22nd Reading of "A Christmas Carol"

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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens Birth with His Classic Tale "A Christmas Carol".

Come to the Hurd House Museum and hear the Dickens classic by the warmth of an open hearth. Former stage actor Doug Schlicher will give this dramatic reading using the very same annotated version that Dickens used for his live performances of the novella. Dickens, known during his lifetime as a English writer and social critic is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era. Writer of 15 novels and hundreds of short stories, his 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol" became one of his best known works. Some of the world's most memorable literary characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, came to life in this Christmas tale. The popularity of "A Christmas Carol" was of great influence in promoting a renewed enthusiasm for the joys of Christmas in Britain and America during the mid-19th century. Wishing friends and neighbors a "Merry Christmas" was popularized following the appearance of the story, as was calling someone a "Scrooge" (a miser) and using "Bah! Humbug!" as a dismissive put-down. During his lifetime Dickens enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame. His public readings started as charitable events, but soon became a serious source of income, including several tours of America. His ability to bring characters to life, through his acting, made his readings sell out events. It is not surprising that "A Christmas Carol" became one of his most beloved readings.

Please allow us to share the gift of "A Christmas Carol" with you.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Space is limited. Please call 203-266-0305 or e-mail hurdhousect@yahoo.com


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