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Our story We are all employees of Nicor Gas, based in Naperville. Our book club began in 1992 when a handful of employees decided to gather informally during lunch to discuss books. Our club has since expanded to 38 employees, including four retirees. We...
The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens Edited by Jenny Hartley Oxford University Press: 458 pp., $34.95 This is the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens' birth. We need no reminder of his eminence as novelist, but there are celebrations of his other...
Lifeline Theatre will stage a new adaptation of "The Woman in White," the 1899 English ghost story by Wilkie Collins that previously became the main source of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, as the opening production of its fall season. Robert Kauzlaric's...
Tags: China, Arts and Culture, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Theater, Fiction
Culture MonsterCharles Dickens: Tuesday marks the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. Britain's National Film Theatre is holding a retrospective, and a ceremony will be held at London's Westminster Abbey starring actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who, along with...
Show TrackerA few weeks back I wrote about "Poldark," a BBC series from the mid-1970s that had recently been released in a complete-set package on DVD (by Acorn Media), as a cure for "Downton Abbey" withdrawal. A tale of romance and class war, of tradition and...
The Daily Mirrorhis is Elizabeth C. Franklin or Miss Franklin to those of us who worked for her. It wasn't until she loaned me her precious Film Index of 1941 with her name written inside that I learned she had once been......
Things to know about our club: Women Who Read has been in existence for 14 years, beginning as a small group of co-workers who then brought along friends and neighbors. We're a diverse group, with careers ranging from artist to scientist, but our love...
The Daily MirrorWe have commenter Fibber McGee to thank for this week's movie. Also, I have a new boyfriend, and his name is Tod Slaughter! (Both of those are real names! Oh, OK... Tod's real first name was Norman...) I read Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" many...
Semi-spoiler alert: Some of Kate Summerscale's conclusions in "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" are presented but not all. Modern detectives trace their lineage in world literature to Oedipus, whose search for his true identity has made him, to some...
Myth is an extremely rich vein that writers have always mined. This year was no exception, as demonstrated by Kate Summerscale's splendid nonfiction study of a 19th century murder, "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" (Walker: 380 pp., $24.95). In 1860, the...
Tags: Murder, Los Angeles, Crimes, Death, Folklore and Mythology
So, Charles Dickens' great fragment, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," has been finished by a contemporary writer? That's what I thought, eyeing the titles of Dan Simmons' and Matthew Pearl's new novels. At last. The story of Dickens' final book is...
Tags: Social Issues, Murder, Drug Trafficking, Charles Dickens, Crimes
It is a truth universally acknowledged that after Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious death in 1849, detective fiction did not make another splash on these shores until a pipe-smoking Englishman with remarkable powers of deduction became a transatlantic...
Tags: Murder, Crimes, Death, Edgar Allan Poe, Assault
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