Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The list of favourite books by Stevie Nicks in Far Out Magazine includes both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights:
There’s also a clear affection for the trailblazing feminist work of the Brontë sisters. Not only did she include the defiant work of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre but also her sister, Charlotte’s, seminal work Wuthering Heights. She noted once, “The beauty of both these classics is that they were fantastic when I was a teenager and they still appeal to me now as a 63-year-old woman.”
She even found room on her essential list, the ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea which focusses instead on Mrs Rochester, the ‘wild woman’ who features in Brontë’s novel. Stevie once said of Sargasso, “Jean Rhys wrote this book as a precursor to Jane Eyre because of her love for the Brontë novel. I saw the film adaptation of the book in the early 1990s and it inspired me to write the song of the same name on my album.”
House Beautiful lists the best homes in classic literature:
Mr. Rochester's Thornfield Hall
Although we don’t think hiding your ex-wife in your attic is a particularly great idea, Thornfield Hall is nonetheless an impressive home, and it plays a major role in Jane Eyre. Unfortunately, though, the home is ruined in a fire. As Charlotte Brontë wrote, “Thornfield Hall is quite a ruin; it was burned down just about harvest time. A dreadful calamity! Such an immense quantity of valuable property destroyed; hardly any other furniture could be saved.” She continues, “The fire broke out at dead of night, and before the engines arrived from Millcote, the building was one mass of flame. It was a terrible spectacle; I witnessed it myself.” This home adds to the gothic elements of Jane Eyre (even the name of the house sounds troubling), and it’s also part of Wide Sargasso Sea, which serves as both a prequel and a response to Jane Eyre, written by Jean Rhys. Two English manor houses may have served as inspiration for Thornfield Hall—High Sunderland Hall (which was demolished in 1951) and North Lees Hall (which still stands today), pictured. (Mary Elizabeth Andriotis)
A retired English teacher in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday looks back on her teaching years:
There were so many wow moments. The boys enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë more than the girls did, but they both enjoyed learning about the first Mrs Rochester in Wide Sargasso Sea by Dominican writer Jean Rhys. These books sparked heated discussions about cross-cultural love. (Debbie Jacob)
Keighley News reports how the Yorkshire Festival of Story is going online this August:
Yorkshire’s rich heritage will be celebrated as the Brontë Society explores the “fierce brilliance” of Anne Bronte in her bicentenary year. (David Knights) 
Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley expresses his views about the building of a waste incinerator in Morley. In Keighley News:
Should this proposed incinerator go ahead, this smell will blight our area on a permanent basis and could potentially have a damning and lasting effect on local tourist amenities, such as the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the beautiful Ilkley and Haworth moorlands, the breathtaking East Riddlesden Hall and the world-renowned Bronte Parsonage, all of which draw visitors to our area from all over the world and add immensely to our local economy.
The personal reader history of Lin Li Ng on SBS:
On another occasion the same teacher recommended to my class works by authors such as Charlotte Brontë, DH Lawrence and JD Salinger. That texts written by diverse writers weren’t included on many book lists gave me the sense early on that they were of no value (if they even existed at all).
El País (Argentina) recommends an interview with Mariana Enríquez in the podcast Pila de Libros:
Mariana Enríquez pasó por Pila de libros, para recomendar eligió Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë y la entrevista fue tan rica que debieron subirla en dos partes (episodios 3 y 4).
Además de analizar y debatir la novela de Brontë, los conductores del ciclo estaban tan fascinados con Nuestra parte de noche que indagaron una y otra vez sobre los personajes, las situaciones y las influencias de la novela. (Nahuel Billoni) (Translation)
More Florencia Kirchner's mentions on the Brontës. El Intransigente (Argentina) posts again today:
La guionista y amante de la literatura compartió una captura de un intercambio con una amiga y eso, la inspiró a escribir unas palabras: «Un aviso de @ileana.bs hace unos momentos y la luna que no quiso que la vea. Pienso en el poema Frances de Charlotte Brontë . Y pasó más rato, y quiero que afuera haya pero no hay». (Translation)
Galería (Uruguay) talks about The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. Particularly of the collaboration in the screenplay of Diane Johnson and Kubrick himself:
También leyeron mucho. Freud (su ensayo Lo siniestro) y Bettelheim (Psicoanálisis de los cuentos de hadas) fueron fuentes de información y consulta casi constante, como también lo fueron Cumbres borrascosas, Jane Eyre y los relatos de (y estudios sobre) Poe. (Juan Andrés Ferreira) (Translation)
Contro Copertina's horoscope (Italy) mentions Wuthering Heights. An Italian blog tour is taking place reviewing books by the Brontës (Agnes Grey, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights). All the details can be found on Infermieranerd. I Believe in Pixie Dust (in French) reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and La Estantería de Cho (in Spanish) posts about Jane Eyre.


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