Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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The Halifax Courier features this Calderdale home for sale which has links to the Brontës:
An historic home with links to the renowned Brontë family is for sale on the edge of Todmorden, close to Hebden Bridge.
The Old Vicarage is a stunning property surrounded by countryside - a period home made modern and extremely comfortable, with a large, open plan kitchen and six bedrooms.
The Brontë sisters, Anne, Charlotte and Emily, with their brother Branwell, stayed at the house when visiting their great uncle, the Rev John Fennell of Stone Cross Church, in 1829. This was one of two recorded stays and occurred following the loss of their mother, Maria Brontë.
In one of her surviving letters, Charlotte, then aged 13, wrote about poor weather during their stay, but recorded their reading and lessons while there. Another visit took place in 1840 when they viewed the newly built church at Stone Cross. (Sally Burton)
Newswires reports an interesting musical project by the composer Lisa Logan:
Brief information about the composer: Lisa Logan is an emerging composer, her first opera A Silver Spoon: the love story of Princess Diana and Dodi will be a premiere. She is currently workshopping her second opera Brontë, composed during lockdown, based upon an acclaimed play by leading female playwright Polly Teale. Bronte, the opera has recently been given support from Britten Pears Arts via its composer residency scheme and an Arts Council of England DYCP award.
Waif girls in literature in The Independent:
The Waif Girl in literature has been around much longer than Frances, but 170 years ago she had substance. In Wuthering Heights she was Cathy, roaming the moors with Heathcliff, as wild and violent as the nature that surrounded her. Emily Brontë’s sister, Charlotte, wrote a Waif Girl in the form of Jane Eyre – quieter and more timid than Cathy, but just as radical in her independence of thought. (Roisin O'Connor)
Northern Beaches Review recommends the production of Jane Eyre by shake & stir:
Don't miss Charlotte Bronte's gothic tale Jane Eyre at Glen Street Theatre. It tells the story of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging. Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original production, from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co. Features original music by multi ARIA award winner Sarah McLeod. (Nadine Morton)
CBD News talks about the novel The Lessons by John Purcell:
One of the characters is Jane Curtin, a famous novelist, who analyses the craft during an interview on stage in New York.
She is a breakout author from the ‘60s with vague connections to the Tory Party.
“I wanted to make her rich and interesting,” Purcell said.
Her life and that of her niece Daisy are constructed out of Brontë and Austen novels. (Rhonda Dredge)
The Times publishes the obituary of the travel writer Detvla Murphy:
She was never deterred by language barriers and relished being invited into the homes of Bulgarian factory workers, Afghan villagers and retired Pakistani military officers. In the mullah-dominated country of the Great Salt Desert in Iran she found herself stoned by youths one day but followed by adoring schoolboys clutching copies of Jane Eyre the next.
Collider lists films based in 'gothic novels':
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Emily Brontë's 1847 novel is a tale of class disparity and love lost. Poor orphan boy Heathcliff is taken in by the Earnshaw family, where he forms a bond with his foster sister Catherine. When the Earnshaw patriarch dies, Heathcliff is demoted to servant status and Catherine marries a member of the gentry. Heathcliff takes his revenge, eventually becoming master of Wuthering Heights but is forever haunted by the ghost of his beloved Catherine, who he could never be with.
While Andrea Arnold's 2011 film isn't particularly entertaining, it does stay true to the Gothic themes of isolation and emotional turmoil. The cinematography is gritty, utilizing shots of the sublime landscape surrounding Wuthering Heights and drawing attention to the strikingly cruel acts Heathcliff has to suffer through. The lack of dialogue is unnerving at times but functions as a true representation of the mysterious characters in the book.  (Daniella Di Carlo)
The Hindu reviews the novel Verity by Colleen Hoover:
The most remarkable thing about Verity for me was Hoover’s writing style. She knows how to set an atmosphere – I was constantly reminded of the Brontë sisters. Jane Eyre in particular kept popping up in my head: a house with a weird dark vibe, a limited number of characters, limited outside contact, classic elements of Gothic horror.
According to Otakukart, Jane Eyre 1983 has become an iconic TV series:
This British television drama series is an adaptation of a novel written by Charlotte Brontë with the same title. It aired on BBC1 network, from 9th October to 18th December 1983. Barry Leopold Letts was its producer and it was written by Julian Charles Becket Amyes. It starred Zelah Clarke as Jane Eyre, the female protagonist, and Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett as Edward Fairfax Rochester. It had a total of 11 weekly episodes. (Neha Mishra)
Nerds and Beyond reviews A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall:
Gracewood is, without a doubt, one of the best leading men in recent memory. He is best described as a combination of Rochester from Jane Eyre and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but he is so unique that it almost does him a disservice to make the comparison at all. (Jules)
Tribuna do Norte (Brazil) talks about the writer Florencia Bonelli:
Florencia encontrou o ponto de partida para abraçar a literatura quando leu o romance Jane Eyre, da inglesa Charlotte Brontë, um clássico de 1847, e que ganhou de presente do seu pai, que a incentivava sempre no ato da leitura. (...)
“O livro de Charlotte Brontë me causou uma sensação diferente, uma vontade de ler que superava a dos livros anteriores”, disse a escritora, que aos 10 anos já havia lido autores como Mark Twain, Júlio Verne e Louisa May Alcott. (Alex Medeiros) (Translation)
La Voz de Galicia (Spain) interviews Spanish writer María Oruña:
Ana Abelenda: Además de un caso por resolver, hay grandes compañías en esta novela: Henry James, Percy y Mary Shelley, Walter Scott, las Brontë... ¿Por qué?
M.O.: Todo lo que escribimos es fruto de ese pensamiento que crearon otros autores. Algún lector me dice: «¡Ah, La cabaña del Tío Tom [que sale también en la novela] lo escribió una mujer!». Es alucinante cómo hemos olvidado todo ese bagaje cultural que da base a lo que somos. (Translation)

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