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How Charles Dickens grew sick of Christmas

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“I fear I am sick of the thing,” Dickens wrote in 1868 to his close friend, the journalist and editor William Henry Wills, in a letter featured in a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum.

To the actor Charles Fechter, he wrote later the same year: “I feel as if I had murdered the ghost of… Christmas… years ago (perhaps I did!) and its ghost perpetually haunted me.”

 

Dickens is often credited with inventing Christmas as we know it. In truth, as the exhibition – Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas – makes clear, he was fanning an already healthy flame. “When he wrote the Carol, he was buying into a growing interest,” explains the exhibition’s curator, Louisa Price.

"She shows me a Christmas envelope – a piece of novelty stationery decorated with drawings of gift-giving, plum puddings and other traditions that the Carol is often wrongly said to have inaugurated – that actually predates the book by three years.

“He was always commercially responsive,” Price adds. “He saw an opportunity and grabbed hold of it with both hands.”

Full article at the Uk Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/classic-books/bah-humbug-charles-dickens-grew-sick-christmas/

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acute
16 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

Charles Dickens grew sick of Christmas

I know the feeling! I'm sick to death of Christmas, and it's December the 1st.

I don't do Christmas at all now. No cards or presents, no decorations, and no friggin' turkey!

(I do let my hedgehog avatar wear his Santa hat, though)

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Piney
2 hours ago, acute said:

I don't do Christmas at all now. No cards or presents, no decorations, and no friggin' turkey!

:nw: All hail the Hoglet!!! 

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Sir Wearer of Hats
14 hours ago, Piney said:

:nw: All hail the Hoglet!!! 

The Hogfather you say?

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Piney
2 hours ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

The Hogfather you say?

Death had to take his place once, but Terry's Death is a good Death. :yes:

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Scholar4Truth

I was surprised to learn that A Christmas Carol was actually about economics and greed that comes with Materialism. 

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CrimsonKing

Anyone think the new tv movie version on FX directed and star'ed in by Tom Hardy will be any good?

Supposed to be a "dark" retelling,previews looked pretty cool!

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Piney
19 minutes ago, CrimsonKing said:

Anyone think the new tv movie version on FX directed and star'ed in by Tom Hardy will be any good?

Supposed to be a "dark" retelling,previews looked pretty cool!

Didn't catch wind of that yet. Thanks for the heads up! :tu:

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CrimsonKing
5 minutes ago, Piney said:

Didn't catch wind of that yet. Thanks for the heads up! :tu:

Yeah bud,will debut December 19th on FX... ;)

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