Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:01 pm by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Yorkshire Post carries an article about Haworth's real estate business and the Brontë 200th anniversary:
Brontë fans, walkers, train buffs, day trippers, vintage enthusiasts and real ale drinkers all love a day out in Haworth.
This year has seen a bumper crop of tourists thanks to celebrations and events in honour of Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday.
Estate agents say it is hard to know how many of these visitors decide to make Haworth their home but some do and its many charms and its literary claim to fame are certainly big selling points.
The term “Brontë Country” features in almost every property brochure and the parsonage, where the sisters grew up, and the moors that feature in their novels, are often highlighted. (...)
Visitors who coo over the quaint cottages on Main Street will be pleased to know that there is one for sale. The one-bedroom property also has a Brontë connection, as a previous owner, Archibald Leighton, was an associate of Patrick Brontë. The house is on the market for £120,000 with Dacre, Son and Hartley. (Sharon Dale)
Well, Archibald Leighton was indeed a contemporary of Patrick Brontë. But he was also a convinced Chartist and, although he and Patrick sometimes stood united (for instance, in the opposition to the  Poor Law Amendment Bill in 1834), they were more antagonists than associates.

The Guardian quotes an anonymous teacher about a completely unrelated topic, but we thought  the following passing reference quite funny:
The meeting started with: “I want to have a chat with you about a discussion you’ve had with one of your classes.” A variety of class conversations rolled through my head – a recent debate about Wuthering Heights had got a little heated. 
The Times suggests a weekend in Haworth:
It’s a funny thing. Charlotte Brontë and her family may be among the biggest draws to Haworth, but Brontë didn’t do much for the village’s reputation. “Haworth [is] a strange uncivilised little place,” wrote one of the West Yorkshire village’s most famous former inhabitants to her publisher. In another, she wrote to her friend Ellen Nussey, “[It is] such a lonely, quiet spot, buried away from the world,” as she lamented her return home from Brussels.
No doubt the author of Jane Eyre would have been perturbed by Virginia Woolf’s observation that “Haworth expresses the Brontës; the Brontës express Haworth”. (Fiona Wilson)
EDIT: Check out Ponden Hall's mention in the article on the Ponden Hall's Twitter.

The Toronto Film Festival website (TIFF) publishes an article highlighting the similarities between The Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre (not the first one to notice them, by the way):
She’s a bookish young woman. She defies authority and lives by her own rules. She moves away from an abusive family and into the mansion of a rich aristocrat. He’s tall and beastly, rude and impassive. Their personalities clash. Slowly, they find solace — in each other, in their shared interests, in their contrasting values and the humour when those two things inevitably clash while they live together.
The man’s servants are friendly and caring towards the girl. They fiddle uncomfortably when she asks personal questions about their master’s past. Slowly, the girl gains the affections of the beastly lord of the house. In turn, she begins to care for him, to the point that she considers him a friend. They spend time together and learn from the vast chasm that separates their worlds.
But then, she learns what his terrible secret is. It’s ghoulish, and it horrifies her so much that she runs far away from the castle, back to her family. Eventually, when she realizes that the beastly man’s life took a turn for the worse after she left, she comes back to him. Her love saves him; it literally transforms him into a new person. They get married and live happily ever after. (Read more) (Vanessa Hojda)
A very curious fashion show in the Asheville Citizen-Times:
The Asheville Community Theatre’s signature fundraiser returned for its fifth year bigger than ever.
Costume Drama: A Fashion Show displayed the hard work of dozens of area designers who created wearable art in the categories of paper, light, plastic and artistic license - the fashion interpretation of famous works of art. (...)
In the paper category, Mars Hill University graduate Tricia Ellis, 23, entered a bibliophile’s dream dress made from the pages of classic books such as "The Great Gatsby," "Wuthering Heights" and Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein."
The full gown took weeks to construct with help from friends and was so big that she had to borrow her boss’s car just to get it to the show.
The hard work was not in vain, as she not only got to see a creation of her favorite words strut down the runway but she also took Best in Show, the grand prize of the event. (Angeli Wright) (Photo: Angeli Wright)
El Mundo (Spain) describes Theresa May's dress style using Brontë (somewhat misleading) references:
Comparte con la princesa Ana un pasado de rebeca lila y moño bajo deshilachado tipo Jane Eyre. Su estilo en los 80 era propio de hermana Brontë, con perlitas y cuello de bebé, entre decimonónico y kitsch. (Beatriz Miranda) (Translation)
The Stuff covers the Christchurch Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever event; ABC,  The Age, Der Tagesspiegel and the Daily Mail talk about the Melbourne one; VLT has pictures of the Uppsala one; Northern Star follows Lismore's event, the Globe and Mail is in Montreal, etc...

Diario de Sevilla (Spain) reviews the latest novel by Charlotte Cory:
Como artista plástica, Charlotte Cory (Bristol, 1956) se ha dedicado a desarrollar lo que podríamos llamar "pastiches victorianos": varias propuestas a modo de collages con motivos animales. De ellas, su trabajo más conocido es Visitorian: una serie de tarjetas de visitas alteradas -hasta hace poco, expuso una muestra en torno a Charlotte Brontë en el Sir John Soane Museum de Londres, lugar que recoge una colección tan inclasificable y peculiar como las mismas propuestas de la artista-. (Pilar Vera) (Translation)
To Read a Novel reviews World of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley.


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