Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:21 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    1 comment
Keighley News reports that the land art depicting Branwell Brontë on a bicycle created for the Tour de Yorkshire has been shortlisted for an award.
A piece of Worth Valley land art produced to celebrate this year's Tour de Yorkshire is in the running for a top accolade.
The work – depicting Branwell Brontë riding a bicycle – by Worth Valley Young Farmers Club and Haworth Primary School, is among 12 pieces across the region shortlisted for a public vote to select people's favourite.
To vote, visit The winner will receive a trophy from Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.
"We were blown away by the sheer number, range and quality of land art which featured on this year's race route and it was extremely difficult to select just 12 pieces," he said.
Voting is open until midnight on June 13. (Alistair Shand)
Eryk Ostrowski's new book Tajemnice wichrowych wzgórz - claiming that Branwell wrote Wuthering Heights - is featured on Radio Poland.
In his new book entitled “The Secrets of Wuthering Heights”, Ostrowski said that Branwell Brontë (1817-1848) was not the black sheep of the Bronte family as history had made him out to be, and that even during the siblings’ lifetimes claims were made that only one author was behind all the Brontës’ works.
Branwell Brontë’s three sisters are all known for their contributions to 19th-century British literature.
The eldest sister, Charlotte Brontë (1916-1855) is famous for “Jane Eyre” and wrote three other books. Emily (1918-1948) is credited with writing the most famous of the Brontë works, “Wuthering Heights”, which was written under the alias of “Ellis Bell”, while Anne (1820-1849) penned two less-known books.
But Ostrowski claimed Branwell Brontë, who is often portrayed to have been an alcoholic and morphine addict, was also a talented painter and author.
According to Ostrowski, letters, poems, prose and stories written by Branwell Brontë are similar to the work of Ellis Bell.
“Branwell Brontë’s prose and poems show many scenes and dialogues which are repeated in ‘Wuthering Heights’,” Ostrowski said.
“We can even see prototypes of the main characters of ‘Wuthering Heights’ in some of his early works,” he added.
Ostrowski also said that a letter, written by the brother at about the same time as “Wuthering Heights” was being completed, includes a description of “a secret novel”. The description fitted “Wuthering Heights” to a tee, the Polish author said.
“We are probably dealing with the biggest hoax in modern literature. Everything that we know about the Brontë sisters comes from the oldest, Charlotte,” Ostrowski said.
“She corresponded with and talked to publishers. The manuscripts of Emily and Anne Bronte do not exist, and the first publisher to see them said they were written in the same handwriting.” 
Two more Polish sites - albeit in Polish, not English - feature it too: Super Stacja and Gazeta Prawna.

The Times of India has a 'micro review' of the book The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley, which takes place in Brontë country.
Alice Rose is a foundling brought up by a kindly, adoring father but an uncaring adoptive mother. When her father dies, her mother casts her out and Alice is left to fend for herself with the assistance of a few old friends. Just as she starts running a hikers' cafe belonging to Dan, her fiance, a second blow comes in the news of Dan's death in a climbing accident. When Alice further finds that Dan was a married man and his scheming ex-wife turns up to claim Dan's property, it is about all she can take before she succumbs to a breakdown. Still reeling from her travails, Alice rushes into purchasing a run-down cafe which she spots online, tempted by the fact that it is in Haworth, the Yorkshire town in which she was found as a new-born baby, stuffed under a rock on the moors and presumably left to die. The cafe is in an appalling state and Alice finds too that the antique shop across the road belongs to Nile Giddings, a handsome but haughty Yorkshireman, somewhat reminiscent of Heathcliff (this is Brontë country, after all). (Jaishree Mishra) has an article on the 5th Avenue high school awards and mentions one of the nominees:
Edmonds Heights, “Jane Eyre”: Honorable mentions for music direction, chorus, supporting actress Darian Conn as Mrs. Fairfax, featured ensemble actress Olivia Elliott as Helen, and special student achievement award to Sophie Burnett. (Gale Fiege)
The Des Moines Register tells about Archibald Coolidge, a university professor who
said the most romantic line in all literature was when Catherine in "Wuthering Heights" said, “I am Heathcliff.” (Look it up. It didn’t end well for Catherine and Heathcliff.) (Callista Gould)
Beating the Bounds shares a walk that starts at what used to be in part still is Cowan Bridge (with pictures).

1 comment:

  1. It' still Cowan Bridge! The buildings at the start of the post (now housing) used to be the school on which the school in Jane Eyre is based and where the Bronte sisters were educated for a while (with disastrous consequences for 2 of them).