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The novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published 173 years ago in London on December 19, 1843. It met with instant success and has never been out of print.
It popularized the expression “Merry Christmas”, and today the name “Scrooge” and the exclamation “Bah! Humbug” are part of the English language.
The story has been adapted many times, on stage, in films and television, inspiring poetry and sequels, and even a Disney character. Following are some of the different versions and formats the library holds for you to enjoy, as well books on life in Dickens’ England.
Read our annotated copy:
The Annotated Christmas Carol
Watch the film:
The library holds several versions, but for a musical celebration, choose:
Scrooge starring Albert Finney
Hear the book:
The unabridged version, by Ralph Cosham
The abridged version, by Jonathan Winters
Read a sequel!
The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge
by Charlie Lovett
A Christmas poem:
Penned by U.K Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy:
See Donald Duck’s Uncle Scrooge first-ever appearance in:
Christmas on Bear Mountain
by Carl Barks
Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol when he was 31 years old and already an international literary celebrity. Learn more about him in:
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
by Les Standiford
What was it like to live in Victorian England? Find out in:
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist – the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England
by Daniel Pool