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Dickensian Christmas

Words: Lottie Goldfinch


Charles Dickens – a name as synonymous with Christmas as roast turkey or plum pudding. His popular novella, A Christmas Carol, remains a firm favourite with audiences today, and has been in print continuously since its publication in December 1843. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from greedy miser to charitable gent has been adapted for film, television, ballet, musical and even opera. Actors from Bill Murray to Kermit the Frog have taken on the roles of the story’s most well- known characters, and the novel has been translated into dozens of different languages. Yet Dickens’s tale is more than simply a feel-good Christmas story; it sheds light on the dark world of the Victorian poor and the daily struggle to survive, as well as offering a glimpse into the mind of Dickens himself.


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