April 10, 1957 —
Listen to a young Claire Bloom reading from a selection of letters by Emily, Anne and Charlotte Brontë in "The Brontë Sisters," a 1957 program submitted for consideration to the Peabody Awards.
All three Brontë sisters were accomplished writers: Charlotte is best known for Jane Eyre, Emily for Wuthering Heights and Anne for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Their well-known, tragic story is told mostly through letters from 1841, 1845, 1848 and 1849 -- either to each other or to other recipients. Francis Steegmuller provides narrative cohesiveness.
This reading was part of a WNYC Program called WNYC Annual Book Festival, which ran for five years from 1953 to 1957.
54 years later, Ms. Bloom was interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show. Listen to her interview here.