A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is arguably one of the most cherished and told stories at Christmas time. It also could be argued to be the most famous of all ghost stories, although it’s considered more a moral tale then a ghost story. Written by Charles Dickens and first published in 1843, the first print run was sold out by Christmas eve and has never been out of print since its first publication.
It is also likely to be the most reproduced and retold story of all time. There are multiple movies, plays, audiobooks, animations and comics that portray the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.
One of the characters we like to push here at the writers initiative is to make sure you get feedback and input of your work. A good way to do this is to read back a section of your written work to a group of other writers or give some public readings of your work. Charles Dickens did many public readings of his work and a Christmas Carol was no different in this regard.
In 1849 he began public readings of the story, which proved so successful he undertook 127 further performances until 1870, the year of his death. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages; the story has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera and other media.