A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.


28 Replies to “A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens”

  1. This reminds me so much of a play of the same name that I went to at SIU in Southern Illinois. I thoroughly enjoyed the play and also this film. I have never seen it before, but it was wonderful. I'm sure Mr. Dickens would be very pleased.

  2. The industrial revolution took many long standing livings from many-many people; creating a truly pitiful underclass.
    Capitalism caters to the maverick, though because of the hard-bitten nature of human beings, I feel encouraged too often to regard it as inherently evil.
    But I like it.
    Socialism caters more to a communal paradigm. People sanctioned goverment provides needed services to the community. I feel encouraged however to feel that it succors and even fosters dependency. The 'work ethic' is eschewed, abused, and ignored – shifting responsibility to thier fellow. Not good.
    But I like it.
    No good either way. No workable assembledge of the two, no compromise.
    I like anarchy.
    And this lame-ass comment is bullshit. No worries, Deletion.
    Dickens's was a genius.

  3. Ken Riccio poems

    this is my father Anthony Riccio scrooge. but my father remained evil his entire life never being happy or having an appreciation for anyone or anything, he was an evil narcissistic man, a control freak, a liar and a thief that destroyed his family, he never had one friend in his entire life and everyone hated him, he was a degenerate of a man, a lowlife, a trader , a cheapskate that would never share or help anyone and he had millions of dollars. all he ever did was complain and complain for 80 years and talked bad about everyone behind their back. he never did learn to be kind or have any compassion and so he is worse then scrooge because at least scrooge learned in the end..

  4. The acting was SUPERB! This was incredible! Thank you so much for this amazing work of art and thank you Dickens for sharing your amazing spirit and soul.
    Merry Christmas everyone. God bless

  5. Passable version of Dickens' novel but I prefer the George C. Scott version more. New Castle After Dark channel is showing that again this year. I highly recommend it!

  6. Loved Michael Hordern's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in this shortened version. As so many others have commented the 1951 version with Alastair Sim ranks as number one, though Patrick Stewart did a masterful job of portraying Ebenezer Scrooge.

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