Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Telegraph Christmas Books Quiz 2014 includes a Brontë question:
4. Which of the three Brontë sisters died last? (James Walton)
And The Australian gives  its own best-books-of-the-year list. The novelist  Kirsten Tranter chooses, among others:
I laughed hard at Mallory Ortberg’s witty Texts from Jane Eyre, in which she imagines conversations with hilariously annoying and misunderstood literary characters including J. Alfred Prufrock, Emily Dickinson and, of course, patient Jane and her all-caps lover, Mr Rochester.
And the Brontës (somehow) figure also in another summary. The Telegraph's 2014 in sports:
The Tour de France in Yorkshire attracted 2.5m spectators and proved again our willingness to support big events. As the BBC reported: “The route passed through Harrogate, Keighley, and Huddersfield before reaching Sheffield, taking in areas made famous by the Brontë sisters and TV series Last Of The Summer Wine.” Compo and Cleggy had to be in there somewhere. (Paul Hayward)
The Belfast Telegraph remembers that although in Europe it is not so well-known in the US
There's a whole subgenre of classic lit reimagined for the Facebook generation, like The Autobiography Of Jane Eyre and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, based on Pride And Prejudice, which started out on YouTube before spawning a book. (Katie Wright)
Allvoices talks about being a prop-buyer:
There’s no such thing as an average day
Maxine Carlier, who’s currently working on This Is England 90, says: “When I worked on Wuthering Heights [2011], I was asked to find a particular breed of cow – the kind that would have been kept in the Dales of North Yorkshire during the eighteenth century. So I had to visit a local farmer, take photos of his cows, and negotiate a price for the cows.” (Simon Crompton)
The Reno Gazette-Journal is not very happy with this selection of the so-called most beautiful sentences in English literature. But:
Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, and not all the examples are terrible. I like Charlotte Brontë’s “I would always rather be happy than dignified,” and there’s nothing wrong with, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” by J. K. Rowling.  (Cory Farley)
Associated Press opens an article about college applications like this:
On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her District of Columbia classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”
But they set aside Emily Brontë’s 19th-century novel one morning last month at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, instead spending precious class time on an urgent task: applying to college.
The Irish Examiner is a bit unfair with Wuthering Heights when it says:
Despite what you may you have read in Wuthering Heights, Yorkshire is a particularly beautiful part of England, and if you fancy a few days that will not only blow away the cobwebs but set you up for the advance of yet another year, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better market town than Otley, which is in the midst of unspoiled woodlands and right beside Chevin Forest Park. (Tony Clayton-Lea)
The Irish Times thinks that Charles Dickens is still English literature's most important icon:
If you had approached an audience of bibliophiles 20 years ago and asked who was the most popular 19th century English novelist you would have received the sort of “duh!” look that Californian teenagers reserve for intruding parents. The answer obviously was Charles Dickens. The Brontës were a force and Jane Austen mattered, but none of those had established the cultural beachhead occupied by Dickens since the middle years of Queen Victoria’s reign. (Donald Clarke)
Bookreporter continues interviewing listeners about their love for audiobooks:
I listened to Jane Eyre on a very long flight to Thailand some years ago, and several others on overseas flights that can run more than 15 hours. (Roz Shea)
Libreriamo (Italy) commemorates the anniversary of Emily Brontë's death quoting from her novel Wuthering Heights:
Per ricordare Emily Brontë riproponiamo alcuni tra i passi più belli e celebri di “Cime tempestose”, considerato un classico della letteratura inglese. La storia di Heathcliff, del suo amore per Catherine, e di come questa passione alla fine li distrugga entrambi: tema centrale del libro è difatti l'effetto distruttivo che il senso di gelosia e lo spirito di vendetta possono avere sugli individui. (Translation)
Juan Carlos Chirinos (Venezuela) explores Jean Genet's Les Bonnes in El Nacional:
Así como H. P. Lovecraft –y de él copié la idea– incluye Cumbres borrascosas en su ensayo sobre el horror sobrenatural en la literatura, sabiendo no obstante que se trata de una novela de amores tormentosos («aunque la historia trata principalmente acerca de las pasiones humanas en conflicto y agonía»), intuye que allí anida algo de lo que él anda buscando («el titánico escenario cósmico que enmarca la acción permite el surgimiento del horror en su forma más espiritual»); asimismo, digo, me concentraré hoy en Las criadas (1947), de Jean Genet (París, Francia, 1910-1986) porque allí anida una historia negra, o desuspense, que me ha procurado algún desvelo y chorros de placer. (Translation)
Librópatas (Spain) quotes writers who have been inspired by fairy tales:
De hecho, hay quien mete a Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, en la lista de revisiones de la clásica historia de la Bella y la Bestia (que es una de las historias que posiblemente sea más fácil seguir entre las que han influido a los escritores a lo largo del tiempo). (Raquel C. Pino) (Translation)
Mundodiario (Spain) reviews La Santa by Mado Martínez:
No solamente ese universo está condicionado por los espacios o por la estética visual de algunos momentos conmovedores, sino también por esas continuas referencias obsesivas a elementos como el nombre de Manderley, los toques de campana, la novela Cumbres borrascosas o las figuraciones de la santa compaña.  (Manuel García Pérez) (Translation)
The Phantom Reader posts about the candlelit tour of the Brontë Parsonage Museum on December 15th.


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