DICKENS'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL TO GO ON VIEW NOVEMBER 20 AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF BELOVED STORY
ONE OF THE MUSEUM’S GREAT TREASURES
BOOK IS CENTERPIECE OF THE MORGAN’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mr. Fezziwig, Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Christmas Past—in the age of film and television these characters from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are universally familiar. The story has been told as a stage musical, a serious dramatic film, and a modern comedy.
But, in the end, it all comes back to a magical book written by Dickens in a six-week flurry of activity in late 1843. Greeted with universal acclaim at the time of publication, A Christmas Carol might rightfully be called an “instant masterpiece.” William Makepeace Thackeray called it a “national benefit” and an American factory owner gave his workers an extra day’s holiday when he had finished reading it.