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Charles Dickens
1841 Origins of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL Discovery & Reference
1841. Experts have long considered Shakespeare the inspiration for Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," but a surprising 2013 discovery by scholar Natalie McKnight and her research assistant Chelsea Bray now attribute Dickens inspiration to American literature. The key to the discovery is found in Dickens' 1842 book, "American Notes." Before leaving Boston, he devoted one day in the town of Lowell where he visited a textile mill. He was impressed not only by the women that worked there, but also by their bi-monthly publication of short stories. He said the excursion was "the happiest day" of his American 1842 visit and he devoted a full chapter of "American Notes" to Lowell. On page 160, Dickens refers to the women's writing, which was by then published in book form: "I brought away from Lowell four hundred good solid pages, which I have read from beginning to end." McKnight asserts that several of these stories were the basis for "A Christmas Carol" plot points, themes, and characters. She initially discovered this while preparing for a talk at the Lowell Historic Society. Subsequent investigation served as the foundation for a research paper written by Bray. In particular, is the story "A Visit From Hope," found on pages pages 13-14, which features a ghost visitor. Other stories that may have inspired Dickens are "Christmas" and "The Blessings of Memory." "Casting ghosts as Scrooge's redeemers was one motif with antecedents in the Lowell material," Bray's textual analysis reveals. One essay, "A Visit from Hope," begins, " 'Past twelve!' said a sweet, musical voice, as I was seat … [Click Below for Full Description]
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