A Christmas Carol -- December 17, 2014

On this day in 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published in London. The novella about the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the error of his miserly ways, became an instant classic. It sold an astounding 6,000 copies in a week! Within five months, it was already in its 7th edition.


How long did it take Dickens to write A Christmas Carol?

a) 2 weeks

b) 6 weeks

c) 6 months

d) 2 years

Answer below!


A Christmas Carol has been adapted into countless film versions. Enjoy this montage from the 1999 made-for-TV version starring Patrick Stewart as Srooge.


Charles Dickens owned a pet raven named Grip, who appeared as a character in his novel Barnaby Rudge. When Dickens came to America, he met Edgar Allan Poe, who thought the raven should have played a more important role in the book. It is presumed that Barnaby Rudge inspired Poe to write his most famous poem, “The Raven.” Dickens had Grip stuffed after the bird’s demise and it is on display at the Free Library in Philadelphia. 


Very rare first edition copies of A Christmas Carol cans sell from $15,000 to an astonishing $40,000!

A Christmas Carol has been translated into dozens of languages...

QUOTES OF THE DAY:  A Christmas Carol edition

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” 

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster."

“No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.” 

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!"

“God bless us, everyone!” 


b) Dickens wrote his classic novella in only six weeks. What can you accomplish in six weeks?