Books

Towel Day

History of Towel Day: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By billpetro / May 25, 2024 /

HISTORY OF TOWEL DAY May 25 celebrates Towel Day to honor Douglas Adams, the author of the five (or six) book trilogy Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Created in May 2001 to mark the passing of English science fiction humor author Douglas Adams, the day is set aside for fans of his writings to carry a…

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Star Wars

History of Star Wars: Premiered 47 Years Ago

By billpetro / May 24, 2024 /

HISTORY OF STAR WARS The original Star Wars movie premiered on May 25, 1977. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… …in Berkeley, in November 1976, I picked up a new science fiction novel called “Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker” by George Lucas. I did not know then that it was…

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King James Bible

History of the King James Bible: Over 400 Years of the Authorized Version?

By billpetro / May 2, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE Four hundred thirteen years ago, on May 2, 1611, marked the publishing, at the request of the Anglican clergy, of what would become the Authorized Version of the Bible to wide acclaim. But there are at least three problems with that statement. While it is true that the King…

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Peter Pan

History of Peter Pan: the Story Behind the 71-Year-Old Disney Classic

By billpetro / February 5, 2024 /

HISTORY OF PETER PAN All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.   So begins my favorite Walt Disney animated movie, Peter Pan, which debuted 71 years ago on February 5, 1953. The original movie poster said: “It will live in your heart forever” …and indeed it has. Why was this…

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A Christmas Carol

History of A Christmas Carol: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

By billpetro / December 19, 2023 /

HISTORY OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” was published in London, its first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. No other book or story by Dickens or anyone else (except the Bible) has been more enjoyed, referred to, criticized, or more frequently adapted to other media forms:…

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Young Charles Dickens

History of Charles Dickens: 211 years Ago

By billpetro / February 7, 2023 / Comments Off on History of Charles Dickens: 211 years Ago

HISTORY OF CHARLES DICKENS Today marks the 211th birthdate of Charles Dickens, considered by many the greatest English writer since Shakespeare — at least he was during his lifetime in the Victorian age. He enjoyed the distinction of fame and a measure of financial success during his lifetime, starting in his 20s. Many of his…

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A Christmas Carol

History of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

By billpetro / December 19, 2022 /

History of A Christmas Carol and the impact of Charles Dickens’ classic

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jrr tolkien

History of J.R.R. Tolkien: A 100-Year Love Affair

By billpetro / September 1, 2022 /

HISTORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A 100-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR Tonight begins the Amazon Prime TV series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which depicts the Second Age of Tolkien’s legendarium, set over three thousand of years before the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This is expected to be the most expensive TV series in…

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Book Review: The Children of Hurin

By billpetro / July 9, 2007 /

Book Review: The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien Perhaps the saddest book I’ve ever read, the first “new” J.R.R. Tolkien book in 30 years, is “…long and sad in the telling, as are all tales of Middle Earth.” While it is beautiful in its composition and profound in its scope, it contains at all…

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