"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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His philosophy, never very elaborated, involved more than wanting the Christmas spirit to prevail throughout the year, but his great attachment to Christmas in his family life as well as his writings is indeed significant and has contributed to his popularity. Dickens dead? exclaimed a London costermongers girl in 1870.

Then will Father Christmas die too a tribute both to his association with Christmas and to the mythological status of the man as well as of his work. The Carol immediately entered the general consciousness Thackeray, in a review, called it a national benefit, and to every man and woman who reads it a personal kindness. Further Christmas books, essays, and stories followed annually except in 1847 through 1867.

None equaled the Carol in potency, though some achieved great immediate popularity. Cumulatively they represent a celebration of Christmas attempted by no other great author. Урнов М.

В Неподражаемый Чарльз Диккенс, Москва, 1990. стр. 204-257 However, Dickens s founding and managing his weekly literary magazines seems to have prevented his producing further complete books exclusively for the Christmas book trade which he in large measure helped to establish with Carol and its successor, The Chimes .

Instead, he developed framed tales in which he would take the lead supported in the production of various chapters by such talented writers as Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell. These Christmas Stories were composed between 1850 and 1867, but cannot be classified as falling within a single short fiction subgenre. Dickens s first contribution to an Extra Christmas Number was in fact not a story at all, but a reverie, A Christmas Tree inspired by children gathered around that German innovation, the Christmas tree which never appears in any of the Christmas Books , probably brought to England by Victoria s consort, Prince Albert, whom she had married in 1840.

Dickens s second and third short-fiction .

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