Holiday Spirits

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Mon, Dec 2, 2013

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xmas presTo get in the holiday spirit
You should read the story of Scrooge
And how some ghosts came to visit
The first one was jolly and huge.

The ghosts showed him that he was unpleasant
And treated Bob Cratchitt with scorn
So he bought Bob a goose (not a pheasant)
And delivered it on Christmas morn.

So Scrooge became caring and gentle
A friend to Bob and his large clan
‘Tho Dickens can seem sentimental
Being kind is a very good plan.

For many, Christmas is inseparably intertwined with Charles Dickens’s beloved novel, A Christmas Carol.   An instant hit in 1843, the popularity of this story that combines humor with the theme of redemption continues to entertain and enlighten both readers and viewers; there are numerous TV and film versions of the story (200 according to imdb.com!). Less familiar are the four Christmas stories that Dickens wrote after A Christmas Carol.  These stories met with declining financial success, but are still charming examples of Victorian storytelling. To see these and other works by Dickens, browse the Special Collections display case in the Profiles in Innovation area or visit  the Fellman Dickens Reading Room, both on Level G of Gordon Library!

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Ms. Markees is Special Collections Curator for Gordon Library. In addition to bookbinding, her obsessions include music of most kinds and ballet.

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