A CHRISTMAS CAROL PUBLISHED 173 YEARS AGO TODAY
London (JFK+50) 173 years ago today, December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was published here in London by Chapman and Hall*. The little book was the work of Charles Dickens** who was 31 years old.
Mr. Dickens started writing A Christmas Carol in October and finished at the end of November. His book sold out in three days. He wrote in black ink with a goose quill. His original manuscript,68 pages in length, is at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
B. Myint of www.biography.com/ tells us that the phrase 'Merry Christmas,' because of its' repeated use in A Christmas Carol, became common.
Charles Dickens visited America twice on speaking tours. His second tour earned 19,000 pounds (1.4 million today).
*Chapman and Hall Publishers, London, was founded in 1834 by Edward Chapman & William Hall. The company published the works of Charles Dickens from 1840-1844 and 1858 to 1870. It also published the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
**Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870) is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Era. He was born in Portsmouth, England. His works include Oliver Twist, Great Expectations & A Tale of Two Cities. The remains of CD lie in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
"'A Christmas Carol' Unwrapped: 5 Little-known Facts Revealed," by B. Myint, December 18, 2013, www.biography.com/
"10 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Carol," by Molly Oldfield, Mental Floss, www.mentalfloss.com/
A Christmas Carol