Glass Town in New York

Today, in New York, a special performance of Glass Town:
Pete's Candy Store
August 26, 9:00 PM

Book, music, & lyrics by Miriam Pultro
Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Music direction by Katrien Van Riel

'Charlotte' (vox, keys) - Miriam Pultro
'Branwell' (guitar, vox) - Eddy Marshall
'Emily' (vox, bass) - Katrien Van Riel
'Anne' (vox) - Emma Claye

Drums, keys, guitar - Matt DeMaria
Violin - Laura Zawarski
Cello - Anthime Miller
A rock requiem starring the Brontë siblings -- Anne, most feminist and most faithful, a neosoul star; Emily, melancholy alt-rock prodigy; Branwell, full of the blues; and Charlotte, fiery frontwoman, desperate for recognition and love. A staged concept album that defies traditional musical theatre, Glass Town explores familial bonds, grief, and isolation, using the literary family as archetypal touchstones.

Burn it

The most anticipated books for the autumn season in Los Angeles Times:
Mothers, Fathers, and Others by Siri Hustvedt
“We think back through our mothers if we are women,” Virginia Woolf wrote in “A Room of One’s Own.” In this new essay collection, Hustvedt, the incisive novelist and critic, thinks back through her own family to deconstruct the maternal through the work of “artistic mothers” including Jane Austen, Emily Brontë and Louise Bourgeois. (Jessica Ferri)
The highly pernicious combination of the woke+cancellation culture is again in the news with the accusations against Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came to Tea! but Hilary Rose in The Times thinks that the promoters have not gone far enough:
And in case you thought the problem was confined to children’s books, it isn’t. Jane Eyre is about attempted bigamy and a man who locks up his wife because she suffers from mental health problems. The fact that it’s also magnificent, and nobody ever came away thinking that bigamy is a good idea, is neither here nor there. Burn it.
El Punt-Avui (in Catalan) reviews the book Cartas olvidadas de Jane Eyre y Anna Karenina by Eugènia Tusquets and Marga Iriarte:
El resultat és un experiment que travessa gèneres entre la ficció i la realitat, un exercici que pren la vida com a principal objecte de reflexió a partir de l’original reficcionat. Les autores sintetitzen que “filar dues societats, l’anglesa i la russa, dos models de protagonistes literàries –la primera simbolitza el coratge davant les injustícies; l’altra, la insatisfacció amorosa i la rebel·lia estèril–, ha exigit una lectura atenta de les dues obres i, el més important, la sintonia mental i emocional amb elles. El personatge de Jane Eyre el va construir Charlotte Brontë i les seves vivències són un artefacte potent que desmunta les aparences de novel·la romàntica; denuncia un sistema social abusiu, el qual sotmet les dones a l’esclavitud econòmica i social. A l’altra banda, Lev Tolstoi s’imagina Anna Karènina i la fa adúltera, perquè vol –i ho aconsegueix– despullar la hipocresia, el cinisme i les desigualtats socials que emergeixen al llarg de la novel·la.” (David Castillo) (Translation)

Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley, writes in The Telegraph & Argus against the closing of the Haworth Main Street Post Office. Interesting Literature posts about Jane Eyre. Donna Glamour (Italy) lists Autumn quotes (already!) and Emily Brontë is featured.

Finally, an alert for today, January 25, in Goito (Italy): 
Teatro Magro e Charta presents
Biblioteca di Goito, August 25, 9:00 PM
Directed by Flavio Cortellazzi
With Agata Torelli and  Iulian Puscasu.

