer than Mr. Rochester. He even made me rice pudding because I asked for it specifically. Then when I only ate three bites, he wasn't even upset.
Probably the reason I've been thinking about Bertha Mason is because there is something about the stomach flu that takes you to dark, Gothic places like in a Brontë sister's novel. (Jenny Bardsley)
The Independent reviews The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce:
The withdrawal of religion from the lives of so many of us means a necessary change in our relationship with symbolism. It's no accident that Charlotte Brontë produced novels full of symbolism, being brought up in a religious household; the same could be said for Jeanette Winterson. (Lesley McDowell)
The Sunday Times reviews The Engagement by Chloe Hooper:
Hooper is a smart, self-conscious writer acutely aware of literary tradition. As she well knows, gothic fiction includes not only captives in castles but Jane Eyre, the second Mrs de Winter and similar heroines. (David Grylls)
Off Licence News announces a curious (and ethilic) Valentine contest:
Nyetimber aims to add sparkle to this year’s Valentine’s Day with a Facebook campaign called Celebrating British Romance.
Every day from February 1-13 the English sparkling wine producer will give away a bottle of its Rosé 2008 via a competition on its Facebook page.
And one lucky consumer will win a romantic meal for two on the big day, prepared by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge at Hand & Flowers.
To enter the competition, participants will be asked to test their knowledge by identifying the authors of some of the “greatest quotations in British romantic literature”, from Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë to D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. (Martin Green)
We are not very sure which Brontë-related poem was read at this event at the Berliner Literaturwerkstatt:
Ferner las Saskia Fischer, die ihre Sachen gemeinsam mit Charlotte Brontë aka Brombach „in Form und Ordnung“ einst brachte. Auch Brombach war mal Thorsten Ahrend bei Suhrkamp, wie das Leben so spielt. „In Form und Ordnung“ bedeutet auch „Abendbrot ohne Abend und Brot“. Vielleicht ist es gar nicht so wichtig, ob das alles immer weiter so weiter geht mit der Poesie bei Suhrkamp – bloß schön wäre es schon. (Jamal Tuschik in Readers Edition) (Translate)
NME lists the 100 best songs of the 70s. Including Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights:
Serene, pristine and deranged, nobody should underestimate quite how shocking it was when the teenaged Bush emerged to the world with this haunting piano melodrama of her own creation. Casting herself as tragic heroine Cathy from Emily Brontë’s gothic romance, perhaps the reason so few pop songs are based on classic novels is that they’d have to live up to this.
(Dan Martin, Matthew Horton, Priya Elan, Tim Chester)
The Island Scrivener interviews the author Jennifer K. Lafferty:
I was born in St. Louis. I always loved books, some of my favorites were: “The Secret Garden”, “Jane Eyre” and “Tuck Everlasting”.
and Lovely Books Blog interviews another author, Michael S. Fedison:
Probably my all-time favorite novel is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I also enjoyed some of the great Victorian novels, from David Copperfield to Wuthering Heights and all the way down to Anne of Green Gables.
Keighley News talks about the return of the open-top double deckers to Brontë country;  Sul21 (Brazil) has an article about Jane Austen and Brontë's criticism is mentioned; an obituary in The Vanguard News (Nigeria) quotes from a poem by Anne Brontë; Mano knygų pasaulis (in Lithuanian) and Írka-firka (in Hungarian) post about Agnes Grey; This is So Gay is reading Wuthering Heights; Jessica Talcopai publishes a nice design of a Jane Eyre cover (made by Elizabeth Bradley);


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