Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Telegraph & Argus publishes a continuation of this article about the appalling sanitary conditions of mid-nineteenth century Haworth. (Remember that the complete article will appear in The Bradford Antiquary (No. 83) edited by Dave Pendleton, out August/September): 
There was opposition to reform, often based on financial cost, while some blamed poor health on the mists descending from the moors. But the reformers, who included Patrick Brontë, successfully fought a bitter battle against ignorance and opposition, and the Local Board set about improving sewage, drainage, and reducing public nuisances; removing night soil, emptying cesspits and cleansing streets. (...)
In Haworth, Patrick Brontë complained about the ignorance of many of the inhabitants. Religion played a significant part during the 40 years he was vicar at St Michael’s. In 1851 there were potentially 500 attendees, but three times as many went to the three Wesleyan and Baptist chapels. The Methodists opened a school in 1821, and the Church of England founded a National School in 1832. Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell taught there. (Read more) (Dave Wellbourne)
Revista Central (México) devotes an article to Emily Brontë. The title is a bit misleading and the tone is quite tabloidy but, in general, it is accurate:
La escritora británica Emily Brontë es ampliamente reconocida y recordada por Cumbres Borrascosas, de temperamento único y personalidad excepcional, Emily al igual que sus hermanas cargó con un amor-dolor durante toda su vida, su hermano Branwell Brontë. (...)
Se dice que la unión entre Emily y Branwell fue bastante cercana, quienes tenían más afinidad de entre los hermanos, tanto así que durante largos periodos lo cuidó durante las noches de acongojo, tiempo que aprovechaba también para escribir Cumbres Borrascosas.
Muchos historiadores aseguran que la verdadera muerte de Emily fue a causa de un corazón roto después de que su hermano falleciera a causa de la tuberculosis, un trágico final al que todos los hermanos se enfrentaron. (Read more) (Marilú Morales) (Translation) 
Metropolitan Magazine (Italy) has another chronicle of Emily Brontë's life. Basically the tragic moments and practically no mention of her literary achievements:
Il 30 Luglio 1818, a Thornton, nacque Emily Jane Brontë, una famosa scrittrice britannica. La sua opera più importante, considerata il classico mondiale per eccellenza dell’età vittoriana, fu “Cime Tempestose”, datata 1847, anno prima della sua morte, avvenuta a soli 30 anni per tubercolosi. Viene ricordata anche perchè sorella minore di Charlotte Brontë, la nota autrice britannica del romanzo Jane Eyre. (Giusy Celeste) (Translation)
Offaly Express reports some of the books presented at the recent That Beats Banagher festival:
Two of the books were published in 2021. They focus on Charlotte Brontë and her husband Arthur Bell Nicholls. The couple honeymooned in Banagher in July 1854. The famous novelist enjoyed her stay in the town and she also wrote of her happiness. She was happy because of her husband. She wrote that she was thankful to God for the affection and devotion “of a truthful, honourable, unboastful man.” The two novels which focussed on Charlotte and Arthur were written by Michael O'Dowd and Pauline Clooney. Michael and Pauline took part in this year's That Beats Banagher festival. They told us that they also took part in a literary festival in Bradford last year, during which there was a debate about Arthur Bell Nicholls' character. The motion was that Nicholls was a 'driveller' (previously it had been that he was a 'monster' but this had been changed). During the debate Pauline and Michael vehemently defended Nicholls' character. As evidence they pointed to Charlotte's own statements about the matter. Time and again she praised her husband's personality. (Derek Fanning)
Best places in Yorkshire to take someone who has not visited Yorkshire before according to the Yorkshire Post:
14. Haworth
Also known as Brontë country, Haworth is one of the most famous villages in Yorkshire that brings in visitors from all over the world every year. It was the home of the cherished Brontë family and many of their novels have been inspired by it. (Liana Jacob)

Crime authors are asked for their favourite novels in The Guardian:

Favourite thriller of all time?
Karin Slaughter: The Talented Mr Ripley is a case study in character-building through suspense. It is the first book that made me understand what an antihero can do. Heathcliff is so passive and broody. Ripley murders people and you’re really, really hoping he’ll get away with it.

