Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:29 am by M. in , , ,    No comments
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News presents some book recommendations by local library staff:
Amy Ferguson works in Colfax and is the Albion branch manager. She encourages you to read “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. She says, “I freaking love this book and have read it multiple times over the years. It is such a great example of early feminist literature, a love story and creepy Gothic novel all in one! What more do you need?!” (Sarah Phelan-Blamires)
The Guardian interviews the writer Kit de Waal:
Hannah Beckerman: Which writers have most influenced your own writing?
KdW: I’m massively influenced by the classics because that’s what I started reading. I only read the classics for maybe 10 years. So Flaubert, Graham Greene, Charlotte Brontë. More recently, Sebastian Barry, Donal Ryan, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Liz Nugent. Anyone I admire I look at their writing and think: “God, how have you done that?”
Psychology Today talks about asexuality and quotes Viola Stefanello:
“References to people who felt no sexual desire toward others appeared in a German sexologist’s pamphlet in 1896,” Stefanello reports. “A number of historical figures are now believed to have been asexual: Emily Brontë, Salvador Dalí, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, just to name a few.” (Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.)
The Belfast Telegraph interviews Dame Esther Rantzen:
Gabrielle Fagan: Which literary character do you most relate to?
E.R.: "Jane Eyre. She was plain, put-upon, ignored and generally bullied, but she's so brilliantly described that, even though my life has been the exact opposite of hers in every way, I identify with her because Charlotte Brontë allows you to enter her soul."
Dallas Voice lists some of the best films of the year so far:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Oozing Gothic mystery and clandestine sexual tension, this period romantic drama about a female artist tasked with painting the portrait of an unwilling bride-to-be is as concerned with the artistic temperament as it is telling the story of a tentative love affair. The remote, wind-battered setting has been a sure-fire one since the days of the Brontë sisters and Henry James, but writer-director Celine Sciamma incisively uses her camera to paint her own images as seductively as Vermeer or Rembrandt. It’s as ravishing as its subject matter. (Arnold Wayne Jones)
Harper's Bazaar talks about
Wasp waist, puffed sleeves, fine lace: Queen Victoria's fashion heritage is redistributed as a fashion trend - with ease, as here with Mia Wasikowska in the film "Jane Eyre".
The Telegraph has a list of easy walks:
Hathersage Flower Meadows, Derbyshire
Distance: 6 miles
Start point: Hathersage railway station
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 3 hours
There are stunning views to be appreciated throughout this exceptionally scenic walk and two sites of protected flower-strewn hay meadow offer a real treat to summertime walkers. Fans of the works of Charlotte Brontë will enjoy spotting several places that are closely associated with the author, including Brookfield Manor, which inspired Vale Hall in her novel Jane Eyre.  (Madeleine Howell)
A reading list for self-isolation in The Jakarta Post:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Part of me has always been stuck in the 19th century, with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronteë and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James as its linchpins.
Jane Eyre follows the story of Jane, a seemingly plain girl as she battles through the many obstacles in her life: her cruel and abusive Aunt Reed, the grim conditions at Lowood school, her love for Rochester and Rochester's tortuous marriage to Bertha. However, Jane’s courage and wit win the day; she ends up marrying Rochester and they have children of their own.
Upon rereading, I just realized that the novel also gives us an insight into life during an epidemic. Even if Jane’s friend, Helen Burns, dies from consumption, not typhus, it reminds us that with COVID-19, we are just, as Amy Davidson Sorkin argues, “as vulnerable as the Victorians were — given the novelty of the virus, our lack of immunity and the inequalities that made its depredations worse”. (Laksmi Pamuntjak)
The Independent (Ireland) quotes from the book Making Ryan's Daughter: The Myths, Madness and Mastery by Paul Benedict Rowan:
[Sarah] Miles pretended that it was Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff that she was making love to as she breathed heavily and panted. It felt like [Christopher] Jones was asleep on top of her, and she couldn't move.
Flickering Myth reviews the film How To Build a Girl:
There’s also a cavalcade of cameos in the form of a shrine to famous women on Johanna’s bedroom wall, including Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as two of the Brontë sisters, Gemma Arterton as Maria Von Trapp and Sharon Horgan as Jo March from Little Women.  (Tom Beasley)
Anubha George in The Deccan Herald is rediscovering reading:
I finished my degree. Then, I stopped reading. It happened slowly, gradually. I didn’t even realise it. I would join book clubs, but never turn up. I got myself library memberships, but never borrowed a single book. Whenever I saw a bookstore, I went in and spent hours pulling the books out of the shelves, reading the back covers. I spent more time with the books I had already read and were my favourites: Wuthering Heights, Midnight’s Children, Persuasion, We need to talk about Kevin, Sophie’s Choice.
Q Magazine says about James McGowen from The Murder Capital band:
He’d make a good Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, brooding over the windy moors.
Tidningen Kulturen (in Swedish) talks about Emily Dickinson:
 Hennes mest produktiva period, 1860-talet, sammanfaller med det amerikanska inbördeskriget samt med flera religiösa väckelserörelser; om, och i så fall hur, Dickinson tog intryck av detta är omdiskuterat. Hon läste all slags samtida litteratur, t.ex. systrarna Brontë och George Eliot, poeten Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) och även klassiker, framför allt Shakespeare.  (Arne Belger) (Translation)
 Jornal Opção (Brazil) lists novels written by women:
Jane Eyre– Charlotte Brontë
Esse é um clássico (ver) do gênero romance gótico que foi publicado pela primeira vez em 1847. De narrativa em primeira pessoa, conta a história de Jane, uma personagem rebelde e cheia de vida que faz uma série de questionamentos, dentre eles, o da posição das mulheres na Inglaterra vitoriana.
O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes – Emily Brontë
Esse foi o único livro da autora, considerado hoje um clássico da literatura. A obra narra uma trágica história de amor e obsessão. Gira em torno dos personagens principais Catherine Earnshaw (geniosa) e de Heathcliff, irmão adotivo dela. (Translation)
Taxidrivers (Italy) on the works of Andrea Arnold:
Nel 2011 porta a termine un adattamento aspro, buio e veritiero, del romanzo di Emily Brontë, Cime tempestose. Mi ha spinto a rileggerlo dopo anni dal primo incontro. (Rita Andreetti) (Translation)
Mangiatori di Cervello (Italy) reviews the TV series Dark:
Un amore struggente tanto quanto quello di Heathcliff e Catherine in Cime tempestose. (Francesca Plesnizer) (Translation)
RadioTimes has a general knowledge quiz which includes a Brontë question;  MSN Entertainment lists Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights among the 'best pop songs to test your speakers'; Confessions of a Literature Lover reads Jane Eyre as a black woman.


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