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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
By United Press International
Author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

Author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- Science-fiction titan Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles, his family said Wednesday. He was 91.

Sleep paralysis more frequent in students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Only 8 percent of the general population experiences sleep paralysis, but it is more frequent in students and psychiatric patients, U.S. researchers said.
Hurt, Hawke star in 'Moby Dick' mini

Hurt, Hawke star in 'Moby Dick' mini

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Encore said the first original program it will air will be the miniseries "Moby Dick," starring Ethan Hawke and William Hurt.
Glover to star in Syfy's 'Dragons' flick

Glover to star in Syfy's 'Dragons' flick

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Danny Glover is to star in the small-screen science-fiction flick "Age of Dragons," Syfy said Tuesday.

Big albino muskie landed in Wisconsin

LADYSMITH, Wis., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- It wasn't quite Captain Ahab's great white whale Moby Dick, but a Wisconsin angler reeled in a huge white fish -- a rare 51-inch albino muskie, officials say.

Prehistoric whale fossil found in Peru

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Scientists say they've discovered the fossilized skull and jaw of a giant sperm whale, 12 million to 13 million years old, off the coast of Peru.

'Moby Dick' flick in the works

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Universal Pictures reportedly has hired "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov to head its new big-screen adaptation of "Moby Dick."

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

CliffNotes now available in DVD format

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. students will soon get even more help in limiting their studying time thanks to a new DVD collection that acts as a video form of CliffNotes.

John Huston review runs in London

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Britain's National Film Theatre is honoring legendary American film director John Huston with a retrospective review that runs through Christmas.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2006 with 152 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2005 with 152 to follow.
By United Press International

Moby was prolific in making new album

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- Pop star Moby had a whale of a choice when it came to songs for his new album, "hotel."
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Moby-Dick, also known as The Whale, is a novel first published in 1851 by American author Herman Melville. Moby-Dick is widely considered to be a Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab intends to take revenge.

In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the main character's journey, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of gods are all examined as Ishmael speculates upon his personal beliefs and his place in the universe. The narrator's reflections, along with his descriptions of a sailor's life aboard a whaling ship, are woven into the narrative along with Shakespearean literary devices such as stage directions, extended soliloquies and asides. The book portrays insecurity that is still seen today when it comes to non-human beings along with the belief that these beings understand and act like humans. The story is based on the actual events around the whaleship Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale while at sea and sank.

Moby-Dick has been classified as American Romanticism. It was first published by Richard Bentley in London on October 18, 1851, in an expurgated three-volume edition titled The Whale, and weeks later as a single volume, by New York City publisher Harper and Brothers as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale on November 14, 1851. Although the book initially received mixed reviews, Moby-Dick is now considered part of the Western canon.

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