Memories of school days in Maharashtra in The Times of India:
 A dramatized version of David Copperfield, a question comparing William Wordsworth’s Daffodils with The Solitary Reaper, an extract from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a good amount of informative prose about important figures like Homi Babha and Mahatma Jyotibha Phule as well as on honey, silk, paper, wildlife sanctuaries, and stories, poems and writings from some of the best authors from around the world bound in 214 pages. 
This was what the then newly minted Balbharati (Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production & Curriculum Research) decided that students studying in Std VII of the state board would study as a part of their English textbook in the then young state of Maharashtra. (Ardhra Nair)
American Songwriter explores Kate Bush's not so well known songs:
  “L’Amour Looks Something Like You” (from The Kick Inside – 1978) (...) It has since fallen by the wayside in favor of the Emily Brontë-inspired standout from the record. While the exploding chorus of “Wuthering Heights” is enough to bring anyone over to Bush’s side, “L’Amour” is a strong show of her bold lyricism and lilting vocals. It’s a transporting track with those keen Bush visuals fans know and love. (Alex Hopper)
According to Nation Cymru, The Great Welsh Auntie Novel by John Geraint:
Makes Wuthering Heights read like one of those Mediterranean beach romances that ‘Jac’ imagined that his ‘Auntie’ must be engrossed in, all those times she went quiet on him.
Clara Magazine (Spain) lists the books you should read to be a cultivated person, no less: 
Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë
Al igual que en el caso anterior, las adaptaciones de esta gran obra, una de las que dieron a Brontë su gran fama, son ampliamente conocidas. Pero si quieres conocer la literatura universal a fondo y ser más culta, debes acudir a la fuente de esta tormentosa historia de amor para hacerlo. Te aseguro que la magistral pluma de la autora hará que no te des cuenta de que estás leyendo un clásico de la literatura en lugar una novela moderna. (Celia Pérez León) (Translation)
Macitynet (Italy) selects novels for young people to read in summer:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
 Qualche volta questo romanzo di Charlotte Brontë torna nelle nostre liste di libri. C’è un motivo. Lo spiega ottimamente Remo Cesarani nella postfazione al volume: “Jane Eyre racconta la storia dell’educazione sentimentale di una giovane istitutrice inglese, orfana e di umili origini, che ottiene alla fine, dopo molte peripezie, la felicità in amore unendosi all’ardente, impetuoso Edward Rochester, suo padrone; con questa si intreccia una precedente e tragica storia d’amore e follia che ha avuto per protagonisti Edward e Bertha, la donna strappata alla sua terra caraibica e relegata come pazza in una soffitta nella grande magione di Rochester: Thornfield Hall. Il romanzo è stato accolto con grande favore dal pubblico e da buona parte dei critici. E il favore e la popolarità sono durati a lungo e durano tuttora: ne fanno fede le molte edizioni, le traduzioni in tutte le lingue e la serie di adattamenti cinematografici, televisivi, teatrali e musicali; basti qui ricordare i numerosi film e le serie televisive prodotte dalla BBC”. (Antonio Dini) (Translation)

Many news outlets talk about the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever event around the world: Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Independent, Barron's, TMZ, Newstalk, Blue Montains Gazette, The Advertiser, Esslinger Zeitung, FolkbladetHelsingborgs Dagblad, SydsvenskanSkånska DagbladetUpsala Nya Tidning, ZDF, NTV, The Weston Forum, BBC News, GPB, Metro, Daily Mail, News18, Malaymail, Edinburgh News, RTÉ, Fox Bangor.  ... 

A Charlotte Brontë quote in this list of friendship quotes published in DiLei (Italy). Parade Magazine compiles poems celebrating Life, including Charlotte Brontë's Life and Emily Brontë's Farewell.

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