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Charles Dickens

Stage Door: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Circus Oz

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Charles Dickens died in 1870, midway through his last novel, and its unfinished ending has been a creative lure to stage and screen ever since.

Why Parents Don't Need a Crystal Ball

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

When I found out I was having twins, I realized I'd need all kinds of help. I read parenting books, registered for two of all the "must-haves" and selected the pink and blue layette. But the best preparation I did was building a team of "mom mentors."

A Politician's Christmas Carol

Tom Gerdy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy
Tom Gerdy

My Christmas wish is that someone uses a Dickens or Jacob Marley connection to help our elected officials with their much-needed wake-up calls. I think a visit from a few ghosts who could show them the past, present, and future might be in order.

Charles Dickens' Home Reopens

Posted 12.05.2012 | Travel

Following a £3.1 million ($5 million) refurbishment, the London abode of author Charles Dickens will reopen to the public next week, reports The Inde...

Weather's Two Winter Seasons: Before and After Christmas

Paul Yeager | Posted 02.01.2013 | Green
Paul Yeager

From Thanksgiving through Christmas Day, it's not that we tolerate snow and cold; we actually enjoy it and look forward to it. But for the remainder of the winter, we go back to our snow-hating ways.

Dickens' Enduring Lessons

Brad Harrington | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Reflection, small acts of kindness, and ultimately, transformation are just three of the lessons offered in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. On my own reflection, I'm convinced it was that transformed character of Scrooge that my old friend was thinking of when she gave me that tiny statue of Scrooge so many Christmases ago.

On 200th Birthday, There's No 'Bah Humbug' For Charles Dickens

Religion News Service | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present and the Future. The Spirits of all Three sh...

Metamorphoses, Transformations And Other Terrors Of Impermanence

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Stories involving metamorphoses of people into new states of existence are ancient and widely represented in literature and they remain surprisingly commonplace in popular culture.

The Scandal That Nearly Ruined Charles Dickens

Michael_Slater | Posted 01.27.2013 | Books

Charles Dickens was the most popular and best-loved novelist of Victorian Britain. He rejoiced in what he called 'that special relationship, personally affectionate and like no other man's' that he shared with his hundreds of thousands of readers.

First Nighter: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Entertainment Challenge Handily Solved

David Finkle | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

Whether singing, dancing or acting, not a man or woman among the ensemble submits less than an effervescent performance. Rivera, who knows every trick in her personal book, gleefully pages through it. Chase is amusingly dastardly.

TV Is Obsessed With 'Great Expectations'

Posted 10.10.2012 | TV

"Great Expectations" is all the rage in TV this development season. Both ABC and The CW have ordered modern day takes on the classic tale. Deadline...

The New Serial Fiction Revolution

Mark R. Siegel | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Mark R. Siegel

When Dickens serialized The Pickwick Papers in 1836, droves of readers crowded the docks to get the latest installment fresh off the boat--not unlike the excitement you'd have seen at a midnight release of Harry Potter.

"The Crimson Petal and the White" Is a Dramatic Exploration of Dickens Territory

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.07.2012 | TV
Jackie K. Cooper

Based on the novel by Michael Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White shines through with beautiful performances and high level drama.

It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

WATCH: Bellatrix Lestrange IS Miss Havisham In 'Great Expectations'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.17.2012 | Entertainment

The expectations are high for the latest screen adaptation of "Great Expectations" -- especially among "Harry Potter" fans. The newest version stars H...

The Barack Hussein Obama Election Year Decathlon

Will Durst | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

Even our notoriously equanimitous to the point of semi-somnambulant President occasionally is forced to engage in various sporty contortions.

Two Celebrated Authors' Precognitive Dreams!

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Weird News
Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

Is it possible to accurately visualize the future in one's dreams? According to two of the world's foremost authors,the answer is a decided YES!

Talking 'Bout a Revolution

Ali MacLean | Posted 09.17.2012 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

A guy sort of rolled his eyes and churlishly mumbled, "Why should we care in the U.S. about some dumb French holiday?" All rudeness aside, I decided to explain it to him. I love talking to churlish brick walls. I'm like a perky, blond Sisyphus.

Are the Rules of Engagement for Serious Novels Changing?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The one great hope for future generations of writers and readers of serious novels is the success of a category that is showing remarkable buoyancy, the young adult novel.

5 Haunted Houses Where I'd Love to Stay the Night

Varla Ventura | Posted 07.23.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

Here are a five freaky places I'd stay the night if I could, possibly take up residence and hang out all night with those things that go bump in the night!

PHOTOS: 9 Things You Didn't Know About Charles Dickens And 'Oliver Twist'

Ruth Richardson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Books
Ruth Richardson

London, October, 2010. Local people trying to save an old building from demolition called upon me to help. I'm a historian, and years ago I'd written about a Victorian doctor who'd worked there.

PHOTOS: These European Theme Parks Are Real?

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 07.16.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

No wonder there's a trace of lament in the Mona Lisa's smile.

Many Famous Authors Started With 'Novel 101'

Dave Astor | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.

Dicken's 'Tiny Tim' Gets Surprising 21st Century Diagnosis

Posted 03.06.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/05/2012 04:09 PM EST on LiveScience Plucky, ailing Tiny Tim is one of the most end...