Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Gleams of sunshine

A few Brontëites for the day. The Cavalier Daily features Creative Writing Professor Lisa Spaar:

Spaar’s passion for poetry, literature and reading was sparked at a young age. From third grade onward, Spaar started to keep diaries and journals. Throughout high school, Spaar dedicated herself to the works of the Brontës, Dickens, Dickinson and Bachelard. (Rebecca Kim)
The eMissourian carries the story of a 'Former Benedictine Sister [who] Continues to Help Others'.
Growing up, the book that influenced her the most was “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Brontë.
“It had a strong character who learned to stand up for herself,” she said, adding that she was a shy child. “She said what she thought, regardless of the consequences, and I really admired that. She faced life on her own terms, in spite of opposition she faced.” (Karen Butterfield)
Milliyet (Turkey) discusses women writers and pseudonyms.
Bronte Bell kardeşler
Örneğin bu köşenin okurlarının iyi bileceği “Küçük Kadınlar” romanının yazarı Lousia May Alcott ilk edebiyat eserlerini A.M. Barnard olarak yayımlamış, ancak başarıya ulaştıktan sonra kendi adını kullanmaya başlamıştır. Başka bir klasik “Jane Eyre”in yazarı Charlotte Brontë de bu romanının altına bir erkek adı, Currer Bell yazmıştır. Sadece o mu? Meşhur “Uğultulu Tepeler” adlı romanın yazarı da Ellis Bell adını kullanmayı tercih eden Emily Brontë’dir. İki kız kardeş başka isimler altında bile kan bağlarını korurlar. Bazı kaynaklarda İngiliz dilinin en iyi kitabı olarak anılan “Middlemarch: Taşra Yaşamı Üstüne Bir Çalışma”nın yazarı George Eliot’ın gerçek ismi de aslında Mary Anne Evans’tır. (Aslı Perker) (Translation)
HotNews (Romania) has an article on the play Am omorât-o pe mama:
Am omorât-o pe mama” este povestea lui Bernadett, o Jane Eyre modernă a epocii Ceauşescu, orfană neglijată care, însă, se dovedeşte capabilă să iubească şi să ierte, o fiinţă profund morală. Împreună cu Clip, prima ei dragoste, Bernadett supravieţuieşte abandonului şi instituţionalizării, creându-şi un univers paralel, dominat de speranţă şi ordine. Povestea maturizării sale (inspirată de un caz real) este o mărturie teatrală simplă, dar captivantă, a imaginilor şocante de tabloid care făceau prima pagină a ziarelor cu 20 de ani în urmă. (Translation)
The Hindu discusses Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and mentions Emily Brontë in passing. LeccoNotizie (Italy) recommends Wuthering Heights. Flickr user memake shows her picture of a true on a cover of Jane Eyre. And finally, the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page reports that,
Our Director Professor Ann Sumner was in Conwy yesterday for the unveiling of sculptor Diane Lawrenson's statue of the Brontës - 159 years after Charlotte spent the first night of her married life there, just before setting off for her honeymoon in Ireland. The Brontë/Wales connection is little known but very important, and certainly cherished by the people of Conwy, where the statue is now exhibited at the Royal Cambrian Academy.
Charlotte wrote this letter from Conwy (or 'Conway', using the English spelling) to her friend Ellen Nussey: “Dear Ellen, I scribble one hasty line just to say that after a pleasant enough journey we have got safely to Conway; the evening is wet and wild, though the day was fair chiefly, with some gleams of sunshine. However, we are sheltered in a comfortable inn. My cold is not worse. If you get this scrawl tomorrow and write by return, direct to me at the post office, Bangor, I may get it on Monday. Say how you and Miss Wooler got home. Give my kindest and most grateful love to Miss Wooler whenever you write. On Monday, I think, we cross the Channel. No more at present. Yours faithfully and lovingly, CBN.”
You can see a picture of the sculpture here.

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