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May 2, 2006


Today's Brontë News

Today we have, thanks to Austenblog, some news about a very creative blog called Knit the Classics, where members read a classic novel for the month and make needlework (of any variety- crochet, knitting, embroidery etc…) inspired by the work! this month's novel is Pride and Prejudice, and for June the novel will be Wuthering Heights. I think this is a marvellous idea, and not just because embroidery is one of my hobbies.

Here's another article about those Bed Books– books designed for reading in bed. Their assortment includes Brontë titles, such as Wuthering Heights.

There's a wrestling racoon named Jane Eyre

Emily Brontë is a 'spinner who did Yorkshire a good turn.'

Emily Brontë's poetry is also a challenge for a poetry recital contest.

I'm not sure what to make of this: For $1.50, there is Madeleine L'Engle's "Circle of Quiet," a biography in which she tells of days when she feels like Emily Bronte or Jane Austen or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. On those days, she signs her checks with their names, and never once has the bank returned one as fraudulent.

And an article on Justine Picardie's My Mother's Wedding Dress: The Life and Afterlife of Clothes, a book which features a discussion of Jane Eyre's 'shades of grey.'

And lastly, communities in Northern Ireland are hoping that Patrick Brontë can help to bring people together, and hope there may eventually be 'a Bronte Day.' This movement is being promoted by relatives of the Brontes. In a previous post, such a relative of the Brontes wrote in to Brontëana and posted her story here.



  1. The Jane Eyre racoon made me day!! 😀

    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 2, 2006 @ 12:23 pm |Reply

  2. I should start keeping a list of all of these strange Bronte animals!

    Comment by Brontëana — May 2, 2006 @ 1:33 pm |Reply

  3. Yes please do! Also a list of Bronte-hybrids would help!
    Already we have the Heatchiff spoon and the Rochester stove in that category.

    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 2, 2006 @ 2:11 pm |Reply

  4. Ah- if you can come up with a word which sums up all of those things, I would be glad to add it to the index. I have finally figured out how to make the archives easily accessible! I am working on it right now, but it is going to take me forever… there are about 250 posts and so far I have… 2 posts indexed.


    Comment by Brontëana — May 2, 2006 @ 2:17 pm |Reply

  5. Thank you so much for the mention of Knit the Classics.

    Amanda (the creator of KTC)

    Comment by ttbookjunkie — May 2, 2006 @ 2:24 pm |Reply

  6. You’re welcome, Amanda. I’m very tempted to join myself.

    Comment by Brontëana — May 2, 2006 @ 3:05 pm |Reply

  7. Could someone please inform the person who said the Bronte family in Ireland were not descendants of Patrick Bronte, as there were no descendants from Patrick Bronte, please, please get a reality check. Patrick Bronte was born on my road in Emdale and was my husband, Wallace Bronte’s great, great grand-uncle. Just so this person will understand once and for all, so they can become enlightened to genealogy, Patrick Bronte’s immediate family in England died without issue, BUT, Patrick Bronte had four brothers and five sisters in Ireland. Two brothers married – William and Welsh and had children. Also, one sister, Sarah, married and also had children. So perhaps whoever you are you can finally understand that Patrick Bronte had lots of nieces and nephews and still has ongoing descendants. Whether you like it or not, we are descendants of Patrick Bronte and his daughers, who were our great great first cousins. None of Patrick’s descendants have ever, ever claimed to be DIRECT descendants of his. That is the fault of newspaper reporters. Nevertheless, we are lateral descendants of Patrick’s and therefore are blood relatives of Patrick, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell.

    Comment by Carol Bronte — July 28, 2008 @ 3:29 pm |Reply

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