L’attore conosce a memori
a il libro. Lo conosce bene, benissimo, “a menadito” in ogni sua pagina, in ogni anfratto di ciascuna parola scritta, in ogni suo passaggio – sia anche nascosto o sottinteso. Il pubblico ha la facoltà di aprire il libro ad una pagina casuale e l’attore, dopo una rapida lettura introduttiva delle prime righe della suddetta pagina, comincia a raccontare, da quel punto in poi, cosa accade nel libro. Tutto a memoria. Tutto a menadito. Perché quel libro lo conosce bene, lo conosce in ogni sua increspatura della punteggiatura, in ogni suo approfondimento, in ogni possibile contesto e sotto-testo. Il libro gli appartiene e lui stesso appartiene al libro. E così, da uno stralcio di narrazione si aprono frammenti performativi: aneddoti, collegamenti, rimandi, risposte, epiloghi, immagini e suggestioni. L’atto teatrale continua, si può selezionare ancora, e ancora, e ancora. Davanti a sé il pubblico ha una sorta di wunderkammer – una stanza delle meraviglie dove i collezionisti raccoglievano oggetti straordinari. Il libro non ve lo leggiamo. Ve lo raccontiamo. A memoria. Sia che l’abbiate già letto, sia che non l’abbiate mai sentito nominare nel libro c’è sempre qualcosa da (ri)scoprire. E ve lo dimostriamo: si può rimanere affascinati, ascoltando, in uno stato di meraviglia.

Romantic Passion and Social Justice

These are a series of lectures that are now available on Audible:
The Brontës: Romantic Passion and Social Justice
by Deborah Denenholz Morse, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Deborah Denenholz Morse
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë created some of the greatest works of 19th-century English literature. How did these three young women, born into a humble parsonage on the isolated moors of Northern England, write such striking work? What influenced them? How did they get their stories out into the world? Why do their novels continue to grip readers to this day?

These and other questions are what you will explore in The Brontës: Romantic Passion and Social Justice. With Brontë scholar Deborah Denenholz Morse, you will look at the lives of the three Brontë sisters, their family life, experiences, beliefs, motivations - and their many tragedies. As you look closely at the literary and real-world influences that shaped them, you will get a deeper understanding of the astonishing talent and deep drive that pushed these three sisters to write novels like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. These stories - often full of wind-swept drama and tinged with both personal and Romantic darkness - have gone on to influence the Western literary tradition far beyond what the Brontës themselves could have ever predicted.

The Brontës were deeply influenced by the world around them. Looking into their lives and work, you will get insight into the causes and events that shaped these phenomenal writers - not only their religious and Romantic influences, but also the social justice movements of their age, from women’s rights and anti-poverty campaigns to slavery abolition and early efforts to curb animal cruelty. You will see how their work transcended mere social commentary or embellished autobiography and left their mark on the social and literary trends that would emerge after them.
The W&M college gives further information:
For years, Professor Deborah Denenholz Morse’s classes on Victorian fiction and the Brontës —the famous literary sisters whose works were published form 1846-1855 — have been popular with W&M students from a variety of majors.
Now, anyone can experience Morse’s fascinating lectures through her new course on Audible, “The Brontës: Romantic Passion and Social Justice.” The 10-session series was produced by The Great Courses.

