A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
By : Charles Dickens
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CHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870)

CHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870)
wrote "A Christmas Carol" in a few weeks in 1843. It was the first of his Christmas stories, which appeared for 25 years in a row, between the larger novels for which he is chiefly known. When he died, a young girl in London exclaimed, 'Dickens is dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?'
Having been very poor as a child and young man, Dickens took the side of the poor people throughout his life and his writings. In his first years as a writer he showed a tendency towards optimism, and the troubles of his poor characters were often given a happy end, perhaps by the kindness of some rich man - as in "A Christmas Carol".
At times, Dickens' reputation in English literature has stood second only to that of Shakespeare. Part of the reason for this is to be found in the way he created realistic characters, such as the money-loving old man Ebenezer Scrooge of the present story.
Dickens was also skilled in describing places, particularly the back streets of London. So great has the influence of Dickens' descriptions been that, well into the second half of the twentieth century, millions of people all over the world still believed that London was a city of dense smoky fogs.
As you read the story, you should remember that it was written in 1843 and the language is not always the same as that used now