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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 has 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 views and celebrates Christmas. 

So 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 the fifth time, or the 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 embrace his transformation and claim it for ourselves.  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 of Charles Dickens himself—the writer, husband, father, friend, businessman, and social reformer? 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 his trip 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 conceive of the most beloved and timeless of all Christmas stories. 

Dickens Museum on Doughty St., London
And, indeed, it is timeless. For nearly 175 years since the first edition was published barely in time for the Christmas of 1843, the Carol has waxed continually, having been adapted more than 150 times in plays, radio, film, TV, and operas—far exceeding the lasting appeal of Dickens' other four short fictions, known with the Carol as his "Christmas stories," and including 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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