Charlotte Brontë’s traveling writing desk to be on display

New York Post (and Fine Books and Collections) announces the swoon-worthy exhibition opening next month (September 24) at the New York Public Library:
Hundreds of incredible treasures and curiosities —  spanning over 4,000 years of history — will be open to the public at an upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.
From Jefferson’s handwritten copy of The Declaration of Independence to a lock of Beethoven’s hair, “The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures” is bound to attract all seeking the unique.
The exhibit, so named for $12 million donor Leonard Polonsky and his foundation, is expected to open on September 24. Tickets to the exhibition — which is free — will be available beginning on Aug. 23, the library announced Monday.
The exhibit will be a permanent fixture in the library’s Gottesman Hall, which has just been newly restored and renovated featuring 250 objects that have changed the course of history.
The objects were handpicked from its personal collection of over 45 million rare books, artwork. manuscripts, maps, newspapers and more that it has amassed over the last 126 at its research centers, NYPL said.
Objects include: [...]
Charlotte Brontë’s traveling writing desk (Patrick Reilly)
More Brontëana on Book Riot as it recommends 'The 5 best libraries to see in Cambridge'.
#5. Katharine Stephen Room, Newnham College
It would be remiss of me to write an article like this and not include my own college library somewhere in the roundup. I won’t say too much, as I’ve already previously written up a virtual tour.
I will, however, go into a little more detail about the Katharine Stephen room, which houses our rare books collection. Named after an old Principal of Newnham who was also the cousin of Virginia Woolf, it was built in 1982 and achieved Grade II listing in 2018. It carries over 6,000 rare books and manuscripts, such as 16th century Shakespeare editions, original 1700s copies of Tatler, and more. I was also particularly surprised to go in once and see that it contains, in a small glass case, a ring with the braided hair of Emily and Charlotte Brontë. (Namera Tanjeem)
This contributor to Book Riot is prepared to perish upon this bookish hill:
Hill #5: Edward Rochester did not deserve Jane Eyre, and most romantic heroes don't deserve the women they conned into marrying them, either.
I said what I said. Jane Eyre deserved better than Rochester; even Jean Rhys thought so, and she wrote a whole damn book about how Bertha Mason nee Antoinette Cosway was wronged. MOST women in literature — and in life — deserve better than the “romantic” heroes who lie, cheat, and otherwise dissemble or worse in order to convince a lady to marry him. I recognize that mending this would make many books a whole lot shorter. I also recognize that the underlying point is generally not that the hero lied, but that he acknowledges and grows from his mistakes — something humans of any gender are generally somewhat reluctant to do. The fantasy fulfilled is growth, not marriage or sex.
And yet. We deserve better. (Tika Viteri)
We may deserve better in real life but as far as fictional stories are concerned Jane Eyre is definitely more than we deserve.

AnOther interviews writer Dominique Barbéris about her latest novel, Un Dimanche à Ville-d’Avray, and we think she has a deeper understanding of Rochester as a creation.
DS: You reference Jane Eyre a lot in the novel, particularly the now legendary love affair between Jane and Mr Rochester. The protagonist seems to be longing for a passion like that, or for a romantic experience like theirs. Why do you think people are always so drawn to these stories; to these unattainable ideals?
DB: I love Jane Eyre for its literary qualities. But I have to admit, I also love it because of Rochester. He’s a fascinating character for women and it’s not surprising: he is a man created by a woman, so he corresponds to what women are waiting for. I think we need these stories to lead us from despair. It is similar to Wuthering Heights and the Brontë sisters: their lives were so terrible, they needed literature as a way to cope with it. But they didn’t just dream about love, they dreamt about the landscape, they dreamt about the night. Sometimes language is so powerful it can help you open up and escape the world you’re living in. Most of my books speak about boredom and the way people try to escape from it. (Dominique Sisley)
Khaleej Times interviews writer Sara Galadari.
Enid Grace Parker: Who are the writers you were most influenced by over the years?
S.G.: JK Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Charlotte Brontë, and LM Montgomery. I love reading their stories because of the way they showcase strong female protagonists who were fuelled by their own ambitions and passions.
Reading their stories, relating to their characters, and watching them as they overcame their obstacles and embarked on exciting adventures of their own, made me feel that I could do the same — that I could do anything I put my mind to, no matter how far away or impossible the goal may seem.
Clarín (Argentina) tells the story of the Honresfeld Collection.

This Unlucky Book

The final event of the Brontë Parsonage Museum-Elizabeth Gaskell's House series of talks:
Panel with Libby Tempest, Dr Lucy Hanks and Ann Dinsdale
7-8pm, Wednesday, 25 August 2021

The finale of a short season of events exploring Elizabeth Gaskell's ground-breaking biography of her friend and fellow writer Charlotte Brontë. 'The Life' was (and still is) hugely popular but also hugely controversial - but it remains the foundation upon which all other biographies of Charlotte Brontë must, to some degree, rest. How much responsibility should it take for creating the myths that surround Charlotte Brontë? How much do myth and reality meet in the book?

Libby Tempest is Chair of the Gaskell Society, a lifelong librarian and a volunteer & tour guide at Elizabeth Gaskell's House. She co-ordinates the Gaskell Reading Group at The Portico Library in Manchester.
Dr Lucy Hanks of the University of Manchester researches how mid-Victorian women writers revised their works for publication and how this influenced the development of their texts.
Ann Dinsdale is Principal Curator at the Brontë Society, and has worked at the Brontë Parsonage Museum for more than thirty years. Her books include The Brontës at Haworth (2006) and At Home with the Brontës (2013).

