Today, 30th July, is a significant day in the literary world. It is also the birthday of English fast bowler James Anderson and several actors and actresses round the world. It is also the day that Emily Bronte was born in 1818.
Miss Bronte only lived into her 30th year and so increases the significance of her literary genius. Initially, Emily wrote under the name of Ellis Bell. Her magnum opus was Wuthering Heights and what a cracker that still remains. Some have described it as 'Romeo and Juliet' on the Yorkshire Moors, which is a tad belittling. It really is more about Heathcliffe's early life, the mistreatment and his eventual attempts to take revenge for that abuse. Cathy became the love of his life and the relationship has influence on how Heathcliffe's life turned out.
The atmosphere is at times as bleak as the moors on which it is set, Heathcliffe is a dour and glowering chap, but the magnetism of the book is the portrayal of the human relationships and associated emotions that Emily handles brilliantly.
There is also a coincidence today.
Singer Kate Bush, who had a huge hit with the song Wuthering Heights, was also born this day in 1958.
The YouTube link is below,
I think the song was such a success because Miss Bush captured the atmosphere of the story in her rendition and because of her singing style.
This week the long list for this year's Man Booker Prize has been announced. It is a bit of a misnomer to call it a long list as there are only 13 books on the list. On the list there are three debut novels, a former winner and three previous nominees.
The longlist of authors and titles is as follows:
- Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a Family
- Anne Enright (Ireland), The Green Road
- Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
- Laila Lalami (US), The Moor's Account
- Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
- Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
- Andrew O'Hagan (UK), The Illuminations
- Marilynne Robinson (US), Lila
- Anuradha Roy (India), Sleeping on Jupiter
- Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
- Anna Smaill (New Zealand), The Chimes
- Anne Tyler (US), A Spool of Blue Thread
- Hanya Yanagihara (US), A Little Life