Friday, August 04, 2017

Church Times reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
Whereas Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights hold secure places in the English literary canon, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has always been regarded as something of an enigma. The first reviewers, in 1848, wrestled with a book that sometimes reads like a Christian conduct book, and at others goes far beyond the norms of Victorian respectability in its presentation of alcoholism, physical and mental abuse, and acts of adultery.
These reviewers had no idea that “Acton Bell”, the pseudonymous author, was the steady Anne, the younger Brontë sister, who had held firmly to a more orthodox Christian faith than her sisters’ as she witnessed the descent of her beloved brother, Branwell, into addiction to drink and drugs in the last three years of his life. (Michael Wheeler) (Read more)
Daily Mail interviews the writer Jacqueline Wilson:
[What book] would you take to a desert island? 
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I first read it when I was ten or 11 and have read it many times since — it never fails to delight me. 
Den of Geek! lists several 'forgotten' John Williams soundtracks. Including the one for Jane Eyre 1970:
Said to be Williams' own personal favourite, this exquisitely wrought delight combines everything that is great about his music: emotional sincerity, memorable thematic ideas and a mastery of orchestral tone that takes the breath away. Williams captures the Gothic and rustic aspects of Charlotte Brontë's novel magnificently, the ultimate rejoinder to those who define him through Star Wars and nothing else. (Sean Wilson)
According to The Z Review, Victorian Gothic is the new black:
After Dracula, my all-time favourite of the genre is Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Made famous for children of the 1980s by pouting songstress Kate Bush, it was a very dark tale set in, you won’t be surprised to learn, Yorkshire. (P.C. Dettmann)
Paste Magazine reviews the film Mal de Pierres:
The majority of this story is told through a long flashback, which begins with Gabrielle as a much younger woman—a task not even Cotillard can play convincingly—who harbors a serious crush on a local schoolteacher. He lends her a copy of Wuthering Heights, which might be a warning sign if not for Gabrielle’s blinding desire. (Jake Kring-Schreifels)
Pseudonyms in The Atlantic:
The trend is ironic, Gamerman pointed out, because the history of fiction is littered with women writers adopting male or gender-neutral pseudonyms to get their work published, from the Brontë sisters to J.K. Rowling. (Sophie Gilbert
Entrepreneur urges you to make a better use of your time:
On average, a person spends a whopping 23 hours per month on social media on their phone. And all those hours you spent on Facebook and Instagram translates into a whopping five novels you could have read, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird and more. (Rose Leadem)
Being motherless in The Davis Clipper:
Then there’s Anne Shirley, Jane Eyre and even Cinderella – all motherless success stories. (Peri Kinder)
A passing comment in Libreriamo (Italy):
Un po’ meno allegro il destino delle sorelle Bronte: la casa in cui crebbero era circondata da ben tre cimiteri e, nonostante il luogo fosse dichiaratamente agghiacciante, loro lo adoravano. (Translation
Diario de Ibiza informs of the death of the painter Sarah Nechamkian who illustrated in 1947 a Wuthering Heights edition (by Saturn Press).  UpsideDown Books reviews the 2008 Classical Comics edition of Jane Eyre. W.W. Norton UK posts on Medium an excerpt of John Pfordsherer's The Secret History of Jane Eyre.  Finally, the Brontë Society Facebook Wall celebrates the 89th anniversary of the Brontë Parsonage Museum's opening in 1928.


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