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A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, generally called A Christmas Carol, is a novella by means of Charles Dickens, first released in London by way of Chapman & corridor in 1843; the 1st version used to be illustrated through John Leech. A Christmas Carol tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an outdated miser who's visited through the ghost of his former enterprise companion Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas prior, current and but to return. After their visits Scrooge is reworked right into a kinder, gentler man.

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time whilst the British have been interpreting and exploring Christmas traditions from the prior, akin to carols, in addition to new customs reminiscent of Christmas bushes. He was once encouraged via stories from his personal prior, and from the Christmas tales of different authors, together with Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Dickens had written 3 Christmas tales ahead of the novella, and was once encouraged to write down the tale following a trip to the sphere Lane Ragged college, among the institutions for London's half-starved, illiterate road teenagers. The remedy of the bad and the power of a self-interested guy redeeming himself via becoming a extra sympathetic personality are the most important issues of the tale. there's dialogue between lecturers to whether this was once an absolutely secular tale, or whether it is a Christian allegory.

Published on 19 December, the 1st variation offered out by way of Christmas Eve; through the top of 1844 13 versions have been published. such a lot critics reviewed the novella certainly. the tale used to be illicitly copied in January 1844; Dickens took motion opposed to the publishers, who went bankrupt, additional lowering Dickens's small earnings from the e-book. He went directly to write 4 different Christmas tales in next years. In 1849 he begun public readings of the tale which proved such a success he undertook 127 additional performances till 1870, the yr of his loss of life. A Christmas Carol hasn't ever been out of print and has been translated into a number of languages; the tale has been tailored repeatedly for movie, level, opera and different media.

With A Christmas Carol, Dickens captured the zeitgeist of the mid-Victorian revival of the Christmas vacation. He has been said as a power at the sleek Western observance of Christmas and encouraged numerous elements of Christmas, comparable to kinfolk gatherings, seasonal foods and drinks, dancing, video games and a festive generosity of spirit.

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