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This is from the BBC website:
Cold in the Earth and Fifteen Wild Decembers
By Sally Wainwright, based on a theory by Sarah Fermi.
Why did Emily Jane BrontÃ« write Wuthering Heights? And how was she able to do it? In spite of the massive amount of material published about the BrontÃ« sisters over the last 150 years, these two questions still remain unanswered. Yet given the large amount of autobiographical material in the novels of Charlotte and Anne BrontÃ«, it is almost unthinkable that Emily would not have also used her own experience in the creation of her great book. How could she write so vividly about love, grief and hatred without having known these emotions in her own life?
This is a compelling drama about the story of Emily BrontÃ«'s socially transgressive love affair with a weaver's son.
This is a media release from Diane Benn:
A member of the BrontÃ« Society who researched and wrote several papers on the life of Emily BrontÃ« will have her work broadcast on Radio 4â€™s Saturday Play on Saturday 11 March 2006 at 2.30 pm until 3.30 pm
Sarah Fermi, who is in the process of writing a speculative biography entitled â€˜Emilyâ€™s Journalâ€™ has been working with writer Sally Wainwright who created and wrote TV programmes such as â€˜Canterbury Talesâ€™ and â€˜At Home with the Braithwaitesâ€™. Sally has taken Sarah Fermiâ€™s research and constructed a play about Emily BrontÃ«â€™s romance with a weaverâ€™s son.
Sarahâ€™s research focused on the theory that Emily BrontÃ« probably had a tragic romantic relationship with a young working-class lad, Robert Clayton, who died when they were both 18 years old. Questions were asked as to how Emily BrontÃ« was able to write such a powerful love story which turned into the classic â€˜Wuthering Heightsâ€™ novel without experiencing such strong emotions herself.
Sarah Fermi says â€œI learned all I could about Emily, and carefully examined the chronological development of her poetry. There are quite a few aspects of her life which present interesting questions. Why did Emily change from a charming and outgoing child to a solitary and reserved young woman? Why was she sent away to Roe Head School in 1835 and what was the real reason for Emilyâ€™s near-fatal illness there?â€