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As  you know I’ve dedicated (and hope to carry on soon) some posts to classic writers. More recently it struck me that there are modern books, many times by indie writers, that either revisit old classics, giving them a twist, or like in the case of today’s author, tell us ‘what happened next’ for some of our favourite books.

I decided to share again my post on the Brönte Sisters when I saw that Luccia Gray had the second book book of her series The Eyre Hall Trilogy available in pre-order (for only $0.99). But a bit more about that later. First, my original post.

Another Friday and another guest post. This time I’ve decided to bring you a classic writer, or rather, three!

English: A painting of the three Brontë sister...

English: A painting of the three Brontë sisters; from left to right, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. In the center of portrait is the shadow of Branwell Brontë, the artist, who painted himself out. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure you’ve read about them. The Brönte sisters. These three talented women, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived in the XIX century in England, Yorkshire to be more specific. And specific we must be, as particularly in the case of Emily, the setting is paramount in their stories. Their father was an Irish clergyman (Patrick) and their mother Maria died shortly after Anne’s (the youngest) birth, of cancer, when Emily was three. The family moved to Haworth were their father was given a parsonage. (It has now become a museum of all things Brönte and I thoroughly recommend a visit. Haworth is a beautiful place and if you love steam engines and nice shops and tearooms, and the odd pub or two, you’ll love it.)  Their aunt Elizabeth moved in with the family, to look after the children.  Two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died of tb in their childhood. Due to this, the girls were removed from school and spent most of their childhood at home, where they entertained themselves reading and writing stories (and creating beautiful miniature manuscripts that you can see if you visit the museum). The girls used male pseudonyms (Currer, Ellis and Acton) as their pen-names. Charlotte worked as a teacher and Emily attended her school for a while but felt homesick and went back home. She worked as a governess in Halifax and then the three sisters went to Brussels, Belgium (1842) to educate themselves, planning on setting up a school. Emily left to attend her aunt’s funeral and did not return and eventually Charlotte and Anne abandoned the idea of setting up their own school and went back home. Their brother, Patrick Branwell (‘Branwell’), who loved painting (although from the works I’ve seen…anyway…) became dependent on alcohol and opium and died in 1948. Emily died shortly after (as I’m a doctor I doubt it was of a ‘chill’ she caught at his graveside but…). Anne also studied with Charlotte and Emily and later worked as a governess for many years, obtaining inspiration for her novel Agnes Grey that was published (under name Acton Bell) to mixed reviews in 1847. Next year she published The Tenant of Wilfell Hall. She caught tuberculosis and died in Scarborough in 1849. With the dead of Anne, Charlotte was the only surviving member of the family. The poems of the three sisters were published in 1846 and Wuthering Heights, Emily’s novel, a year later, to some mixed reviews. Charlotte, the oldest of the three, had been writing since her time as a teacher, and during the sisters’ stay in Brussels she wrote Villete and The Professor. She submitted The Professor to publishers before Jane Eyre but it was not published until after her death. Shirley had mixed reviews but opened the London literary world for her and she met other writers like William Thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell. She decided to edit the work of her sisters. The curate of Haworth, Arthur Nicholls, proposed in marriage (her father did not see it with good eyes and Arthur left) and they got married some time later. Unfortunately, Charlotte died shortly after, whilst pregnant.

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire (Photo credit: iknow-uk)

Links:

Emily:

http://www.online-literature.com/bronte/

This link offers you information about Haworth, the family and even a 360º panoramic of the parsonage.

http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/emily/emily.asp

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80966/Emily-Bronte

BRONTE SISTERS STATUE

BRONTE SISTERS STATUE (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

Charlotte:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80962/Charlotte-Bronte

Anne:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontea/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80959/Anne-Bronte

Books: 

Jane Eyre (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GHNIR0/

The Professor (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082RXVCM/

Villete (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008494WR6/ 

WutheringHeights (Emily)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAOLM/

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UK2FCC/

Agnes Grey (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAP0M/

Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (the three sisters)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TPEEQS/

And now, a little about Luccia Gray‘s books:

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

All Hallows at Eyre Hall: The breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre (The Eyre Hall Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Luccia Gray

