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Feb. 7 is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Quotes from the great English novelist

Feb. 7 is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Quotes from the great English novelist
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Charles Dickens’ books have been “occupying" libraries across the nation long before the term became fashionable. Yet many of his themes remain as relevant today as they were in the 1800s.

Dickens often wrote about a disdain for the rich. People knew characters such as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Pip and Miss Havisham, and Fagin and Oliver Twist whether they had read Dickens’ books or not.

“Everything he wrote about in the 1840s is still relevant," Dickens' biographer, Claire Tomalin said, according to the Associated Press. "The great gulf between the rich and poor, corrupt financiers... You name it, he said it."

Reuters reported that Dickens’ first novel was "The Pickwick Papers," followed by "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby." He also wrote "Bleak House," "Hard Times," "Little Dorrit," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations." Dickens died from a stroke in 1870 at age 58.

 

Viral campaign to 'Stop Kony' in Uganda gains Twitter and YouTube momentum

Viral campaign to 'Stop Kony' in Uganda gains Twitter and YouTube momentum
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A documentary about a little-known Ugandan conflict is trying to create international awareness about Joseph Kony and Ugandan military group, the Lord’s Resistance Army...

Rupert Murdoch's new legal troubles: Staff at The Sun tabloid arrested on bribery charges

Rupert Murdoch's new legal troubles: Staff at The Sun tabloid arrested on bribery charges

The Scotland Yard investigation of phone hacking and bribery at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in England resulted in the arrest of four journalists, bringing the total number of those arrested to 13 sin...

Au Revoir to Homework?

Au Revoir to Homework?
BY IRWIN STOOLMACHER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In case you missed it, French President Francois Hollande has proposed eliminating homework in elementary and junior high schools in the n...

Cost of U.S. gas gallon could spike as Iran cuts oil exports

Cost of U.S. gas gallon could spike as Iran cuts oil exports
BY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Here we go again, and it’s not even summer.

Gas prices are predicted to rise – perhaps even closing in on the $5 per gallon mark – in part because Iran cut oil exp...

'The Jesus Discovery': Biblical tomb possibly found by scholars Tabor and Jacobovici

'The Jesus Discovery': Biblical tomb possibly found by scholars Tabor and Jacobovici
BY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A Biblical scholar and a documentary filmmaker claim to have found the tomb where Jesus was buried.

James Tabor , a Biblical scholar and Simcha Jacobovici, a documentar...

Human sacrifice of children in rural India is ongoing

Human sacrifice of children in rural India is ongoing
BY CHRISTINE SAVOIA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Human sacrifice is not just a topic found in world history textbooks. The Indian government has been cracking down on the practice in recent years, an occurrenc...

Tech-savvy Pope Benedict XVI sets up Lenten Twitter

Tech-savvy Pope Benedict XVI sets up Lenten Twitter
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

He already has a Facebook page, with over 35,000 likes. Now the Pope is tweeting daily during Lent to get his message out to the younger generation and...

Sex Abuse Scandal, Money and Gay Lobby May Have Made Pope Resign

Sex Abuse Scandal, Money and Gay Lobby May Have Made Pope Resign
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A report is saying that a breach of the sixth and seventh commandments was behind the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

According to an Italian newspaper, a 300-p...

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