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Charles Dickens 'invented Christmas', but how good was he at managing his huge fortune?
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Report Comment Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Dickens at some point in his adult life wrote a little bit about his childhood—he was planning an autobiography that he never got around to. That stuck with him. Some of them sold in very impressive numbers—10, or 15, copies, which was a lot for a print run in those days. So Dickens was tapping into that existing market of people who were looking for things to buy during the holiday season, but his subject matter was an original contribution.
What other holiday traditions were popular at the time? Before then, they had not been part of the scene in either Britain or the U. It caught on and before long everyone had to have a Christmas tree.
How was A Christmas Carol received when it was first published? It was wildly popular, though ironically one of the reasons Dickens wrote it was that he was having a rocky patch in his career. Now, he was not an easy writer for publishers to get along with, and he was convinced that they were, if not cheating him, then getting a lot more out of his work than he was. I couldn't help feeling that this was just a re-packaging of his out-of-copyright work in order to make a profit and the only po This is a book of quotations from Dicken's published works and a few of his letters.
I couldn't help feeling that this was just a re-packaging of his out-of-copyright work in order to make a profit and the only positive it had going for it was that it reminded me to re-read his novels again soon. Honestly you would be better off reading Charles Dickens' in the original form. May 31, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews.
With excerpts from books and other writings by Charles Dickens this book is an easy and amusing read. It made me keener to get on reading more of Dickens' books rather than putting me off by dipping in and out of a multitude of publications :. Karen S. Kate rated it really liked it Dec 26, Kenny rated it really liked it May 03, Richard Lodge rated it it was ok Sep 24, Adele Foster rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Jason Manford marked it as to-read May 17, Donna added it May 21, Jen marked it as to-read May 22, Liz marked it as to-read Jan 19, Elizabeth added it Mar 02, Ingrid Johnsen added it Sep 25, Magdalena marked it as to-read Dec 07, Mary added it Mar 07, Billie marked it as to-read Dec 29, Qirat marked it as to-read Oct 10, Beckie added it Jan 13, Sonny marked it as to-read Jan 15, ErrBookErrDay marked it as to-read Jan 27, Anna Nunez marked it as to-read Dec 01, MaryEllen Louise marked it as to-read Jan 01, Stefano added it May 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.