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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
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Starz orders second season of 'Black Sails'

Starz orders second season of 'Black Sails'

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- A second season of "Black Sails" has been ordered ahead of the pirate drama's Season 1 premiere, America's Starz network announced Friday.
Production on pirate drama 'Black Sails' begins in South Africa

Production on pirate drama 'Black Sails' begins in South Africa

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Starz Entertainment says production has begun in Cape Town, South Africa on the new original series "Black Sails" from executive producer Michael Bay.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
By United Press International
Stephens to star in TV's 'Black Sails'

Stephens to star in TV's 'Black Sails'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- British actor Toby Stephens is to lead the cast of the small-screen pirate series "Black Sails," Starz announced Friday.
Bay producing pirate drama for Starz

Bay producing pirate drama for Starz

LOS ANGELES, May 3 (UPI) -- Starz says it has ordered an eight-episode pirate adventure series to be produced by Hollywood filmmaker Michael Bay.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.
By United Press International
Izzard, Wood to star in 'Treasure Island'

Izzard, Wood to star in 'Treasure Island'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland are leading the cast of a TV adaptation of "Treasure Island," now filming in Ireland and Puerto Rico.
Whitaker, 50 Cent cast in 'Jekyll'

Whitaker, 50 Cent cast in 'Jekyll'

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Forest Whitaker and rapper 50 Cent have signed up for roles in a contemporary adaptation of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
Keanu Reeves tapped for 'Jekyll' film

Keanu Reeves tapped for 'Jekyll' film

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Keanu Reeves has been pegged to star in a planned new film version of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the Hollywood Reporter says.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, Nov. 13, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2005 with 48 to follow.
By United Press International

List of best Scottish books surprising

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- For those who think Scottish literature began with Burns and ended with Scott, a list of the country's 100 best books has some surprises.
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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 30 most translated authors in the world, just below Charles Dickens. He has been greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."

Stevenson was born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson at 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 13 November 1850, to Thomas Stevenson (1818–1887), a leading lighthouse engineer, and his wife, the former Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829–1897). Lighthouse design was the family profession: Thomas's own father (Robert's grandfather) was the famous Robert Stevenson, and his maternal grandfather, Thomas Smith, and brothers Alan and David were also among those in the business. On Margaret's side, the family were gentry, tracing their name back to an Alexander Balfour, who held the lands of Inchrye in Fife in the fifteenth century. Her father, Lewis Balfour (1777–1860), was a minister of the Church of Scotland at nearby Colinton, and Stevenson spent the greater part of his boyhood holidays in his house. "Now I often wonder", says Stevenson, "what I inherited from this old minister. I must suppose, indeed, that he was fond of preaching sermons, and so am I, though I never heard it maintained that either of us loved to hear them."

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