The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 21, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 21, 2012.
By United Press International

Museum wants to buy Bronte manuscript

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- England's Bronte Parsonage Museum says it is raising funds to buy at auction an unpublished manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte when she was 14.
Cameras set to roll on 'Jane Eyre' film

Cameras set to roll on 'Jane Eyre' film

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- Production on the latest screen adaptation of the literary classic "Jane Eyre" is to begin next week in the United Kingdom, Focus Features said.
Wasikowska, Fassbender up for 'Eyre'

Wasikowska, Fassbender up for 'Eyre'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are in talks to headline a big-screen version of the classic British novel "Jane Eyre," sources told Variety.
Page to play title heroine in 'Eyre'

Page to play title heroine in 'Eyre'

LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Canadian actress Ellen Page has been cast as the heroine in the latest big-screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic British romance "Jane Eyre."

Author of Jane Eyre feared libel suit

LONDON, May 26 (UPI) -- An apology letter from the author of Jane Eyre, to avoid a possible libel suit over her portrayal of a school in the book, has just come to light.

British librarians pick 'Mockingbird'

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- British librarians have voted Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" as the book they would recommend for all adults to read.

'Jane Eyre's' secret staircase discovered

NORTON CONYERS, England, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The secret staircase leading to an attic prison, which inspired Charlotte Bronte's novel "Jane Eyre," has been discovered in Britain.

Charlotte Brontë (pronounced /ˈbrɒnti/ or /ˈbrɒnteɪ/)) (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels are English literature standards. Under the pen name Currer Bell, she wrote Jane Eyre.

Charlotte was born in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria née Branwell. In April 1821, the family moved a few miles to Haworth, where Patrick had been appointed Perpetual Curate. Mrs Brontë died of cancer on 15 September 1821, leaving five daughters and a son to be taken care of by her sister Elizabeth Branwell. In August 1824, Charlotte was sent with three of her sisters, Emily, Maria and Elizabeth, to the Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire (which she would describe as Lowood School in Jane Eyre). Its poor conditions, Charlotte maintained, permanently affected her health and physical development and hastened the deaths of her two elder sisters, Maria (born 1814) and Elizabeth (born 1815), who died of tuberculosis in June 1825 soon after their father removed them from the school on 1 June.

At home in Haworth Parsonage, Charlotte and the other surviving children — Branwell, Emily and Anne — began chronicling the lives and struggles of the inhabitants of their imaginary kingdoms. Charlotte and Branwell wrote Byronic stories about their country — Angria — and Emily and Anne wrote articles and poems about theirs — Gondal. The sagas were elaborate and convoluted (and still exist in part manuscripts) and provided them with an obsessive interest in childhood and early adolescence, which prepared them for their literary vocations in adulthood.

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