Friday, December 19, 2008
165th anniversary of A Christmas Carol
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.