Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 11:10 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
AL.com tells about a handwritten letter by Harper Lee in which she recommends some books including Jane Eyre.
A trio of handwritten letters from Lee are up for auction as part of Lelands.com "The Greatest Auction." The promotion runs through Oct. 28. The letters are from the mid-1990s and include book recommendations. The reserve price of $300 has already been exceeded; as of publication, the high bid is $399.30.
A peek at the images on Lelands.com reveals Lee's picks include everything by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" and "The History of Henry Esmond" and "Vanity Fair," both by William Makepeace Thackeray. (Carla Jean Whitley)
We are sure that she understood the novel better than this columnist from Business Mirror.
Classic English author of the novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, wrote: “Better to be without logic than without feeling.” That is fitting, since no one in her iconic book makes any decisions based on logic and common sense but virtually always on “feelings”. (John Mangun)
He seems to have missed the bit where Jane flees Thornfield.

The Guardian has a Crossword Blog and today it mentions the name of the Brontës and its diaeresis.
In the Telegraph Toughie, MynoT is getting technical:
25ac Mark policeman getting series recast (8)
[ abbrev. for a police rank + anagram (‘recast’) of SERIES ]
Ah, yes: the DIERESIS, or DIÆRESIS, or as the Guardian prefers it, via Collins, DIAERESIS, a word that tempts us to adorn it with itself.
In this paper, we find it in BRONTË, but not in NAIVE; in NOËL Coward but never in NOEL Edmonds. In general, it seems to be present here in names of people who themselves used diaereses, but never as a warning about how to pronounce the second of some pair of vowels.
Not so at the New Yorker, where there is no danger of readers reading NAÏVE as sounding like “knave”; likewise COÖPERATE and even REËLECT, due to a ruling in the magazine’s youth that CO-OPERATE and RE-ELECT would apparently look ridiculous. (Alan Connor)
John Joubert's Jane Eyre opera premiere in Birmingham is one of the pick of the week's concerts in The Guardian:
John Joubert’s opera receives its professional premiere, in concert, with Kenneth Woods conducting the English Symphony Orchestra. The performance is being recorded for release next spring to mark the composer’s 90th birthday. (Andrew Clements)
Another auction, as Brides reports that
fans of the [Twilight saga movies] can buy themselves a piece of that vampire-filled big day as a collection of original Twilight memorabilia is now up for auction! [...]
The public can place their bids online, in-person, or by phone for items such as Bella's engagement ring (which is expected to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000), Edward Cullen's journal, Bella's copy of Wuthering Heights, (Jamie Cuccinelli)
And so here it is:
Lot #: 295
Bella Swan’s Wuthering Heights
Bella Swan’s Wuthering Heights book from The Twilight Saga: New Moon. This book screen matches to the book seen on Bella’s desk as she printed a photograph of Edward.
The book features a decorative paperback cover. A favorite book of Bella’s, the book shows intentional wear and bends to the cover and corners, but remains in good condition. Dimensions: 4 ½” x 6 ¾” x 1” (11 cm x 17 cm x 3 cm)
Estimate: $400 - 600
Otros Cines (Spain) reviews the film A Quiet Passion, featuring the life of Emily Dickinson. Apparently,
La última película de Terence Davies es una pièce d’époque, un retrato de la poeta Emily Dickinson, considerada una de o la más grande de las poetas de los Estados Unidos, contemporánea de las inglesas Jane Austen y las hermanas Brontë, aludidas en el film. (Josefina Sartora) (Translation)
Jane Austen died in 1817, and Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816, Emily in 1818 and Anne in 1820, so they were hardly contemporary writers. Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and Emily Brontë died in 1848, Anne Brontë in 1849 and Charlotte Brontë in 1855. Only five poems written by Emily Dickinson before 1858 seem to exist, her most creative years spanning 1861-1865. So again, hardly contemporary writers.

The Brontë Society Facebook page shares pictures of a walk between Cowan Bridge (Lowood in Jane Eyre) and the church where the little girls went each Sunday regardless of the weather conditions. A Cup of Wittea posts about Jane Eyre. The Brussels Brontë Blog looks into the German editions of The Professor.


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