Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, is arguably one of his greatest literary gifts to the world. Dickens' poignant story of redemption ~ Scrooge's redemption ~ reminds us that there is hope for all of us.
Laughing and/or crying throughout the richly written story we watch the type of wonderful transformation that could happen to any of us.
We see the emotional, ideological and ethical transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge...a greedy man who seemed hardened, indifferent, self-centered and past hope. Not only does he become a man full of goodwill and charity, but he overcomes his appalling lack of consideration for his fellow man and becomes a socially conscious member of society.
As truly exciting as it is to see Charles Dickens' heavily edited manuscript here (on display at the Morgan Library & Museum here), it is the theme of Dickens' story that endures; it has never been out of print since 1843.
If you haven't read A Christmas Carol in a while, nor seen the movie, perhaps this year would be a good year to do it! Please enjoy the following charming