Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Penguin Books gives tips for your literary holidays:
Haworth, West Yorkshire
Out on the wily, windy moors is a Parsonage that, even 200 years on, feels like it could be straight out of a Brontë novel. Sitting at the top of the winding cobbled street of the West Yorkshire village of Haworth, the Brontë Parsonage Museum library holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of letters and manuscripts. Nearby is the graveyard and the church, where most members of the family - bar Anne - are interred. 
Take the book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
The Nerd Daily interviews the writer Rachel Donohue:
Elise Dumpleton: Lastly, do you have any book recommendations for our readers?
R.D.: I am currently reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and find it quite captivating. It is both a prequel and reckoning to Jane Eyre.
Broadway World reviews the Natalie Walker solo show, MAD SCENES at 54 Below: 
Like an amalgam of Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Madeline Kahn, and Liza Minnelli, Natalie Walker burst into the basement like a tropical storm of talent, energy, and absolute originality, running through the audience in her manic and fully-Kate-Bush-informed "Wuthering Heights" in an act of defiance, decrying all that is commonplace, and though the program had highs and lows in its arc, that energy with which she started the evening never waned. (Stephen Mosher)
Stuff (New Zealand) recommends some films to watch on local TV:
A low-budget New Zealand film that won international awards on its release in 2017, Upstage (Monday, July 26, 8.30pm, Sky Arts) follows a group of thespians refining a new musical version of Wuthering Heights. After the leading lady storms out during the final dress rehearsal, the production team find themselves in an 11th hour crisis. (Alex Behan)
Cryptic puzzles (or something like that) in The Guardian
[M]y  pandemic-shattered memory was jogged by a splendid new book from US cryptic setters Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto, otherwise known as Trazom and Hot, who give a chapter to the letter bank alongside the reversal, the homophone and so on. Here’s one of theirs:
                    Existential question latent in Brontë’s letters (2,2,2,3,2,2)
So we take B, E, N, O, R and T and use them to make TO BE OR NOT TO BE. (Alan Connor)
SoloLibri (Italy) asks who about the most rebellious women writers:
Per quanto riguarda personaggi adulti, che dire di Helen Graham di La signora di Wildfell Hall di Anne Brontë? La meno conosciuta delle tre sorelle scrittrici ci ha lasciato in eredità un romanzo con un’eroina pazzesca. Ben lontana dal rispondere ai canoni attribuiti alla donna in epoca vittoriana, Helen ha il coraggio, nella sua epoca, non solo di lasciare il marito alcolizzato e violento, ma anche di ricostruirsi una vita da sola e con un figlio a carico. Altro che ribelle, addirittura un personaggio rivoluzionario, se pensiamo che il romanzo è stato scritto a metà dell’Ottocento. (Serena Di Bautista) (Translation)
Regió 7 (in Catalan) describes quite well the appeal of Anglophilia:
Havíem crescut amb el pop-rock que venia d’aquesta illa que era Europa però no ho era i, en el meu cas, ens havíem empatxat d’autores angleses, des de Jane Austen i les Brontë a Virginia Wolf, passant per l’americà més anglès, Henry James, i acabant pel que Jorge Herralde definiria abans del canvi de segle com el «dream team de la literatura britànica»: Ishiguro, Amis, Barnes, McEwan... (Susana Paz) (Translation)
El Confidencial (Spain) wonders if J.D. Salinger's The Catcher on the Rye still retains its cult-classic appeal:
Y no es que innovara especialmente Salinger disponiendo un yo todopoderoso en el centro del relato; sobre escribir novelas casi todo se inventó ya en el siglo XIX. Pero quizá sí nos coloca en un lugar novedoso en 1951: a escasos centímetros del palpitante, aterrado ego en construcción de un joven para el que el problema no es el dinero (Dickens) sino cómo gastarlo; no son los amores o desamores (Brontë, Austen, Flaubert) sino los demás, así en general. (Carlos Zúmer) (Translation)
GasteizBerri (in Basque) recommends Wuthering Heights:
Umetatiko lehen amodio bortitz, ero, galgarri, menderaezin baten historia da Gailur Ekaiztsuak. Minbizi bihurtutako bizi-min baten historia. Heathcliff da nobelaren ardatza. Machiavellorekin eta Sadeko Markesarekin lotu izan dute pertsonaia hori. Obsesio baten kontakizuna dugu, beraz, eleberria. Catherine Earnshawk bazter uzten duenean bere anaiorde Heathcliff –ijitokume bat, aitak Londrestik ekarria eta etxean hazia– Edgar Lintonekin ezkontzeko, Heathcliff urrundu egingo da, baina bi helburu hauek betetzera itzuliko da: Earnshawtarren etxea bereganatu, bere umetako maitearengandik hurbil egoteko, baina, batez ere, jabetzak ematen dion botereaz bere indarra erakusteko. Amodio destainatu baten istorioa da, beraz, Gailur Ekaiztsuak, baina hori baino gehiago ere aurkituko dugu eleberri honetan: amodio gutxietsiak eragindako mendeku baten kontakizuna, pasio menderaezin batena, baretu ezineko min bizi batena. (Translation)

The author Sarah Reid says in FantasyMundo (in Spanish) how Jane Eyre is one of her inspirations.

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