Sunday, July 04, 2021

 Who is Bradford's biggest name? The Telegraph & Argus tries to answer (once again) this question:
The Brontës
Born in Thornton, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, the 19th-century literary family, are also associated with the village of Haworth, with both places now popular tourist spots.
The sisters are well known as poets and novelists, with their classics including Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre still as popular today.
Their brother, Patrick Branwell Brontë, was an English painter and writer who died aged 31 in 1848. (Mark Stanford)
Psychology Today talks about morning sickness, then and now:
“A wren would have starved on what she ate during those last six weeks,” records the contemporary biographer of Charlotte Brontë, author of the 1847 novel Jane Eyre. (SP Allison and Lobo, 2020; Weiss, 1991).
Though Brontë’s death certificate indicated she had phthisis (tuberculosis) and several of her siblings had died of TB, there was no indication she herself had the disease. Instead, though not all sources agree (Maynard, 1983), many believe that Brontë, newly and happily married, was indeed pregnant and was suffering from the pernicious vomiting of pregnancy, i.e., hyperemesis gravidarum. Ultimately Brontë died from her illness, just weeks shy of her 39th birthday. She had been married only nine months. (...)
Further, increased circulating levels of GDF15 are seen in women whose nausea and vomiting continue during the second trimester: GDF15 has been implicated in the development of the pernicious vomiting of pregnancy, i.e., hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) (Petry et al., 2018), the disease from which Charlotte Brontë is thought to have suffered and died. (Sylvia R. Karasu M.D.)
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner describes some car routes through Yorkshire:
You’ll soon discover that a lot in Haworth is ‘Old’ and full of history, as this is where the Brontë family once lived and wrote the books that would place this moorland village on the map.
If you have time, take a look around the Brontë parsonage - their old home - or the atmospheric church and graveyard where some are buried, and the Black Bull pub, which Branwell would drink in. (Chris Pickles)
The Manila Times (Philippines) interviews the actor Alden Richards:
Set to premiere on GMA Network this evening after "Saksi" is his highly anticipated teleserye comeback titled, "The World Between Us" (TWBS). (...)
Inspired by the literary cult classic, "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Brontë, a stellar cast joins Richards in what he declares would likely become his "best teleserye in the last five years." (Tessa Mauricio-Arriola)
The Hindu recalls reading then and now:
Later as I grew up, I got introduced to the pleasures of Wodehouse, Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, the plays of Shakespeare, and the story telling of Tagore and Rider Haggard. The racy novels of Alistair Maclean, Frederick Forsyth, James Hadley Chase and the like would, in later years, be complemented by the likes of Dostoevsky, Leon Uris and even what may be considered in today’s times as the “slow-moving” Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë or Arthur Conan Doyle. (Ashok Warrier)
Keighley News has an alert for next Saturday (July 10) in Haworth:
Author Karen Perkins will be signing copies of her book – Parliament of Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country – in Haworth next Saturday (July 10).
She will be at Wave of Nostalgia, in Main Street, from 2pm.
“This is a book full of suspense and chills set in historical Haworth and on the Brontë moors and it features Emily herself – just the kind of novel we love in my bookshop!” said Diane Park, owner of Wave of Nostalgia. (Alistair Shand)
The Irish Examiner is talking about tourism and property value in Kilkee:
Long before the Wild Atlantic Way found sway, the resort community started its tourism journey 200 years ago, in 1820, when a ferry from Limerick to Kilrush put Kilkee on a visitors’ map and holiday horizon, drawing appreciative visitors for bathing and beauty from all over Ireland and Britain, including Charlotte Bronte, who chose to honeymoon here. (Tommy Barker)
The Observer interviews artist Paula Rego:
Kate Kellaway: There are questions of domination in many of your paintings. The question about who is mastering – or mistressing – whom feels particularly key in Snare (1987) and some of the Jane Eyre pieces. How far do you see relationships as a power struggle?
P.R.::It’s part of it. Some people can feel more dominant than others, but a maid can have power over her mistress. The meekest person can manipulate.
The Irish Examiner interviews writer Lisa McInerney:
Your favourite literary character?
It’s a toss-up between Hans Castorp from The Magic Mountain, if you like your literary lads idealistic, thirsty, self-centred and daft, and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, who gets all the best lines like the devil he is. He’s no romantic hero, but God, is he fun.
The Independent (Ireland) presents the book  Look! It’s a Woman Writer! Irish Literary Feminisms, 1970-2020, edited by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne:
As for books written by women, Ní Dhuibhne remembers only Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson and the Brontës (who, as Mary Rose Callaghan observes wryly, ‘had been obliged to pretend they were men’). It was at UCD that it dawned on Máiríde Woods that ‘being a woman might be a disadvantage – brilliance seeming male-slanted’. (Paula McGrath)
If you like the TV series Anne with an E you will love Jane Eyre, according to Newsnation:
Anne loves to read whenever she can get the chance, and one of her favorite books is Jane Eyre. She read the gothic novel in the orphanage and frequently quotes the governess's wise thoughts.
Jane Eyre goes to work at a mansion owned by Edward Rochester, a mysterious and wealthy man. Jane falls in love with him, but everything changes when she discovers that he has a dark secret. (Oliver moure)
On London and All Saints in Margaret Street, London:
William Butterfield’s Grade 1-listed All Saints in Margaret Street is a Gothic masterpiece. The architecture critic Ian Nairn said it can only be understood in terms of overwhelming passion: “Here is the force of Wuthering Heights translated into dusky red and black bricks, put down in a mundane Marylebone street to rivet you, pluck you into the courtyard with its harsh welcoming wings and quivering steeple”. (Victor Keegan)

BuzzFeed as a historical figures quiz that includes (but not includes) Charlotte Brontë. La Opinión de Murcia (Spain) reminds us that the Brontës used a pseudonym.


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