Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, published on 19 December 1843, met with instant success and critical acclaim. It tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
After celebrating the joy and charity of Christmas, is above all a condemnation of 19th-century Victorian England's division between the rich and the poor. London was a great world power, rich from industry and colonial influence, yet poverty ran amok through its streets and factories. Continue reading here.