The Family Tensions That Inspired Dickens to Write ‘A Christmas Carol’

The novelist drew from his own life in crafting characters

Charles Dickens, the giant of 19th century English literature

It may well be the most beloved Christmas story ever written. Charles Dickens’ novella, originally titled Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas was published on December 19, 1843, and sold 6,000 copies by Christmas Day. It has never gone out of print and is the…