Some class issues in a Christmas classic.


A Christmas Carol[note 1] 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
visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases 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's 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 the Christmas stories of Washington Irving.[1]

The tale has been viewed as an indictment of nineteenth century
industrial capitalism and was adapted several times to the stage, and
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,[2] and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

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