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CHARLES DICKENS AND “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: A MAN AND A CULTURAL PHENOMENON 

“A Christmas Carol,” the beloved story by Charles Dickens has become such a familiar part of our holiday celebrations that we almost take it for granted. Let’s explore the fascinating story of how this tale was written and think about how it became part of our culture. 

Charles Dickens is one of the most popular and successful British novelists. He had a multi-faceted life that began in poverty. As a child he went to debtors’ prison with his family and toiled under horrendous conditions in a workhouse. With determination and diligence, he was able to use his talents as a journalist and humorist to gain international fame and success. 

The novels and stories he wrote were not only entertaining but had strong humanitarian and social reform themes that enlightened his readers and made significant changes in public attitudes and government policies. 

Though it had a rather modest beginning, “A Christmas Carol” significantly changed the way people in Britain and the United States thought about and celebrated Christmas. We’ll look at the aspects of the story that aren’t usually considered when we hear the story every year. You probably will never hear the story the same way after our exploration of this tale. 

New Stage Players of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is planning to stage a play based on this story, December 6 through 15, and you will undoubtedly have more chances to hear, read and see “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season. 

Your guide through this look at Dickens and this story is Bill McKenny who has performed in all the major male characters in various iterations of “A Christmas Carol” and has directed a musical version of it. Join us in this fun re-examination of this familiar classic. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 10:30 A.M. TO NOON 

Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L110, Entrance 14 or 15, Parking Lot 4 or 5 
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2798-01

 

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