Happy Birthday to Charles Dickens

by Melinda

Today is Charles Dickens’ birthday.  He was born February 7, 1812.

As I expect you know, he is best known for writing the book, A Christmas Carol.  He wrote it in 1843 when heavily burdened with debt and in low spirits.  He hoped this small book would keep his creditors at bay.


The book was an immediate success – it created quite a sensation and required multiple printings. 

And it came none too soon for Victorian society.  As one book on Charles Dickens states, “It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.”

Dickens and his book are credited by many for reviving Christmas in England and the United States. 

He wrote about traditions that really didn’t exist.  But soon did as a result of his endearing story. 

This is what Dickens had to say about A Christmas Carol:

I have endeavored in the Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Another author who also played a tremendous part in reviving Christmas is Clement C. Moore who wrote, A Visit from St. Nicholas.  You know this one too.  It begins, “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house …”

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P.S. Reminder that during the “off” season I post about once a month.  See you again in March!

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