1843, Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol,” in England
The preface of A Christmas Carol said: ” I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”
Charles Dickens is an iconic British writer, writing many of his works from London and Kent.
He created some of the worlds best known characters such as Miss Havisham, Magwitch and Oliver Twist, he is regarded to many as the best writer within the Victorian period.
Dickens wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms, many of his novels are a reflection of his political views,writing in Victorian Britain.
A Christmas Carol was a social commentary on the ever widening gap between the wealth of the rich and the every growing poverty in society.
The character of Scrooge is a exaggerated characterisation of what Dickens perceived many of the rich in Victorian Britain to be like.
Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an iconic part of Christmas, a warning to all bar-humbugs or Scrooges everywhere that Christmas is a time for sharing and spending time with those you love.
The novella was met with instant success and critical acclaim being made into numerous film adaptations.
A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Charles Dickens is.
The story is a true expression of reviving old Christmas traditions, of sharing, generosity and love at Christmas time.