Saturday, August 08, 2020

Yorkshire Post features Finola Austin and her novel Brontë's Mistress.
“I came across this passage in which Gaskell writes this character assassination of Lydia Robinson – she calls her this ‘wretched woman’ who tempted Branwell into this ‘deep disgrace of a deadly crime’. She doesn’t name Lydia but it would have been clear to people reading who this woman was. In fact Gaskell was forced to retract when Robinson threatened to sue, but it really set the tone for how Brontë fans and academics have viewed Lydia Robinson since then and I began to wonder whether anyone had written the story of the affair with Branwell from her point of view.
“I also liked the idea of putting another woman in opposition with the Brontë sisters.
“As much as I love Charlotte’s writing her heroines are often of a similar type – poor and plain, young and virginal – and here is this older, beautiful, wealthy woman who has had five children, but she is still a woman and she is still trapped.
“You can see this hostility in Charlotte’s writing towards women who are more conventionally attractive and that’s something I wanted to explore. So while the book is a commentary on 19th century society, it is also bringing in some of the concerns of 21st century feminism as well.”
Brontë scholars have long been divided on the details of the affair, so Austin is prepared for the fact that her book might ruffle a few feathers.
“I’m sure there are going to be people who will disagree with me and I’d love to engage in that debate,” she says. “But while I think what I wrote could have happened, and I’ve tried hard to stay true to the historical record, it is a novel and I made choices to make it as interesting a novel as possible.”
She includes an author’s note detailing what is true and what is not, but as she says. “I’m a novelist and we like telling great stories.” And it is a great story, extremely adeptly told by Austin. She’s already working on her next novel – and she’s definitely one to watch. (Yvette Huddleston)
According to Business Insider India, Emily Brontë is one of '12 literary one-hit wonders we wish had written more'.
Emily Brontë died in 1848, just one year after writing her one and only novel, Wuthering Heights.
The Brontë sisters all met untimely deaths, and Emily was no different. She died due to tuberculosis at age 30, but not before publishing "Wuthering Heights," a classic piece of English literature about two star-crossed lovers, Catherine and Heathcliff, that spans generations. (Gabbi Shaw)
A contributor to Darling tells about how she 'Overcame the Insecurities That Kept Me From a Love of Reading'.
I am an avid reader.
In 2020, I have read 40 books of various genres so far. I am currently reading “Wuthering Heights” for the first time! [...]
It has taken me a long time to feel confident enough to read classics. Even novels such as “Little Women,” which is characterized as a children’s book, I avoided until I was 19 years old due to the fear that I would not finish and be shunned from the reading community for not loving the beloved work.
I felt the same with “Emma” by Jane Austen and currently “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë. Those books are highly esteemed, especially among women, and I was worried about the judgment I would face if I was not able to understand them. Yet, once I started them, I loved each one and wished I could read them for the first time again. (Shannon Huurman)
Nouse features Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
Stylistically, Rebecca holds many similarities to Jane Eyre. Both novels chronicle the life of a poorer woman whose love for a richer, older man is almost thwarted by the man’s ex-wife. Those who have read Brontë’s novel will likely enjoy and note the similarities between Mr. De Winter’s Rebecca and Mr. Rochester’s Bertha Mason. (Emily Mellows)
According to Esquire, Wide Sargasso Sea is one of '15 Extraordinary Books You Can Read in One Sitting'.
“There is always another side, always,” writes Jean Rhys in her chilling, dreamlike prequel to Jane Eyre, where she inhabits another side to Charlotte Brontë’s madwoman in the attic. Years before Jane Eyre, we meet Antoinette Cosway, a sensual but sheltered European heiress raised at the isolating intersection of European and Jamaican culture. When Antoinette is sold into marriage to Edward Rochester, the second son of a wealthy family looking to further enrich himself through her inherited fortune, she is soon driven to despair through Rochester's restrictive cruelties. At just 176 pages of gorgeous imagery and turbulent emotions, Wide Sargasso Sea rolls over you like a hazy island fever dream, diving deep into how years of degradation can drive a woman to the brink. (Adrienne Westenfeld)
Noticias (Uruguay) reviews El texto encuentra un cuerpo by Margo Glantz.
En estas páginas repasa la literatura sentimental y dieciochesca tanto como la narrativa libertina o pornográfica que ancló en los personajes femeninos antes que en el romanticismo. O recorre la literatura inglesa, francesa y norteamericana escrita por y para mujeres, de Austen a las Brontë, de Elliot a Woolf, de Bowen a Warthon, de Lafayette a Nin. (Adriana Lorusso) (Translation)
Design Week chats to Penguin Creative creative director Tim Lane.
As Lane explains, illustration drives a lot of what the team does. On the website, these cover topics as diverse as Brexit, how books can help family arguments at Christmas, and why Anne is the underrated Brontë sister. (Molly Long)
Mashable recommends the new TV series The Deceived comparing it to Jane Eyre (no mention of Scooby-Doo though).
As they adjust to living together in a partially burned-down house (yes, the house where his wife perished!), the vibe is deeply reminiscent of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. (Rachel Thompson)
Lancashire Post recommends it too.
Think Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight, or Jane Eyre and the madwoman in the attic. (Phil Cunnington)
The Independent features Timothy Dalton.
Dalton has form with wounded heroes. I first saw him on screen as the (true to text) witty and brooding and (untrue to text) handsome Mr Rochester in the 1983 BBC miniseries of Jane Eyre. My mum called him “dishy” and swooned as she told me she had done when he played Heathcliff in Robert Fuest’s Wuthering Heights (1970). It’s a character type he also sent up to wicked effect in Hot Fuzz. (Helen Brown)
Slate has 'Two former fans discuss Midnight Sun' by Stephenie Meyer.
Hampton: Wow that is exactly what repels me from him (and Bella). Every allusion to classical literature or music or anything of note made me want to gag from pretension. Oh, you both love Jane Eyre and hate disco? How original. Liking Victorian fiction is not a substitute for a personality! (Rachelle Hampton and Rebecca Onion)
Harrogate Advertiser lists some 'Yorkshire film and TV locations to see during a 'staycation' holiday in region'.
While Brimham Rocks has played a starring role in such titles as Jane Eyre (1996), Wuthering Heights (1970), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988) and Ivanhoe (1997). (John Blow)
One of the questions of this weekend's quiz in The Guardian is
1 Which writers attended the Clergy Daughters’ school at Cowan Bridge?


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