THE president of the Bronte Society has rejected claims the literary group has “lost its way”.
Sir James Aykroyd, who has previously held senior roles with Buchanan’s whisky and Martini and Rosso, has launched Brontë Liqueur in the UK.
Who decides which books readers and students should immerse themselves in and discuss with breathlessly reverent tones? It goes much deeper and quieter than the authorial decisions of writers: whose fingerprints are on the catalogue of must-read-literature?
Professor Deirdre Coleman, a specialist in 18th and 19th-century literature at the University of Melbourne, considers Wuthering Heights a quintessential classic.
Do you take it dark with a twist of weird on the side? I do! Why is that? Why do many of us find Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) so compelling? Why are we caught up in his angst? Remember the horrific scene when he opens Cathy’s coffin? We condemn it, it’s too awful to contemplate but we understand his awful dilemma: he cannot bear the world without her!