Answer to Question #1
When did Dickens write ‘A Christmas Carol’?
‘A Christmas Carol’ was Dickens’ response to a government report on the dreadful conditions experienced by child labourers in mines and factories. After reading the report, published in the autumn of 1843, Dickens set aside ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, which was the current novel-in-progress, to deliver what he referred to as “a hammer blow on behalf of the poor man’s child”. Dickens began the book in October, 1843 and it took him about six weeks to write it. It was published in time for Christmas that year.
In 1867 a Chicago manufacturer did something unusual after attending a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ given by Dickens on his American tour. What was it?