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Heres a virtual movie of the great Charles Dickens reading an excerpt from his wonderful novel “A Christmas Carol” This virtual wax cylinder sound recording was made around 1843,though it might have been 5.45pm London time.

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released 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 at a time when Britain 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.

The tale was pirated immediately, 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,[1] and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

Charles John Huffam Dickens (pronounced /ˈtʃɑrlz ˈdɪkɪnz/; 7 February 1812–9 June 1870) was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.[1]

Many of his novels, with their recurrent theme of social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialised form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment.[2] The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

Dickens’s novels were, among other things, works of social commentary. He was a fierce critic of the poverty and social stratification of Victorian society. Dickens’s second novel, Oliver Twist (1839), shocked readers with its images of poverty and crime and was responsible for the clearing of the actual London slum, Jacob’s Island, that was the basis of the story. In addition, with the character of the tragic prostitute, Nancy, Dickens “humanised” such women for the reading public; women who were regarded as “unfortunates”, inherently immoral casualties of the Victorian class/economic system. Bleak House and Little Dorrit elaborated expansive critiques of the Victorian institutional apparatus: the interminable lawsuits of the Court of Chancery that destroyed people’s lives in Bleak House and a dual attack in Little Dorrit on inefficient, corrupt patent offices and unregulated market speculation.

Kind Regards

Jim Clark
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8 Responses to “Charles Dickens Reads from “A Christmas Carol” Literary discussion animation”

  1. TheUtubesuxass

    @melshorse in the …
    @melshorse in the last decade of his life, the great novelist forged a new career for himself as an enormously successful performer, reading extracts from his novels and stories to thousands of people. He made a fortune.

  2. poetryanimations

    @PassionateMistress …
    @PassionateMistress Actualy we had a cup of Mr Scrooges watery tea (boy does he know to thrash a teabag,and Bob Cratchits dripping sandwiches.Indeed they were most edifying ha ha.

    Kind Regards

    Jim Clark

  3. PassionateMistress

    Nice – Though I am …
    Nice – Though I am fairly certain this particular part started recording at 5:47 pm after a tea of cucumber sandwiches made by Dear Aunt Nelly.

  4. mysticmagic4760

    Wonderful video! …
    Wonderful video! Thank you for it! (:

  5. melshorse

    Hello, I enjoy your …
    Hello, I enjoy your work very much.
    What is this joke about a recording from the 1840′s?
    More like a scratchy 78 from the 1940′s.

  6. Recce80

    Excellent excerpt …
    Excellent excerpt from such a classic!

  7. danbergam

    I love that story.. …
    I love that story… thank you for posting this!

  8. Toracube

    This was great. …
    This was great. Thoroughly enjoyed !!

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