Puget Sound English Department

December 23, 2008

A Christmas Carol

Filed under: Literature,Uncategorized — O. @ 3:22 am


In case you were wondering, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was first published in 1843, in book form and under the title A Christmas Carol: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. It as illustrated by John Leech and published by Chapman and Hall. Common wisdom has it that many of the Anglo-American customs of Christmas may be traced back to this novella, so that to some degree, Dickens “invented” Christmas as a family-gathering, a domestic feast (about which geese are probably not amused), and a day or two of “good cheer.”

Good cheer all around, regardless of what spiritual tradition, if any, you associate with Winter.

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