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America strikes out (again!)

America strikes out (again!)

Harlan Ullman: Against bleak domestic and international outlooks, straight-forward solutions exist. The question is when we will come to our senses.
Harlan Ullman

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
By United Press International
Study: 'A Christmas Carol' still popular because it is still relevant

Study: 'A Christmas Carol' still popular because it is still relevant

MANHATTAN, Kan., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Charles Dickens' classic novella "A Christmas Carol" still resonates because of its central theme that a person can always change, U.S. researchers say.

Twas the week before Christmas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The growing disparity of income and wealth between rich and poor is a political quandary that will require far more than future holidays such as Christmas or July Fourth to catalyze action.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Spanish man seeks to return books taken in Britain 25 years ago

CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Spanish man who took three books from his host family while studying English in Britain 25 years ago said he wants to return them to their owners.
'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel in the works

'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A sequel to the 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" is being developed and will feature original co-star Karolyn Grimes, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble to star in NBC Christmas specials

Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble to star in NBC Christmas specials

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble are to star in a pair of upcoming hour-long U.S. holiday specials, NBC announced Friday.
Stephen King's 'It' to be included in Gitmo prison library

Stephen King's 'It' to be included in Gitmo prison library

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The prison library in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reversed its rejection of a Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack victim's gift of Stephen King's "It," a spokesman said.

N.Y. art dealer allegedly sold forgeries, then failed to pay taxes

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- A New York art dealer was charged Wednesday with failing to pay federal income tax on the proceeds from selling alleged fakes.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 11, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
By United Press International

Scrooge's transformation parallels reality

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers who conducted an in-depth study of 14 people who experienced profound, sudden and lasting change say Ebenezer Scrooge would fit in the study.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
By United Press International

Tolkien, Dickens kin team up on books

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Descendants of British literary lions Charles Dickens and J.R.R. Tolkien are collaborating on a pair of fantasy novels and audiobooks, their publishers said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
By United Press International
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (pronounced /ˈtʃɑrlz ˈdɪkɪnz/; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

Many of his novels, with their recurrent concern for social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialised form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

His work has been praised for its mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as George Gissing, Leo Tolstoy and G. K. Chesterton, though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, criticised it for sentimentality and implausibility.

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