Enrapturing Emily

More news outlets talk about Wycoller, 'the village frozen in time':
The 'lost' Lancashire village of Wycoller has a rich history, with ancient bridges and ruined hall, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery Britain has to offer.
Brontë lovers flock to the ruined hall, which is said to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, the property which Mr Rochester moved to after fire destroyed his home in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. (...)
The Brontë sisters are said to have regularly trekked to visit, from their neighbouring village of Haworth, with the rugged Yorkshire landscape later inspiring their novels. (Rosaleen Fenton & Dianne Bourne in The Mirror)
The village is now a country park, and only disabled badge holders or residents may park inside.
The ban has allowed officials to renovate previously abandoned properties and keep Wycoller's natural aesthetic.
Their efforts mean it is now almost unchanged since the Brontë sisters once allegedly visited from their perch in nearby Haworth.
Rumours have long insisted Charlotte Brontë used the ruined Wycoller Hall as inspiration for Jane Eyre's Ferdean Manor. (Liam Doyle in The Daily Express)
Head North for your staycation according to The Telegraph:
The Calder Valley is a gorgeous melding of milltown architecture, slopes and uplands as dramatic and alluring as any of those that enraptured Emily Brontë, with lovely towns and country inns on and off the main roads. Follow the Calderdale Way up to Stoodley Pike, erected in 1815 to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon. (Chris Moss)
Wanderlust is all for the Peak District:
The Peak District’s dramatic landscapes and sometimes ‘moody’ weather has inspired many. Charlotte Brontë, who stayed at the vicarage in Hathersage while writing Jane Eyre, used the village as the novel’s setting while Jane Austen declared that there was ‘no finer county in England than Derbyshire’ in Pride & Prejudice; that book’s 2005 adaptation made fine use of local locations. (Graeme Green)
Fine Books & Collections reviews The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell:
It can be no easy task to re-hash Brontë lore--whether in fiction or non-fiction--and yet, occasionally a reader finds reason to rejoice. Catherine Lowell's debut novel, The Madwoman Upstairs (Touchstone, $25.99), is utterly absorbing, a lighthearted read that appeals to those of us who unwind with TV adaptations of Victorian novels (almost any will do) and who might be still be sobbing this morning over the demise of Downton Abbey. (Rebecca Rego Barry)
The UK Today News talks about the (many) problems of the Post Office, and mentions Haworth's fight to save his local branch:
Another round of cost-cutting and restructuring seems inevitable but risks further undermining relations with the public. Sammy Ahmed, a postmaster was recently told that his branch that dates back 190 years in Haworth in West Yorkshire — close to where the Brontë sisters wrote most of their novels — would be closed and replaced by a concession in a food store 10 minutes down a steep hill. Within days the local community had organised a 1,000 signature petition opposing the closure.
“The Post Office has been planning behind the scenes. I don’t see the reason they want to move it down there,” says Ahmed. “Apart from they want to cost-cut and save pennies.”
La Opinión de Murcia (Spain) publishes the obituary of the painter Francisco Serna (1935-2021) who in 1974 painted Hermanas Brontë (Picture source): 
Sus primeras obras reflejaban el mundo que le rodeaba, eran estampas cotidianas en las que apenas aparecían per
sonajes. Con el paso de los años, sus obras se van llenando de figuras humanas y de color. Reflejan este cambio dos de sus obras más emblemáticas: Homenaje a las palomas de Picasso y Hermanas Brontë. (Translation)
The Guardian reviews Un Dimanche à Ville d'Avray by Dominique Barbéris:
It is also woven through with the cultural experiences throughout Jane and Claire Marie’s lives: Jane Eyre, Gérard de Nerval and a repeated refrain from the poem Autumn Song by Théophile Gautier: “Rain bubbles on the garden pond/ The swallows gathered on the roof/ Confabulate and correspond.” (John Self)
Also in The Guardian, the best books about islands:
Islands are perfect settings for origin stories: places where characters can be formed before moving into the larger and often hostile world. Nowhere is this clearer than in Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’s classic prequel to Jane Eyre. Opening in Jamaica in the immediate aftermath of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, it considers the deep scars inflicted by colonial rule on a landscape and its inhabitants. (Kiran Millwood Hargrave)