Experience the mystery and magic of a Victorian Gothic Romance, set in Eyre Hall, and rediscover the charm of Jane Eyre in this stunning sequel. Twenty-two years after her marriage to Edward Rochester, Jane is coping with the imminent death of her bedridden husband, while Richard Mason, Rochester’s first wife’s brother, has returned from Jamaica, revealing unspeakable secrets once again, and drawing Jane into a complex conspiracy. Everything Jane holds dear is threatened. Who was the man she thought she loved? What is she prepared to do to safeguard her family and preserve her own stability?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K2G4SXW/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K2G4SXW/

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall: Book Two Eyre Hall Trilogy (The Eyre Hall Trilogy 2) by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall is the second volume of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, which will chronicle the lives and vicissitudes of the residents of Eyre Hall from the beginning to the height of the Victorian era.
Following Edward Rochester’s death, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.
Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

Available on pre-order (for $0.99). Due out on the 28th of August

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010KFLAVC/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010KFLAVC/

Thanks so much to the Brönte Sisters for the many hours of joy (and suffering) they’ve given us, thanks to Luccia Gray for bringing back some of our favourite characters, and thanks to you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

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Guest Classic Author: Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As most Fridays, I bring you a guest author. This time is a classic, Emily Dickinson. I studied at Mount Holyoke (where famously Emily spent a year) and lived in the building named after her (that housed the Women’ Studies Department). I also visited her house in Amherst, a beautiful town and fascinating place. So although I was aware of her before, the proximity made me look into her work more closely. And I wanted to share it with you. As usual I’ll include a brief biography (Emily was a fairly reclusive character) and links and examples of her work. Also links where you can find more detailed information.

The Dickinson children (Emily on the left), ca...

The Dickinson children (Emily on the left), ca. 1840. From the Dickinson Room at Houghton Library, Harvard University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Biography:

Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was born in Amherst (Massachusetts) of a family descending from the pilgrims’ times. Her paternal grandfather was one (the main) of the founders of Amherst College; her father was one of its treasurers and also served as State Legislator and representative of Hampshire district in Congress.

She had an older brother and a younger sister and her education was extensive for a girl of her time, attending Amherst Academy (for 7 years, somewhat interrupted due to ill health) and then Mount Holyoke College (briefly). She was described as a gifted musician and she had a good relationship with her father although not so good with her mother.

She seems to have been concerned and preoccupied by the deaths of those around her, including a female cousin, since she was fairly young, and that preoccupation accompanied her for the rest of her life.

A young lawyer who stayed with her family, Benjamin Franklin Newton, introduced her to the work of a variety of writers, including Wordsworth and Emerson, and he always thought of her as a poet. She was also influenced by Longfellow, Lydia Maria Child’s Letters from New York and Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre.

She was very affected when the principal of Amherst Academy, and good friend, Leonard Humphrey, died at 25.

She was also good friends with Susan Gilbert, who later married her brother Austin, and who was her main correspondent.

In 1855 she visited Washington and Philadelphia with her mother, who later became bedridden, and Emily hardly left the house after that. In the late 1950s the family met Samuel Bowles, owner and editor of the Springfield Republican and he would later publish some of her poems and letters.

In the early 1860s she was very prolific and appears to have considered publication, but eventually did not come to pass. From 1866 she wrote far less and her behaviour started to change, hardly ever leaving the house. From 1867 she would talk to visitors through the door, although she continued to exchange letters and had good relationship with children. In the few occasions when she ventured outside of her house she dressed in white.

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts...

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts – rear oblique view of Emily Dickinson’s house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She studied botany and she was well known for her collection of plants.

Although she continued to write, she did not edit her work. The 1880s proved difficult, with her brother’s marriage breaking, her youngest nephew’s death and the death of her mother. In summer of 1884 she fainted while baking and did not recover for many hours. After that she was ill for weeks and never went back to health. In November 1885 she took to bed for several months and eventually on the 15th May 1886 she died of what was diagnosed as Bright’s disease (that the physician thought she had been suffering from for at least two and a half years).

Fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her life and it was her sister who discovered her poems and got them published for the first time four years after her death.

Some poems:

“Faith” is a fine invention

When Gentlemen can see—

But Microscopes are prudent

In an Emergency.

*******************************************

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—

That perches in the soul—

And sings the tune without the words—

And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—

And sore must be the storm—

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—

And on the strangest Sea—

Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb—of Me.

*************************************

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears a human soul!

*********************************

My life closed twice before its close;

It yet remains to see

If Immortality unveil

A third event to me,

So huge, so hopeless to conceive,

As these that twice befell.

Parting is all we know of heaven,

And all we need of hell.

