BLOGWORDS – WREADING WEDNESDAY – 14 December 2016 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A snarling Victorian miser whose name would become synonymous with an utter lack of joy is the unlikely protagonist in Charles Dickens’ most famous tale, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three Christmas spirits, each of whom has something to show the tight-fisted old grump about the miraculous nature – and dangerous absence – of love. This story is unique in that it is particularly well-suited for children during the holiday season, and it works on so many levels as a ghost story, a holiday fiction and a fairy tale, complete with a happy ending.
One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
Wreading Wednesday, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchett, Tiny Tim