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Charles Dickens, age 30

Fascinated with the English novelist Charles Dickens and a member of the original Dickens Fellowship that meets at the Charles Dickens Museum on Doughty Street in London, Rich Adams penned the story, "Eben Kruge," about wEben Krugehat inspired Dickens to give the world the timeless classic, "A Christmas Carol," which in many ways has changed the way the world celebrates Christmas. 

But what is it about "A Christmas Carol" that propels so many of us, annually, to reread the “ghost story of Christmas” and to view its many film and play productions?  What is the fascination?  Did we not “get it” the first time, or fifth time, or twentieth time? Or is it simply that we are yearly drawn to old friends with whom we've “grown up”, and who have witnessed our “growing up,” friends like Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, old Fezziwig, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and, of course, the mizerly, blasphemous old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who we love to hate until we once again witness his transformation.  And are we not also drawn to the wonderful themes in the story that weave in and around the true meaning of Christmas?

But what of the man who penned the Carol?  What was Charles dickens like—the writer, husband, father, businessman, social reformer, and friend? What events and circumstances framed his past and present when he sat down to write the classic fable?

Catherine Dickens, age 28

Weaving together well-known and little known facts about Dickens, including the trip he took to America in 1842 accompanied by his wife Catherine, and the secret he took to his grave, "Eben Kruge" invites the reader into the life and mind of Dickens to experience what "quite possibly" could have triggered his imagination to write the most beloved and timeless of all Christmas stories. 

Dickens Museum on Doughty St., London
And the Carol is indeed timeless. For nearly 175 years since its first edition was published just in time for the Christmas of 1843, it has waxed continually, having been adapted more than 150 times in plays, radio, film, TV, and even operatic performances—far exceeding the lasting appeal of Dickens' four other short fictions termed his "Christmas stories": The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848).


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