By Charles Dickens
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First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was once an fast vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and purchased out the 1st printing in days. Its reception used to be so ecstatic that it really is credited with assisting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s business Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism prior to taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and picture adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are ceaselessly inscribed in our hearts and minds.
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