Monday, April 10, 2017

The Kansas Star-Tribune reviews the paperback edition of Charlotte Brontë. A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman:
Readers who love "Jane Eyre" as an outstanding work of Victorian fiction will see in this book how close it comes to fact. Charlotte Brontë had no need to concoct scenes of a pestilential boardinghouse or the travails of a governess. She lived them. The main thing missing for her, it seems, is the happy ending.
Biographer Claire Harman uses new (?) access to a trove of Brontë letters to illustrate the frustrations that stoked the groundbreaking literature of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë in their bleak home on the Yorkshire moor.
Retreating from the world in failure to the parsonage occupied by their drunken brother and domineering father, the sisters turned their dining room into a hothouse of literary release: Charlotte at work on "Jane Eyre," Emily on "Wuthering Heights" and Anne on "Agnes Grey." All three novels were published in 1847 under the respective pseudonyms Currer Bell, Ellis Bell and Acton Bell, setting the British literary world abuzz. Little more than a year later, Emily and Anne were dead, and Charlotte was left to navigate her anonymous celebrity alone. A late marriage and real love delivered happiness at last, but only briefly.
Harman's gripping narrative, newly released in paperback, depicts incredible but true scenes in Brontë's life and allows us to "hear" the voice behind Jane Eyre in all her pain and passion. (Becky Welter)
In Haworth, they have celebrated beer (and Branwell). Telegraph & Argus says:
It was a perfect day for Haworth’s beer festival which was held at the Old School Room, in Church Street, yesterday.
Festivities included music, a vintage cocktail bar where experts shook and stirred a variety of concoctions and ‘Branwell’s Gin Shack’.
A new brew being pulled was Goose Eye Brewery’s Branwell Brontë beer.
And at East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, the annual tradition of wassailing apple trees, singing songs to prompt a good apple harvest and hanging good luck messages on the branches took place. (Vivien Mason)
The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal interviews the writer John Cull:
He is most inspired by the works of John Steinbeck, Emily Brontë and Daphne du Maurier, commending them for their realism. (Tim Fenster)
W Magazine interviews another writer, and actress, Michelle Branch:
  [Woodley]’s character—she's pretty intriguing. But other than that, any period-piece drama, I’m all over. I devoured The Crown. I loved Victoria. I watched To Walk Invisible, the PBS show on the Brontë sisters. I’m so into all that stuff. (Stephanie Eckart)
The Guardian publishes the obituary of the actor Tim Pigott-Smith who in 1993:
When the Arts Council cut funding to Compass, he extended his rogue’s gallery with a sulphurous Rochester in Fay Weldon’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, on tour and at the Playhouse, in a phantasmagorical production by Helena Kaut-Howson, with Alexandra Mathie as Jane (1993). (Michael Coveney)
The original Korean translator of Wuthering Heights,  Kim Jong-gil, died a few days ago as published in Korean JoongAng Daily. Novel Delights hated Wuthering Heights the first time she read it, will she hate it again on her reread? posts about Anne Brontë's love for Scarborough.


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