Friday, August 23, 2019

Glynnis Fawkes, author of the upcoming Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre, publishes some funny cartoon revisions of  "Nineteenth-Century Novels, with Better Birth Control", including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in The New Yorker.

Broadway World mentions a new Jane Eyre adaptation being produced in Brisbane (Australia) in the Fall:
One of the most iconic pieces of English literature will leap off the page when shake & stir theatre co's new stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre blazes into Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from 18 October to 9 November.
Co-adapted by shake & stir co-Artistic Directors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, this retelling of Brontë's gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging will see Michael Futcher direct an award-winning cast including Lee as Jane, alongside Helen Howard and Anthony Standish. (...)
The production will also feature original music written and performed live on stage by multi ARIA Award-winner and frontwoman of The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod, who will compose for theatre for the first time.
"Sarah is representing the mystery in Jane Eyre, which if you have read the book, makes up a very important part of the action. She is playing two characters, which live somewhat on the edge of the natural world. Through her music and these characters, she will be a big factor in helping us create the right atmosphere," said Lee. (...)
"As far as I'm concerned, Charlotte Brontë has given us one of the most charming yet sophisticated novels of the 19th century. With Jane, she gave us a typically unconventional heroine and managed to blend many of the most popular literature styles into one captivating story." 
Over Sixty interviews the writer Kate Forsyth:
Joanita Wibowo: What book do you think is underrated?
K.F.: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.
(....) J.W.: Which author(s) – living or deceased – would you most like to have dinner with?
K.F.: The Brontë sisters.
The Times and publisher's rejections or misguided reviews:
It would be fitting. And Mr Faber will know that disasters in editorial commissioning and reviews do happen. Of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a critic wrote: “We fancy that any real child will be more puzzled than amused by this stiff, overwrought story.” Of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, one contemporary reader lamented that it was a “crude and morbid story . . . that will never be generally read”. The editor of an American journal more recently rejected a short story from an English writer with the brusque message: “I’m sorry, Mr Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language”.
The Irish Times reviews the film Crawl by Alexandre Aja:
It certainly helps that the film is staffed by Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper, two terrific actors who ought to be much bigger stars than they are. Have you seen her Catherine in Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights? (Tara Brady)
The Telegraph & Argus talks about the death of pop stars as we knew them:
I remember my dad muttering behind his newspaper when Buster Bloodvessel came bounding on the telly, and my mum going on about that weird girl with frizzy hair screeching Wuthering Heights. I’d never seen, or heard, anything like Kate Bush before, and watching her on TOTP the first time was seminal. (Emma Clayton)
Les Échos (France) prepares the 'literary' rentrée with songs:
Devenir d'emblée un classique, c'est bien sûr ce à quoi rêvent tous les auteurs de premier roman. Les Hauts de Hurlevent d'Emily Brontë, auquel Bush rendit hommage en 1978, fut toutefois aussi son dernier. (Henri Gibier) (Translation)
BirGün (Turkey) recommends Wide Sargasso Sea:
Kitap: Geniş, Geniş Bir Deniz- Jean Rhys (1982)
Charlotte Brontë’nin ünlü eseri Jane Eyre (1847) hâlâ hafızanızdaysa, bu kitabı da okumalısınız. Kitaptaki “çatı katındaki deli kadının” ilham verdiği kitap, deliliği, kadınlığı, geçmişi ve eksik bırakılanları irdeler. Kronolojik olarak ilk kitaptan öncesini anlatır, bu nedenle bitirdiğinizde hikâyeler yapboz parçaları gibi birleşecektir. Kitapta anlatılan ilişkiler ve günümüzdeki yansımaları mutlaka okunmaya değer. (Translation)
Keighley News reports of a couple of activities concerning the twinning of Haworth and Macchu Picchu (Peru) that will take place the coming weeks at the Old School Room, near the Brontë Parsonage Museum. The Good Men Project quotes Emily Brontë in a sceptics vs believers discussion. Crosswalk quotes Charlotte Brontë on honeymoons (and disappointments).


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