Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol:
Famed British author, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in
Portsmouth, England. He was the second of eight children, living in a poor neighborhood in
London. His parents were John Dickens, a naval clerk, who always lived beyond his means.
Married to his mother Elizabeth Dickens, who aspired to be a teacher and a school director.
Dickens went to William Giles’ school in Chatham, Kent, for approximately one year before his father’s money habits caught up with him.
Dickens’ father was sent to prison for debt in 1824, when Dickens’ was just twelve years old. Following his father’s imprisonment, Dickens’ had to drop out of school to work at a boot-blacking factory along the River of
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In 1865, He was in a train accident and never fully recovered, but was still touring until 1870. On June 9, 1870, Dickens died of stroke, at age 58. In his country home in Kent,
England. Many people attended his burial, grieving on the death of a beloved writer. His book
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was left unfinished.

A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge stays in his counting house on a frigid, bleak Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because
Scrooge doesn’t give him enough coal for a bigger fire. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, pays his uncle a visit to say Merry Christmas and invite him to his annual Christmas party. Scrooge replies with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry "Bah! Humbug!" Later that evening, after returning to his dreary, cold chamber, Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. As punishment for his greedy and self-serving life his spirit has been condemned to wander the Earth, weighted down with heavy chains. Marley hopes to save Scrooge from sharing the same fate. Marley warns Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the encounter, Scrooge falls into a deep sleep. He wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange childlike phantom.
The spirit escorted Scrooge on an excursion into the past to previous Christmases from the miser’s earlier years.
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