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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
originally published in 1843
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      Man, what do you even say about an immortal hit like this one?  Christmas Carol was a success in every way measurable except financially, for the Author, who published it in a time before movie adaptations and strong copy right protection.  Charles Dickens was frustrated by his failure to capitalize financially on the success of A Christmas Carol, but the enduring tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the visit he's paid by the Ghosts of Past, Present & Future has to be one of the most successful literary efforts of the 19th and 20th centuries combined.

Ebeneezer Scrooge

   First of all, it is a "Christmas Story" published at a time when "modern" Christmas traditions were being established.   Second of all, it's short- only 100 pages on my Kindle.  Third of all, it has plenty of what people in the music business call "hooks"- witness Ebeneezer Scrooge's "BAH HUMBUG" or the character of Timothy "TINY TIM" Cratchit, crippled son of Scrooge's long suffering clerk.  Charles Dickens had hits for days but rarely does he pack them into such a small space and hook the narrative up to a holiday as popular as Christmas would become during the 19th century.

Other Posts About Charles Dickens On This Blog

Book Review:  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens11/20/14
Book Review: Dickens and His Readers: Aspects of Novel Criticism Since 1836 by George H. Ford. 3/25/13
Book Review: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, 3/17/13.
Book Review:  Dickens Worlds by Humphrey House, 3/8/13
Book Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 9/21/12
Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 8/23/12
Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 7/17/12.
Book Review: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens, 6/19/12.
Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 6/7/12.


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