Tuesday, June 21, 2022

According to Digital Spy, we now have a date for the release of the film Emily:
Warner Bros has announced the release date of Sex Education star Emma Mackey's new movie Emily.
The biopic covering the early life of iconic novelist and poet Emily Brontë will be coming out on October 14, 2022. (Shaun Wren)
The New York Times reviews I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys by Miranda Seymour.
She’s best known, of course, as the author of “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1966), a postcolonial prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” Told from the point of view of Antoinette Cosway, Mr. Rochester’s Creole wife, the novel draws on Rhys’s own childhood on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
That novel was published when Rhys was 76, after the literary world had largely forgotten her. Readers raced to catch up. [...]
Rhys had a uniquely lonely intelligence, and a talent for facing hard truths. If all you know of her is “Wide Sargasso Sea,” this book will encourage you to branch out. That’s nearly — almost, maybe — worth the price of admission. (Dwight Garner)
Broadway World interviews actress/singer Laura Benanti.
 And then I won the very first Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award, which is like the Tony Awards of New Jersey for high schools. Then I didn't do my senior show, because part of winning it is that Papermill had me do a straight play called "Jane Eyre." Anne Hathaway was my understudy. (Jim Munson)
Unfounded stories spread fast. A contributor to Times of India claims that,
That saddened me as it reminded me that many of the the Bronte siblings also died of ‘consumption’ as their water source was infected and I was ruing how many good authors died early due to poor water sanitation and how difficult it was to get safe drinking water. (Tanushree Singh)
No, the Brontës didn't get consumption because of the water they drank. In the first place because consumption, which is tuberculosis, is transmitted through the air. And secondly, because the Brontës had a private well that didn't collect water from the churchyard (which the public dwell that they didn't have to use did). Patrick Brontë campaigned to get the Haworth inhabitants safer drinking water.

Kent online reports that people can now vote for their favourite design for a statue of author Aphra Behn to be erected in Canterbury.
Eminent Behn scholar Professor Elaine Hobby agrees, adding: "Without Behn, we wouldn’t have Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and other great writers; Behn gave other women the power to believe they could publish and succeed." (Lydia Chantler-Hicks)
Metropolitan magazine (Italy) has a short article on Elizabeth Gaskell mentioning her biography of Charlotte Brontë.

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