Five interesting facts about ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 20, 2018 GMT

A wildly successful debut

Charles Dickens’ classic novella, “A Christmas Carol,” first appeared on the shelves of London shops on Dec. 19, 1843. Copies of the book sold out in three days.

Written at a rapid pace

Dickens started the story in October 1843 and wrote obsessively for six weeks so it would be completed in time for Christmas.

An oral storyteller

Dickens was the first famous writer to give public readings of his work, and his first reading was “A Christmas Carol.” He recited it in front of 2,000 people in the town hall of Birmingham, England, 10 years after the book was published.


Author visited America

Dickens left his native England twice to visit America for reading tours. On one tour, the famed American author Mark Twain came to hear Dickens recite his tale.

Also a screen sensation

The book has been adapted for the silver screen more than 20 times, including a 1901 version that’s only 6 minutes long.

Sources: mentalfloss.com, bookbub.com