Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 9:58 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
The New Yorker's Page-Turner discusses pen names and mentions the Brontës.
The truth is, I’ve been fascinated by the notion of pseudonyms from the moment I became aware of their existence, which—as near as I can place it—was around the age of nine. My mother, an immigrant to upstate New York from Austria, was in the habit of going through two to three Penguin Classics each week (to improve her English, she claimed, though her English was already perfect), and our house was so full of those elegant orange-spined paperbacks that the color still excites me when I come across it, even if only on an awning or a traffic safety vest. Most of the books themselves were too advanced for me, so I focussed on the Notes About the Author. Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) was first; then came Currer, Acton, and Ellis Bell (the Brontë sisters), then Joseph Conrad (Konrad Korzeniowski). There were others before and after and in between, of course, but those writers who seemed to have led double lives thrilled me in a way the others couldn’t, and I read some of those two-paragraph bios (always with a delicately etched portrait in the upper right-hand corner) over and over again, as if they contained encrypted instructions on how to become an adult. [...]
Some authors accepted exposure good-naturedly, as the inevitable price of success; some emphatically did not. “To you I am neither man nor woman,” Charlotte Brontë wrote in an angry address to her critics, after the true identity of Currer Bell became known. “I come before you as an Author only—it is the sole standard by which you have a right to judge me—the sole ground on which I accept your judgment.’” (John Wray)
While The Huffington Post looks at 'puzzling book titles'. Despite everyone's first encounter with the novel's title, Wuthering Heights is not one of them:
The vast majority of novel titles are self-explanatory: the name of the lead character (Jane Austen's Emma!), the place where the book is mostly set (Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights!), a combination of both (L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables!), the book's subject matter (Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold!), the time (Haruki Murakami's After Dark!), etc. (Dave Astor)
The Cheddar Valley Gazette on exploring the worlds of favourite books:
As I got older, Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage became fixtures of the same holiday, and many a day was whiled away on the moors, looking for Heathcliff and hearing Cathy on the wind. (Hana Evans)
Clique Clack wonders if there is a greater love story than the 1934 film The Barretts of Wimpole Street.
The Robert Browning depicted in The Barretts of Wimpole Street is making a serious contention for a place in my heart alongside the likes of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice because he’s so passionately, so ardently, in love with Elizabeth despite her fragility and uncertainties. (Kim Tibbs)
And now for two one-woman shows. The Clovis News Journal features Carol Smith Headrick who
has done nearly 50 book presentations, impersonating characters from well-known titles such as “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” and “Jane Eyre,” as well as real people from biographies such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Julia Child and Beatrix Potter, who wrote “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.(Vanessa Kahin)
While The Post and Courier features Saluda Camp:
The sisters, seven years apart in age, are supportive of one another.
"Growing up, my sister and I were always encouraged to follow our dreams," Anna Camp wrote in an email. "I remember my mom and dad waiting in the car on countless evenings to pick us up from either a rehearsal or an acting class at Workshop Theatre in Columbia."
They watched lots of classic movies as kids, including "Gone with the Wind," "Wuthering Heights" and "Casablanca," and knew what they wanted to do from an early age, according to Anna Camp. (Adam Parker)
Short and to the point, Click Music simply thinks that,
La Roux’s new ‘Let Me Down Gently’ video is a modern day ‘Wuthering Heights’.
The Queensberry Rules features British boxer Gary Sykes and includes an unexpected Brontë reference in the article:
Born and raised in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, a conurbation of mill towns once inhabited by the Brontë family (Charlotte depicted the nearby Spen valley in her social chronicle Shirley), Sykes is a popular kid. (Andrew Harrison)
Keighley News sheds light on the death of Oscar, the well-known Haworth cat:
Owners of a much-loved Haworth cat who died of an infection last week have spoken of their horror after discovering an airgun pellet lodged in his body.
Haworth Main Street resident Emma Cox, 46, has hit out at the “despicable” person responsible for shooting her beloved feline friend, Oscar.
She said she understood his death last Thursday was actually due to complications caused by a viral infection, but added she was stunned someone had deliberately targeted him in a gun attack.
Oscar was a four-and-half-year-old long-haired black cat, who was a common sight in and around Main Street for the past few years. He was a big hit with locals and tourists alike, who used to stroll confidently into the parish church and Brontë Parsonage Museum, and snack at Changegate Fisheries.
Mrs Cox, who runs a pair of homeware and gift shops in Skipton and Halifax, said the airgun pellet was discovered in one of Oscar’s hind legs when she took him to a vet after he fell ill.
She added: “The vet told me the pellet had been in him for four to six weeks – I just couldn’t believe it.
“For someone to be taking random pot-shots at people’s pets is absolutely despicable.
“A lot of people were very fond of Oscar. He was photographed so many times by loads of people – the Japanese visitors loved him.
“He attended quite a few events at Haworth Parish Church, weddings and funerals included. He used to sit in the church regularly and greet visitors.
“I’ve had cats all my life, but I’ve never had a cat like him before. He was king of the village up here.”
Angela Sampson, who owns Changegate Fisheries, said: “Oscar was very popular with us – he’d been coming here for years. The tourists always used to feed him. He was a lovely cat.” (Miran Rahman)
Sal's Fiction Addiction posts about Jane, le renard et moi. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows a pencil sketch of a bird drawn by Emily Brontë. The Shandy Media Club posts about Jane Eyre. Cinema Fanatic's movie quote of the day is from Wuthering Heights 1939.


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