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- Full Title: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
- When Written: September to December, 1843
- Where Written: Manchester and London
- When Published: 19 December 1843
- Literary Period: Victorian Era
- Genre: Social Commentary, Ghost Story
- Setting: London
- Climax: Scrooge realizes that he will die alone and unloved if he carries on treating people the way he does. The sight of Christmas Yet to Come awakens his sense of remorse and he is desperate to change his fate.
- Antagonist: Scrooge is the antagonist of his social circle but the villain of the story is the immoral qualities that he represents, meanness and greed.
- Point of View: A third-person, omniscient narrator
Dickens’ One Man Show. Dickens was not only famous for his written words, he also gave performances of his stories to rave reviews and standing ovations. He stood behind a reading desk and delivered all the voices of his characters himself.
Piracy Problems. Shortly after its publication, A Christmas Carol was illegally reproduced by Parley’s Illuminated Library and Dickens sued the company. But the Library went bankrupt, and Dickens unfortunately had to stump up a small fortune in legal fees.