Friday, December 19, 2008

165th anniversary of A Christmas Carol

image: Wikipedia

Today marks the 165th anniversary of the first publication of A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens.

Dickens is by way of being an ancestor of mine (if a distant cousin's genealogy is to be believed). I like to read A Christmas Carol each year as a sort of tradition, and reminder of the meaning, and not getting bogged down in the material. Take-offs of A Christmas Carol have become a standby in movies and on television. Patrick Stewart (of Star Trek fame) did a one-man show of it on Broadway and then went on to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a television adaptation (with other actors).

Probably my favorite rendition is the George C. Scott version that played on tv in the 80's. I think it's the truest to the original story. On the 150th anniversary of its publication, PBS had a public reading of the work by Martin Sheen and James Earl Jones. I'd love to get a copy of that, although I haven't been able to find it on video or DVD. Sheen was especially fabulous.


  1. I collect editions of Dickens Christmas Carol and I own a copy just like the one you shot in your post! Probably the best Christmas story ever! :) Happy Holidays!

  2. Mary, I'm gathering a collection of all the movies that were based on the story. No easy task, but well worth it.

  3. I wanted to let you know that sometimes a VHS of the PBS special is available via EBay. That's how I got my copy. Good luck.