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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Bronte News

News about the Brontes has truly dried up this weekend. Everything is either repetitive or not at all interesting. I did save up some articles to share, so we do have something to discuss today.

Firstly, a production of Jane Eyre will be playing in Salt Lake:

The Riverton Arts Council will be performing "Jane Eyre" on June 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Riverton Civic Center's Sandra Newman Lloyd Auditorium. "Jane Eyre" is a haunting retelling of the Charlotte Bronte classic about an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess of Thornfield Hall. Tickets will be available after June 17 at Peterson's Marketplace and at the door on performance nights. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors.

From google blog search, there are a few interesting articles:

This is a brief citation of Charlotte's The Professor in the context of, I suppose, Marxism?

The Conneticut Post has a post from Jane Freeman who wrote for the Bronte Society Gazette. She reprints her essays on Jane Eyre, starting with Jane Eyre and the Symbolic Landscape. She starts off her post with a brief plug for the BBC's 1973 Jane Eyre- which is always nice.

And Chris Saliba, draws my attention to Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

My favourite character was Mr Mybug, an author who is working on a biography of Branwell Bronte. His theory is that it was the sisters who were drunks, and not Branwell.


C Saliba said...

Hi Bronteana, glad to help with more info on the Brontes to catalogue. The parts of COld Comfort farm dealing with Mr Mybug's silly theory on Branwell Bronte were hilarious. It's a short novel - some two hundred pages - and well worth the read. I haven't read thru your blog, but you'd no doubt be aware of Winifred Gerin's biographies of all four Brontes.

Brontëana said...

Thank you. I had heard of the book before but I had no idea that it had any connection to the Brontes. Believe me, there's probably been sillier theories out there (have you heard of the one in which Charlotte murdered her sisters? It was made into a novel when it was justly scoffed at by academics) ;)

I have heard of Gerin's work. I only had a peek at his book on Charlotte but I was in the middle of a meeting and so had to put it aside...

mysticgypsy said...

Wha??? Charlotte a killer?? Please do share the details of this theory!!! I am curious!

Did it originate from the fact that she might have harbored an unhealthy jealousy toward her sisters' achievements? Some of my classmates had were frustrated with her Preface to Wuthering Heights and Tenant, and voiced this sentiment..

Brontëana said...

It's really absurd. I believe Mr.Nicholls was in on the whole thing. He and Charlotte murdered Anne and Emily to get the fabulous riches they got from their novels (she was also jealous that they were more famous than she was... *sigh*) and then, Mr. Nicholls murdered Charlotte! Evil man.

It has been made into a novel called 'The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte'!