On this program this week we will hear the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It should come as no surprise that this is a holiday classic, but what might be a shocker is that we have never played this tale in the ten years of Ron’s Amazing Stories. That changes this Thursday. So why are we playing A Christmas Carol? Well, on December 23rd we will be presenting a follow-up to the story with a twist that you will only be able to hear on Ron‘s Amazing Stories. Sylvia Shults and I are going to take and turn this story on its head with real-life ghost stories and much, much more. So, be here that week to hear what should be a very different look at A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843. It recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Published on the 19th of December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve, and by the end of 1844 thirteen editions had been released.
Dickens wrote the story during a period when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, including carols, and newer customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. He was influenced by the experiences of his own youth and by the Christmas stories of other authors, including Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Most critics reviewed the novella favorably. He went on to write four other Christmas stories in subsequent years. In 1849 he began public readings of the story, which proved so successful he undertook 127 further performances until 1870, the year of his death. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages.
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