*****************************

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

Links:

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Dickinson

In poets’ organisation:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/155

Her electronic archive:

http://www.emilydickinson.org/

The Poetry Foundation:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/emily-dickinson

Goodreads page:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/emily-dickinson

Her museum:

http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

The Emily Dickinson International Society:

http://www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org/

Links to her work:

http://www.bartleby.com/113/

http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-dickinson/

http://www.online-literature.com/dickinson/

In Amazon:

Poems Series 1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TS1JMC/

Poems Series 2

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TS1HN8/

Poems Series 3

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084BXMS4/

And the three series in one:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084BXPW2/

Another Friday and another guest post. Again this time I’ve decided to bring you a classic writer, or rather, three!

English: A painting of the three Brontë sister...

English: A painting of the three Brontë sisters; from left to right, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. In the center of portrait is the shadow of Branwell Brontë, the artist, who painted himself out. Français : Une peinture de les trois soeurs Brontë: de gauche à droit, Anne, Emily, et Charlotte. Dans le centre du portrait est l’ombre de Branwell Brontë, l’artiste, qui a peint au-dessus de lui-même. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure you’ve read about them. The Brönte sisters. These three talented women, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived in the XIX century in England, Yorkshire to be more specific. And specific we must be, as particularly in the case of Emily, the setting is paramount in their stories. Their father was an Irish clergyman (Patrick) and their mother Maria died shortly after Anne’s (the youngest) birth, of cancer, when Emily was three. The family moved to Haworth were their father was given a parsonage. (It has now become a museum of all things Brönte and I thoroughly recommend a visit. Haworth is a beautiful place and if you love steam engines and nice shops and tearooms, and the odd pub or two, you’ll love it.)  Their aunt Elizabeth moved in with the family to look after the children.  Two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died of tb in their childhood. Due to this the girls were removed from school and spent more of their childhood at home, where they entertained themselves reading and writing stories (and creating beautiful miniature manuscripts that you can see if you visit the museum). The girls used male pseudonyms (Currer, Ellis and Acton) as their pen-names. Charlotte worked as a teacher and Emily attended her school for a while but felt homesick and went back home. She worked as a governess in Halifax and then the three sisters went to Brussels, Belgium (1842) to educate themselves planning on setting up a school. Emily left to attend his aunt’s funeral and did not return and eventually Charlotte and Anne abandoned the idea of setting up their own school and went back home. Their brother Patrick Branwell (‘Branwell’), who loved painting (although from the works I’ve seen…anyway…) became dependent on alcohol and opium and died in 1948. Emily died shortly after (as I’m a doctor I doubt it was of a ‘chill’ she caught at his graveside but…). Anne died in Scarborough the year after, leaving Charlotte the only surviving member of the family. The poems of the three sisters were published in 1846 and Wuthering Heights, Emily’s novel, a year later, to some mixed reviews. Charlotte, the oldest of the three, had been writing since her time as a teacher, and during the sisters stay in Brussels she wrote Villete and The Professor. She submitted The Professor to publishers before Jane Eyre but it was not published until after her death. Shirley had mixed reviews but opened the London literary world for her and she met other writers like Thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell. She decided to edit the work of her sisters. The curate of Haworth, Arthur Nicholls, proposed in marriage (her father did not see it with good eyes and Arthur left) and they got married some time later. Unfortunately Charlotte died shortly after whilst pregnant. Anne also studied with Charlotte and Emily and later worked as a governess for many years, obtaining inspiration for her novel Agnes Grey that was published (under name Acton Bell) to mixed reviews in 1847. Next year she published The Tenant of Wilfell Hall. She caught tuberculosis and died in Scarborough in 1849.

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire (Photo credit: iknow-uk)

Links:

Emily:

http://www.online-literature.com/bronte/

This link offers you information about Haworth, the family and even a 360º panoramic of the parsonage.

http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/emily/emily.asp

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80966/Emily-Bronte

BRONTE SISTERS STATUE

BRONTE SISTERS STATUE (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

Charlotte:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80962/Charlotte-Bronte

Anne:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontea/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80959/Anne-Bronte

Books:

 

Jane Eyre (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GHNIR0/

The Professor (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082RXVCM/

Villete (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008494WR6/

 

 

WutheringHeights (Emily)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAOLM/

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UK2FCC/

Agnes Grey (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAP0M/

Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (the three sisters)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TPEEQS/

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