A quote from the story Within These Arms Forever Swim by John Andrew Fredrick as published in Vol.1 Brooklyn:

Many’s the time Kristine’d told me of happy hours spent plopped on some sweet stretch of beach or other, keenly reading one of her precious black or tan or orange Penguin paperbacks, the Eminent Victorians–Hardy and George Eliot, The Brontës and the later, darker Dickens, mostly, she’d told me she favored: the deep ones, the heavies, the big boys and girls.
Regeneración (México) publishes a (highly novelized) article on Emily Brontë, "withdrawn, cool, and a dog lover":
Emily Brontë (1818−1848) tuvo una personalidad introvertida. A pocas personas les abrió su corazón y, desde pequeña, cultivó un retraimiento que la hacía replegarse sobre sí misma. Esta mujer, de labios carnosos y bien dibujados, hablaba poco de sus anhelos y sus convicciones, como si ambas cosas le parecieran una pérdida de tiempo. Prefería refugiarse en la introspección. (...) (Ricardo Sevilla) (Translation)
The new season of books in La Presse (Canada):
Cécile Coulon avait remporté beaucoup de succès avec son roman précédent, Une bête au paradis. Dans Seule en sa demeure, elle raconte l’histoire d’un mariage arrangé entre la jeune Aimée, 18 ans, et Candre Marchère, riche propriétaire terrien dont la première épouse est morte peu de temps après les noces. Son fantôme hante la demeure du Jura où vit le couple, et où la jeune Aimée tente de trouver sa place. L’atmosphère est mystérieuse à souhait dans cette histoire que n’auraient pas reniée les sœurs Brontë. (Nathalie Collard) (Translation)

A reader of The Standard-Times is reading Wuthering Heights, a book that is recommended by Aventuras Na História (Brazil). AnneBrontë.org weekly post is:'Did the Brontës eat meat?'. Spoiler alert: they did.

Dialect as a social reality

 A recent Brontë-related scholar paper:

Thematic implications and representativeness in Wuthering Heights (1848): Dialect as a social reality
Fatiha Belmerabet, University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria
Global Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2021): August 

Since language is a brainwork of speakers who live in social and physical environments, researchers are obliged to think about the alliance between the vocabularies’ meaning in dictionaries and their significance in social use. And because the novel is a fictional piece of writing which is primarily inspired by real life and reflects realities. In Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë strives to interfere in her characters’ thought and considers their social class, culture and experience; she acts as a writer, the speaker and the reader as well. These authorial qualities gave birth to a text combined of two language varieties, the Standard English and the Yorkshire dialect which are tightly interwoven without distorting the unity and the arrangement of the story plot. This paper looks to cover the different social inclinations of E. Brontë’s depiction of dialect in addition to some critical resonances of such representation.

