Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shabby Chic

From: Slice of Style

"[According to Henry James] the story of their [the Brontë sisters] 'dreary' existence ('their tragic history, their loneliness and poverty of life') had supplanted the achievement of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. [...]
      James might be surprised to find that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are both widely read and critically esteemed today. There's been no let-up, either, in attempts to translate them into different media: the Enthusiast's Guide to Jane Eyre Adaptations website lists 25 since the 1980s. New film versions of both novels are appearing this autumn: Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre (with a screenplay by Moira Buffini) was released on Friday, and Andrea Arnold's version of Wuthering Heights will follow in November. Still, the issue James raised back in 1905 remains pertinent. Is our infatuation with the Brontës more to do with their lives than with their work? How to explain their enduring popularity?" — Blake Morrison, Guardian

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