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March 2015: The Yablon Fellowship for Brontë Studies 

Duration: One month

2016 sees the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the writing dynasty that changed the landscape of the nineteenth-century English novel. Chawton House Library is home to an excellent collection of rare early nineteenth-century novels, and an extensive collection of secondary material and printed ephemera donated by Tony Yablon on the Brontës’ lives and works. We welcome applications from any scholar or writer working on a project that will make use of this material.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in this fellowship, the full advert can be found on both the University of Southampton and the Chawton House Library webpages, which I am linking to, below: 



Linda Ling                                                                                                                                                Membership Officer                                                                                                                                   The Brontë Society                                                                                                                                 Brontë Parsonage Museum                                                                                                                     Church Street                                                                                                                                         Haworth,                                                                                                                                                     West Yorkshire BD22 8DR                                                                                                                   England

Email:  linda.ling@bronte.org.uk

February 27, 2015 The Brontë family dining table returns to the Parsonage


On a snowy Thursday afternoon at the end of January, the staff at the Museum were delighted to welcome home the Brontë family dining table.

The table left the Parsonage in the sale that followed Patrick Brontë’s death in 1861.  Last year, the Brontë Society was approached about purchasing it, and thanks to a very generous grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, was able to secure it for future generations to enjoy in its original setting.

Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were all written at the table, which bears ink stains, a candle burn and the letter ‘E’ scratched into its surface.  It looks perfectly at home in the dining room and we do hope you’ll come and see it soon.

The Brontë Society & Brontë Parsonage Museum bronte@bronte.org.uk

January 26, 2015 Brontë Table Brought Back to Parsonage Museum Haworth

Ann Dinsdale, of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, said “Its one of the most important literary artifacts of the 19th Century”.

For details visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-30973455

Contributed by Paul Daniggelis.

February 17, 2015  –  Brontë Society                                                                                                        The Brontë Society has received a request from Prof Daham M’hamed at the Khemisti Middle School in Algeria asking if we have any spare copies of the following Brontë novels for his students:

Charlotte Brontë:                                                                                                                                            Jane Eyre                                                                                                                                                        The Professor                                                                                                                                                    Villette                                                                                                                                                              Shirley

 Emily Jane Brontë:                                                                                                                                        Wuthering Heights

 Ann Brontë:                                                                                                                                                    Agnes Grey                                                                                                                                                        The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

If you have any spare copies (preferably paperback to lower postage costs) to donate to this school, please send them to the Parsonage Museum at the address below: attention – Matthew Withey.

Any surplus copies received to be stored for future requests.

Thank you very much in anticipation.

Linda Ling                                                                                                                                     Membership Officer                                                                                                                                 Brontë Society                                                                                                                                       Email:  linda.ling@bronte.org.uk

The Brontë Society                                                                                                                                 Brontë Parsonage Museum                                                                                                               Church Street                                                                                                                                       Haworth, West Yorkshire BD22 8DR                                                                                               England

October 2014 Enhanced Classics – Larry and Lori Wark                                                              Enhanced Classic readers will get lost in a good book as authors such as the Brontes, Dickens, and Austen come to life.

Enhanced Classics

Enhanced Classics is developing the technology to create an application to enhance the reading of classic literature. An Enhanced Classic e-book will include high-quality video of interviews with literary scholars and historians; slide shows of locations, people or fashions of the time and audio of period music or dialects. Insertion of this material at appropriate points within the text of the novel allows the reader to have an instant connection between the novel and an author’s life. Our application will also include extras such as bibliographies, interactive maps and timelines showing important historical or personal events during an author’s lifetime.

The first edition of Enhanced Classics is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Lori Wark – The Team:                                                                                                                       Larry and I have been working on this project ever since we lived in Haworth, England, the home of the Brontës 20 years ago. During our stay we had the incredible opportunity to speak with scholars, do research in the parsonage, the home of the Brontes, and walk the moors, which were so important to the three sisters and also influenced their writing. We came back from Haworth realizing how exciting it was to be able to read a classic work having an understanding about more about the author.  Our plans were put on hold until now because e-book technology did not exist at the time. We are now working to create an application, which will seamlessly blend the reading of classic novels with video, audio, slide shows and other media that will shed light on an author’s life and times.

Larry has over 30 years experience as a software developer, and I have over 25 years of experience in web production as programmer, producer, writer and videographer. I also have a background in literary history.

We are looking for donations to help fund the project. Jane Eyre will be our first edition. Other classics will proceed after that. Larry and I started Enhanced Classics as a business to combine our talents and knowledge. I have a passion for literary history and Larry is an IT professional. We frequently go to Haworth. Our latest trip was just a few weeks ago. We video taped interviews with Ann Dinsdale [Brontë Parsonage Museum Librarian] and local historian, Steven Wood. These interviews will become part of the ebook.

Tipping Point Goal: $6,000                                                                           Total Funding Goal: $15,000

Our Funding Goals                                                                                                                         All money raised through this campaign will enable us to recruit the technical team members who can help us design and develop this interactive technology. With the Tipping Point of $6000, we will be able to move ahead with the prototype.  Once we reach our Total Funding Goal, we will have a complete beta version of the application ready to test.

See more at: http://startsomegood.com/enhancedclassics#sthash.578OFrnF.dpuf

Contact: loriwark@gmail.com – Biograph II Productions                                                                 Other Informationbiographiiproductions.com – Web Design & Development

September 4, 2014: “Brontë  Society president defends leadership of literary group”: 


Submitted by Paul Daniggelis

September 4, 2014: Brontë Moments – A Compilation by Paul Daniggelis

This is just to inform Brontë enthusiasts that my recently released book, Brontë Moments – A Compilation is currently available at Amazon.com/Books. It is a compilation of several previously published articles in Brontë Society journals plus a poem, short story and novella, all dedicated to that marvelous family of literary classics. Theresa Connors, U.S. Brontë Rep (2002-2009) loved it.

Paul Daniggelis

June 15, 2014: Haworth, New Jersey Library Fundraising

Beth Potter – Friends of the Haworth Library  – I’m with the Friends of the Haworth NJ Library.  Yes, Haworth–and we have documentation that our “Haworth” is named for Haworth, England.  In 1872 there was a railroad financier named John S. Sauzade who helped put the railroad through our area–he was a banker but he was also a novelist and a fan of the Brontës.  And he named our station stop “Haworth” in their honor.  I’m attaching a photo of Mr. Sauzade.  To get to the point…we’re in the middle of a fundraising campaign for our little library.  We have enough money for the construction, which has started, but now we’re raising money for the furnishings (and hopefully new carpeting).  We’ve pretty much tapped out the 3000 people who live in Haworth, and the handful of businesses–so I’m trying to get creative with our fundraising.  We’ve always felt a kinship with Haworth, England–we have a good deal of Brontë/Haworth UK related material in the library–so I’m reaching out to people and organizations that might have a soft spot for our Brontë connection.

I’m just wondering if any of your members might be interested in contributing, say, as a group: “The Brontë Society of _____.”  There will be a donor wall with names listed, for individuals and groups that give at least $250 (I’m also attaching our donation card).

I’d be glad to answer any questions…thanks for “listening.”  Just so you know, the library expansion will include a bigger children’s room, a meeting room, and a local history room.

our library’s website has a link to donate on its homepage, haworth.bccls.org.  It’s a paypal button…but you really have to scroll down the page! – Beth Potter – Friends of the Haworth Library – 300 Haworth Ave. – Haworth NJ  07641 – Housetales@aol.com

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