A Trance Writer

 Lancashire Live and the Manchester Evening News think that Wycoller Hall is a Lancashire 'hidden gem':
A village is Colne has been hailed a 'hidden gem' for its ruins, streams, craft centre and more.
Wycoller Village and Country Park, located just a few miles from Colne, has been praised by visitors.
Wycoller Hall has passed between several high profile Lancashire families but has subsequently fell into ruin.
It is thought to have inspired Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. (Chantelle Heeds)
The hall, which dates back to the 1600s, is believed to have been the inspiration for Charlotte Brontë's Fearndean Manor in her novel Jane Eyre.
The Brontë sisters are said to have regularly walked the 10 miles here from Haworth in neighbouring Yorkshire where they grew up. (...)
The bewitching location of the hall is said to have inspired the literary genius of Charlotte Brontë when she walked here with her sisters in the 19th century.
For it is believed that Wycoller Hall was the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, the woodland manor house of Mr Rochester in her classic work Jane Eyre. (Dianne Bourne)
The Riverside Quarterly publishes the article Charlotte Brontë’s “Possession”: 'What Writers Can Learn from the Author of Jane Eyre':
“Charlotte Brontë was essentially a trance writer”, so writes Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar in their wildly popular feminist text The Madwoman in the Attic. Brontë’s art form, though well-rehearsed after decades of writing alongside her sisters, is almost as mystical and mythologized as Jane Eyre itself, with strange and morbidly fascinating tales of Charlotte’s peers watching her write at a furious pace, her eyes closed and gripping her pencil in a crushing grip, at the most inopportune times. Indeed, Brontë once, when stationed as a teacher at Roe Head School in the mid-1830s, condescendingly mocked both her students and employer as they watched her in the midst of one of these infamous writing trances; “Hang their astonishment!” she writes later on in her journal, “stupidity, the atmosphere, school-books, the employment, asses, the society, what in all this is there to remind me of the divine, silent, unseen land of thought” (...) ( Tyler Clark)
GMA News talks about the Filipino TV series The World Between Us
According to [Dominic] Zapata [(the director)],  the romance drama series is based on Emily Brontë’s classic book “Wuthering Heights.”  (Kaela Malig)
A reader in The Sunday Times also caught the blunder on the Maggie O'Farrell interview a few days ago:  
Eyre-ata slip
In the interview with Maggie O’Farrell (Culture, last week), she is asked who her favourite authors are. She reportedly replies, “Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Strout or Margaret Atwood.”
I wonder if Mr Rochester also wrote any noteworthy books. (Kay Bagon, Radlett, Hertfordshire)
Dreams on antidepressants in The Spinoff (New Zealand):
The dream dictionaries I consulted in the 90s and the dream sequences I love in books and films have also baked into me, like permanent indentations in an old mattress, the idea that a dream can reflect our lives back at us truly. Jane Eyre watching mad old Rochester tiny in the distance; Ruth in Jack Lasenby’s The Lake seeing her father calling her from the lake’s edge. (Ashleigh Young)
The Sangai Express (India) mentions the Brontës in a letter from a governess to parents:
Here, I will attempt to write in the form of classic English writing inspired by Jane Eyre. By the way, the very idea of writing this piece came up while I was teaching my niece, the poem,’Mr Rabbit’.
In my story narrative, I had imagined myself as a governess (teacher) who is not working in a fancy mansion like, Mr. Rochester’s house in Jane Eyre’s novel. (Chinglembi Shagolsem)
The author Gretchen Archer discusses epistolary novels in Kings River Life Magazine:
Have you ever read an epistolary? A story told through correspondence rather than by a narrator? Of the epistolaries I’ve read—comparatively speaking, there aren’t all that many out there. The one that made the biggest impression was A Woman Of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. With the single exception of A Woman, I’ve never read a book more than once, unlike my oldest daughter Laura, who reads the entire Harry Potter series every year or Margaret Tate, Sandra Bullock’s character in The Proposal, who reads Wuthering Heights every Christmas.
Stars Insider explores UK's literary inspirations:
The highly-admired Brontë sisters were from West Riding, in Yorkshire. There, the three writers created intricate stories about love and loss. Emily Brontë depicted the romantic gloom of Yorkshire in ‘Wuthering Heights’, with protagonist Heathcliff wandering the melancholic moors. The moors are otherwise known as Brontë Country. Step into the sisters’ world at The Brontë Parsonage Museum. The site is located at their former home in Haworth.
It has come about after Post Office Ltd proposed to close the local post-office branch and move it inside the new co-op store on Station Road in September.
The post office has been there for more than 150 years and serves many residents and businesses in the area.
It is also a a tourist destination for Brontë lovers, as it is where the famous sisters used to post their letters.
Lydia MacKinnon, 59, spokesperson for Save Haworth Main Street Post Office group said: “It's an iconic street scene, it’s one of the most iconic street scenes in the UK, but it’s not only visited by thousands of people it also has lots of residents and businesses that use the post office. It’s the only place on Main Street where you can get cash out.”
The protest will take place on the church steps in Haworth at midday on Sunday August 22. (Chelsie Sewell)
ABC Hoy (Argentina) on reading during a pandemic:
El asunto es que desde que inició la pandemia mis lecturas se volvieron inusuales. Hice un pasaje por toda la bibliografía de Jane Austen, en muchos casos releyendo novelas que ya había leído hasta dos veces. Leí por primera vez Mujercitas, Jane Eyre y Cumbres borrascosas. Cuando los clásicos se agotaron, en castellano y en inglés, me incliné hacia obras más polémicas como la trilogía de Bridget Jones (maravillosas lecturas, pero eso es material para otro día). (María Constanza Celano López) (Translation)
La Crónica del Quindío (Colombia) visits a private library in Bogotá:
Adentrarse en ese bosque de papel y tinta en medio de cierta penumbra solemne interrumpida por chorros de luz que se filtran por las ventanas, produce la sensación que a un niño una dulcería, asombro, felicidad de advertir la presencia apretujada de una multitud de hombres y mujeres congregados, escritores de todas las latitudes y condiciones, de todos los tiempos, famosos o anónimos metidos en esos libros, autores de obras y pensamientos cumbres de la humanidad como las de Shakespeare o Cervantes o de sencillas y sentidas poesías telúricas cómo Hojas de Hierba o la simple constatación de los amores pasionales en Cumbres Borrascosas, que ahora permanecen silenciosos, callados, ordenados, firmes en los estantes esperando que alguien los convoque con el roce de las manos, los rescate de su silencioso letargo para ponerlos a conversar, a destilar información, erudición, sabiduría o simple entretenimiento. (Óscar Iván Sabogal Vallejo) (Translation)

