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Four ghosts visit the miserly businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. After the apparition of Scrooge's dead business partner Marley, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas As Yet To Come guide Scrooge through his own emotionally charged past, his harsh and loveless present, and his bleak future. The vision of his own headstone and the realization that no one will mourn his death force Scrooge to see the error of his "Bah! Humbug!" attitude toward humanity in general and Christmas in specific(© New York University)


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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He had a poor head for finances, and in 1824 found himself imprisoned for debt. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother's insistence that he continue to work at the factory. His father, however, rescued him from that fate, and between 1824 and 1827 Dickens was a day pupil at a school in London. At fifteen, he found employment as an office boy at an attorney's, while he studied shorthand at night. More... (Victorian Web: A Brief Biography, by David Cody)

Web sites about Charles Dickens

  • Charles Dickens
    Biography; Works; Economic Contexts; Political History; Social History; Religion; Science; Genre & Mode; Literary Relations; Visual Arts; Themes; Characterization; Imagery; Narrative; Bibliography; Related WWW Resources
    http://victorianweb.org/dickens/dickensov.html (Victorian Web; )

  • The Dickens Project
    About the Dickens Project; Conferences; Publications; Friends of the Dickens Project; Dickens Fellowships; Life of Dickens; Other On-line Resources; Dickens Electronic Archive; Our Mutual Friend Scholarly Pages
    http://humwww.ucsc.edu/dickens/ (University of California; )

  • David Perdue's Charles Dickens Home Page
    'Dedicated to Bringing the Genius of Dickens to a New Generation of Readers'
    (David A. Perdue; )

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