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Charles Dickens's Mysterious Childhood

Ruth Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Ruth Richardson

The hype about Charles Dickens's secret late-life love affair and the new movie The Invisible Woman is everywhere. But parts of Dickens's own childhood seems to have been curiously invisible too - so well-hidden that they are only now coming to light.

Reintroducing Myself -- on Fire

MS. Havisham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
MS. Havisham

Look closely, I'm still on fire: a risen phoenix! As my BGF from the 20th, Sylvia Plath wrote: "I rise from the ashes with my red hair/ and I eat men like air."

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

The Scandal That Nearly Ruined Charles Dickens

Michael_Slater | Posted 01.27.2013 | Books
Michael_Slater

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.

Sylvia's Grand Pursuit Is a Grand Gift

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 08.18.2012 | Books
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Sylvia Nasar's Grand Pursuit is a marvelous intellectual and social history of economics, economists, and economic times during the century when economics came into its own, 1850 through 1950.

Google Celebrates Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 02.07.2012 | Technology

In an illustrative nod to the late and great English author Charles Dickens on his 200th birthday, Google's old-fashioned doodle of the day features s...

PHOTOS: The Mistakes Dickens Didn't Want You To See

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 04.08.2012 | Books
Nicole Villeneuve

Unlike for some of his other novels, Dickens didn't use planning notes for Great Expectations. The pages of the manuscript are dense with corrections.

Picking Favorites: Books That Make Me Sigh With Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

A great book happens when I pick up a book and can't put it down again; when I cannot suppress the sighs upon finishing it; when I cannot wait to tell everyone I know: read this book! But how to pick a favorite?

Royal Wedding Questions

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 06.30.2011 | Style
Maggie Van Ostrand

Well, I don't know about the rest of you but I'm weddinged out. There hasn't been this much media coverage of an event since Lindsay Lohan's last arre...

Not 'Great' But 'Adequate Expectations'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sprouting in the wake of the popular Twitter hashtag #lessambitiousmovies, which became a trending topic yesterday, another more literary hashtag emer...

Charles Dickens' Holiday Punch, And 4 Reasons Punch Is Great

Max Watman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Max Watman

Punch is the solution for the holidays, for punch has advantages: It sounds innocuous, it can be made in quantities and kept around, and it really is festive and delicious.

A(nother) Christmas Carol (VIDEO)

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

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Literary Family Dynasties

flavorwire.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although we're no longer bound to become blacksmiths or bakers based on our parents' jobs, there are some professional skills that persist from one ge...

Did Charles Dickens Invent Christmas?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although Charles Dickens is frequently credited with inventing Christmas and a whole new literary genre with a certain 1843 novella about Ebenezer Scr...

Oprah Picks 2 Dickens Novels For Book Club

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Better set some time aside for Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick. The talk show host has selected a pair of Dickens classics, "A...

Confessions of a Book Slut

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

For as long as I can remember, I was a monogamous reader. I'd start a book and read it straight through no matter how much time that took. Now I'm a book slut.

Top 10 Ghost Stories

guardian.co.uk | Kate Mosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The celebrated author of novels such as "The House of Mirth", Wharton was also a terrific writer of ghostly tales. A blend of Poe, Hawthorne and Henry...

Would You Read An eBook In Installments? The Founder Of Smashwords Wants To Know (POLL)

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

I wonder what Charles Dickens would think of serialized ebooks. The topic has been on my mind recently as I re-evaluate the policy regarding serial ebooks at Smashwords.

Are You Dickensian?

Matthew Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matthew Pearl

The world around us has become more Dickensian lately. At least that's how it seems by the way the word circulates.

"A Christmas Carol" Updated By Gerald Charles Dickens (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Associated Press -- Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, performs a one-man interpretation of 'A Christmas Carol' ...

It's Christmas: Don't Get an MFA -- Write a Story, Win a Prize

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

Plenty of writers proceed without courses, without MFAs. They read voraciously, and learn about writing from reading, the way we learned to write before there were courses in it.

Other Economists in the Room

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jane Smiley

I don't disagree with Paul Krugman, but he is missing out on some big issues that also need to be discussed and understood before we actually know what is going on in our world.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

Quiz: Which Gothic Novel Are You In?

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jilly Gagnon

2008 was a dark and stormy year, full of desperate men and women, and horrible, unspeakable deeds. But under just which heavy pall of gothically-tinged-greys are you living?