El DiarioAR (Argentina) publishes an excerpt from a recent Spanish translation of  Virginia Woolf's Genius and Ink, the one on Charlotte Brontë. Contigo! (Brazil) recommends Wuthering Heights. Rereading Jane Eyre posts about Wide Sargasso Sea

Dialectics of Exchange

 A new scholarly book with Brontë-related content:

Pradipta Mukherjee
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-5275-6790-0
August 2021

This book is a passionate rendezvous with cinema, the most collaborative of art forms. The essays here explore the possibilities offered by a close reading of cinema that keeps cultural contexts and their socio-historical roots firmly in sight.
This collection does not consider the “frame”, that oft-referenced basic unit of vision in films, as a limiting structure. Rather, it brings into purview what is left out. Divided into three sections, the essays look firstly at Indian cinema, both Bollywood and regional films, tracing the journey of Indian cinema from the periphery to the center.
The second section focuses on Adaptation Studies and takes an unorthodox look at classic adaptations of literature. The final section is a reappraisal of directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. The essays propose that, even though the film as an artwork does not change fundamentally over time, it still strikes a contemporary critical gaze differently.

The book includes the chapter: "Dialectics of Exchange in William Wyler's and Luis Buñuel's Adaptations of Wuthering Heights".

With only books for solace

Irish Times recommends several books including
Phoebe Wynne
Quercus, £14.99
Caldonbrae Hall is a boarding school for girls; it looms over the sea in a remote part of Scotland, its gothic isolation and brooding atmosphere fitting for this modern gothic novel with a feminist impulse. There is an appetising tension as classics teacher Rose arrives into a world she at first doesn’t understand – and gradually comes to fear. Like Jane Eyre, alone, with only books for solace, Rose suspects there is a secret at the dark heart of the school. The girls are being prepared for the world, the prospectus says, but Rose cannot understand their codes, their strange classes and peculiar etiquette; the terrifying truth is revealed as she falls under the power and watchful eye of the school. Latin and Greek myths echo throughout, in a story that will not let you go. (Ruth McKee)
Kate Bush has one of the most distinctive voices in pop. Honestly, how many times have you attempted to reach those high notes in ‘Wuthering Heights’ and failed miserably? I’m guessing, like me, you’ve lost count. That’s because Bush is a unique talent, someone who has honed her voice throughout her long career. (Sam Kemp)
Finally, Book Riot has a quiz to find out which Brontë heroine you are.