We want to thank all of you for going on this fantastic Dickens adventure with us this year. Whether you finished all the novels or not, it has been a wonderful experience reading with you!
Although we read Dickens’s novels in the order in which they were published in our Dickens 2021 Project this year, we saved the five Dickens Christmas novellas, published between 1843-1848, for the Christmas holiday season.
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (December 1843)
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In (December 1844)
The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home (December 1845)
The Battle of Life: A Love Story (December 1846)
The Haunted Man & the Ghost’s Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time (December 1848)
In this, our final official post for the Project, we share just a few ways to enjoy the novellas and learn more about the stories behind the stories.
Listen to the Christmas stories on Librivox:
The Haunted Man & the Ghost’s Bargain
Watch adaptations of some of the tales (some IMDB matches may not be to adaptations, so check records before you watch!):
Read about Christmas traditions and their origins in Victorian Christmas by Judith Flanders and more specifically about Charles Dickens and the Victorian Christmas Feast by Simon Callow on the British Library Discovering Literature site.
Renata Goroshkova discusses the novellas’ reception in one part of the world in her blog post The Reception of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Stories of the 1840s in Russia up to 1917 on The Dickens Society site. Goroshkova also provides an interesting analysis on Dickens’s use of framework images in another two-part post entitled Crossing the Borders: Windows and Thresholds in Dickens’s Christmas Stories of the 1840s.
Learn a bit more about the background context for and importance of A Christmas Carol in a short video by Michael Slater and a related article by John Sutherland in The Origins of A Christmas Carol from the British Library.
Further attention is given to the ghosts of the story in John Mullan’s Ghosts in A Christmas Carol also on the British Library Discovering Literature site.
And, finally, there is a wealth of information about the novellas on The Victorian Web, including links to the original illustrations.