"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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often several complicated plots involving scores of characters, was made even more difficult by Dickens writing and publishing them serially. In Martin Chuzzlewit he tried to resist the temptation of the current Monthly Number and to keep a steadier eye upon the general purpose and design 1844 Preface . Its American episodes had, however, been unpremeditated he suddenly decided to boost the disappointing sales by some American - baiting and to revenge himself against insults and injures from the American press .

A concentration on the general purpose and design was more effective in the next novel, Dombey and Son 1846-48 , though the experience of writing the shorter, and unserialized, Christmas Books had helped him obtains greater coherence. Fred Kaplan - A Biography, London, 1988. pp.

138 2. Charles Dickens works written in Christmas story genre. A Christmas Carol 1843 , suddenly conceived and written in a few weeks was the first of these Christmas Books a new literary genre thus created incidentally .

It was published on 19 December 1843, that has preserved the Christmas customs of old England and fixed our image of the holiday season as one of wind, ice and snow without, and smoking bishop, piping hot turkey, and family cheer within. Coming from a family large but not-too-well-off, Charles Dickens presents again and again his idealized memory of a Christmas associated with the gathering of the family which bound together all our home enjoyments, affection and hopes in games such as Snap Dragon and Blind Mans Buff, both of which his model lower-middle-class father, Bob Cratchit, runs home to play on Christmas Eve. Tossed off while he was amply engaged in writing Chuzzlewit, it was an extraordinary achievement - the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.

His view of life was later to be described or dismissed as Christmas philosophy as the basis of a projected work.

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