Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Washington Post talks about the works of Andrew Lang:
In “Old Friends: Essays in Epistolary Parody” Lang devises possible encounters between characters from differing works of fiction. For instance, Catherine Morland, the gothic novel devotee of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” relates a visit to the home of Charlotte Brontë’s Mr. Rochester: “No sooner had I entered this battlemented mansion than a cold chill struck through me, as with a sense of some brooding terror.” She notes, in particular, the bizarre behavior of the governess, a Miss Eyre, and the sound of unseen but hideous laughter. (Michael Dirda)
Vulture discusses the legendary Broadway flop, Moose Murders:
The show’s writer, Arthur Bicknell, was riding high in the early 1980s. By the age of 30, he’d penned two Off Broadway productions: Masterpieces, about the lone Brontë brother, and another called My Great Dead Sister. (Bicknell calls them “successes”; New York’s critic John Simon referred to the latter as “a flop” and also suggested that anybody who missed out on Moose Murders might go see the Brontë play, then running in a production at Ithaca College, to get a sense of it.) (Madison Malone Kircher)
Paste Magazine interviews the singer Chrissie Hynde who once again says:
“You know a song is a success,” Hynde says, “when it can be applied to different situations like that. It enhances the experience. It’s like reading a novel, and you suddenly go, ‘God, I know exactly how that feels, but I’ve never known how to express it.’ I just read Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and I felt the same way. The language was beyond beautiful. Music does the same thing, but it has the advantage of being concise.” (Geoffrey Himes)
The Reclaim Her Name initiative is also discussed on CNN and the Daily Mail:
Writing under male or androgynous pen names became increasingly common among female authors in the 19th century. Some of the most famous writers of all time have adopted pseudonyms in the hope of attracting wider audiences without gender-based stigma -- "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott and the Brontë sisters, for instance. (Jessie Yeung)
Charlotte Brontë originally published Jane Eyre as Currer Bell. Suspicion grew that the author was a woman until Brontë's identity was eventually revealed. Her sister Emily's Wuthering Heights went under the name Ellis Bell. (Jennifer Ruby)
Berkshire Live and others list questions of the A-level exams like:
6. Who wrote the novel Wuthering Heights? (Neil Shaw)
El Correo (Spain) interviews the actor Colin Firth about the new The Secret Garden film:
María Estévez: Archibald es un personaje que intimida.
-Es un enigma a los ojos de Mary. Es el monstruo tratando de ocultarse de 'La bella y la bestia' o 'Jane Eyre'. A Archibald no le vemos hasta bien entrada la trama y, cuando lo encontramos, es una experiencia intimidante para ella. Hay algo monstruoso en él y ella tiene razón al llamarlo monstruo. (Translation)
The same film is reviewed on Vertigo (Belgium):
Er zijn zeker overeenkomsten met gotische verhalen zoals Jane Eyre van Charlotte Brontë en Rebecca van Daphne du Maurier, maar The Secret Garden richt zich tot een jonger publiek en scenarist Jack Thorne heeft dat gerespecteerd. (Chris Craps) (Translation)
Autumn is coming. Libertatea (Romania) and alfemminile (Italy) cannot wait and lists quotes about the season, including Emily Brontë's.

Finally, another digital alert for today:
Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Managing Director Michael Stotts have announced special, all-access, previously live events. Join Paper Mill each week as we stream select choices of our Humanities Symposiums, and New Voices Concerts from years past, plus an all new feature–Babbling by the Brook–a weekly conversation from our very own Producing Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee.
All will appear on both the Facebook and YouTube pages at 7PM EST, and be available for viewing after as well.
Thursday, August 13 – Humanities Symposium Series: The Brontës. Join us on the set of the 1997 production of Jane Eyre. Hosted by Robert Johanson and including cast members Glory Crampton, Tom Hewitt, Ruth Moore, and Elizabeth Roby. (via Times Square Chronicles)


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