Friday, June 23, 2017

The New York Times has a bookish interview with author Emma Straub:
What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift? My father gave me a copy of “Jane Eyre” two Christmases in a row, by accident, and then several times more, on purpose.
Comedian Elf Lyons also has family-related memories of Jane Eyre, as she tells British Comedy Guide.
My mother once took me to see a four hour long production of Jane-Eyre-the Musical at the Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham with my grandmother, Nanny Squeak. Mr Rochester's dog was a man in a leather gimp suit. I remember feeling confused and aroused and having a lot of questions. My mother then told me "This is what art is."
The Washington Post has a Jane Eyre-inspired joke on relationships:
Problem: One of you likes to read in bed every night, and the last “book” the other person read was the Cliff’s Notes version of “Jane Eyre” in high school.
Solution: I guess one of you could move to the attic, but do you really see this relationship going anywhere? (Julie Vick)
Watertown Daily Times features Olivia Grant, Miss Thousand Islands:
I think I did my first play when I was in fourth grade. My favorite role was in sixth grade when I played a young Jane Eyre,” said Ms. Grant. “I’m really invested in women’s rights and women’s issues and I truly think it’s because of Jane Eyre which is such an empowering story.” (Kathy Taber-Montgomery)
Jane Eyre is one of '10 books you should read when you need a little cheering up' according to Hindustan Times.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This story of an orphan girl and the way she faces all the challenges life throws her way will make you look at your problems with a fresh perspective. Jane’s ability to break free of stereotypes and live her life on her own terms will fill you up optimism and hope. (Kashika Bindrani)
According to LiveMint, Wuthering Heights is one of 'Six novels in which rains had a part to play'.
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Named by The New Yorker for situating “the single greatest instance of psycho-meteorology in Western literature”, the lead lovers of Brontë’s Gothic classic brave the wild weather of the Yorkshire moors, and of the mind and heart. This 19th century novel, featuring the famous Catherine and Heathcliff, is drenched with furious storms, fatalistic love and phantoms. (Sana Goyal)
The San Diego Union-Tribune reviews the Roustabouts Theatre Company's Withering Heights.
It seems pretty certain that if the novelist Emily Brontë had her druthers — or is that drithers? — the people behind the play “Withering Heights” would be tossed off the nearest (Heath)cliff.
Fortunately for playwrights Phil Johnson and Omri Schein, the author of the darkly romantic 1847 novel “Wuthering Heights” has been gone for 169 years, leaving them free to make giddy comic hash of her classic story about mopey people on the moors.
What the pair have come up with is a supremely silly reconception of the book — one that has Johnson and Schein playing every character, including the famously frustrated would-be lovers Catherine and Heathcliff.
The feel of the piece, the second production from the new Roustabouts Theatre, might remind you of those spoofy old Mel Brooks movies, right down to the way thunderclaps are heard whenever the name Withering Heights is mentioned (shades of the horses that neigh on cue in “Young Frankenstein”).
If you come in expecting plenty of good (guilty) laughs rather than some kind of fresh perspective on the novel, “Withering Heights” might be just your ticket — and you have to admire the sheer comic energy of its two writer-performers. [...]
There’s plenty of innuendo and bawdiness and potty humor in the Roustabouts’ take on the material; the play, laced with cleverly melodramatic music by James Olmstead, also keeps a comical countdown of all the people who keel over during the course of the story (Withering Heights, like its namesake, isn’t the healthiest of places to hang out).
The narrator Nelly (played by Johnson, who also portrays Heathcliff and many others) insists that this version of the story is the real one, “not malarkey from some Brontë-saurus.”
We’ll just have to trust her on that. But a playgoer might also relate to Catherine (one of the many characters played by Schein) when she says of a weird dance she and Heathcliff spontaneously engage in: “I don’t know what this is.”
Word to Cathy, and the “Withering” audience: Just go with it. (James Hebert)
The Hindu shares some excerpts from  Lone Fox Dancing – My Autobiography, by Ruskin Bond.
Yes, I will continue to write till the end. Passion sustains it because I like language, love words and putting them together and creating a beautiful sentence. Also I want my writing to be stylist by they can be recognised. Like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights which has a rural style. The Life and Opinion of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, is difficult to read but nobody has written the way he did.
Pro Writing AId discusses symbolism:
Some writers and film directors are masters at creating symbolism in their works. Edgar Allan Poe has “The Raven” which symbolizes death and loss. Shakespeare offers the ever-famous “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” And who could miss the symbolism of Luke Skywalker dressed in white while Darth Vader sported black capes and helmet?
Have you read Wuthering Heights? Did you constantly see symbols in everything Emily Brontë wrote? Or were you the kid in English class who didn’t understand that the mountains in Hemingway’s short stories were symbols for something else? (Kathy Edens)
Harlequin Junkie reviews the book The Light in Summer by Mary McNear, in which
A defining moment in Billy Harper’s life can be tied to her reading Wuthering Heights, that most romantic of nineteenth century novels.
FreiePresse (Germany) discusses intertextuality:
Auch bei Rowling besteht die schriftstellerische Kunst nicht darin, alles komplett neu zu erfinden, sondern die Geschichten, Gedanken und Elemente auf virtuose Weise neu zusammenzusetzen: Von Jane Austen hat sich Rowling das Faible für gute Plot-Twists abgeguckt, von Elizabeth Goudges Kinderbuch "Das kleine weiße Pferd" die ausführliche Beschreibung von Mahlzeiten. Roald Dahls Portraits von schrecklich-sadisitischen Familien (siehe "Matilda") dürften Vorbild für die die Muggel-Pflegefamilie Dursleys gewesen sein, Harrys Schulleben erinnert an englische Internatsklassiker wie Thomas Hughes "Tom Browns Schuljahre", die Garderobe aus den Narnia-Chroniken lieferte das Modell für Gleis 9 3/4 und die tragisch-zerrissene Figur des Severus Snape könnte von Emily Brontes Heathcliff ("Sturmhöhe") genauso inspiriert sein wie von Dostojevskis "Schuld und Sühne"-Übeltäter Raskolnikow. (Johana Eisner) (Translation)
Independent (Ireland) reports that a property in Kilkee is for sale:
1 Rockmount, West End, Co Clare
€479k  DNG O'Sullivan Hurley, (065) 684 0200
1 Rockmount
Rockmount dates back to Kilkee's heyday as a favourite bathing place of the Victorian aristocracy. Thackeray, Tennyson and Charlotte Brontë were among the most famous visitors to the west Clare resort. Number 1 Rockmount is one of a pair of august semi-detached houses in Kilkee's West End, facing east and directly overlooking the horseshoe beach, and it's a protected structure. It has five bedrooms on the first floor, while on the ground floor there's a drawing room with two windows overlooking the sea, and an eat-in kitchen with doors to the raised back garden, as well as a utility and shower room.
Indeed she was, during her honeymoon. But look at what she wrote to Catherine Wooler on 18 July 1854:
Here at our Inn - splendidly designated 'the West End Hotel'--there is a good deal to carp at if one were in a carping humour--but we laugh instead of grumbling--for out of doors there is much indeed to compensate for any indoor short-comings; so magnificent an ocean--so bold and grand a coast--I never yet saw. 
Finally. La dépêche (France) has an alert for later today in Toulouse:
Ce vendredi, ne manquez pas [...] les lectures des «Lettres choisies» de la famille Brontë par Irène Jacob et Danièle Lebrun (14h30, chapelle des Carmélites). (Translation)


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