Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.
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Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol has endured as a beloved story of redemption for nearly 200 years and permeated our popular culture in innumerable ways. From screen, stage, and cartoon adaptations to spoofs and retellings to everyday slang (particularly, "Bah humbug"), the influence of this holiday tale cannot be understated. See how it stacks up to well-known contemporary twists, such as the movie Scrooged, starring Bill Murray.

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