Happy Birthday to A Christmas Carol

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Happy Birthday to A Christmas Carol

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dec 19, 2018, 10:02am

For your information, A Christmas Carol was published 175 years ago today. The date was December 19, 1843. I happen to be going to discuss this novella with a real life book club today. Our meeting date just happened to fall on the anniversary.

dec 19, 2018, 11:42am

Fun to know; thanks for sharing that.

dec 19, 2018, 6:26pm

You're welcome. I do enjoy trivia.

dec 20, 2018, 5:20am

Adaptations are all over British TV this Christmas including Simon Callow's one-man show (still available on the BBC iplayer for those who can access it) and the Alastair Sim version of the story from the early 1950's. This one often praised as particularly authentic with Sim as the best Scrooge. I do like him in the role but also have a soft spot for Bill Murray's updated version. any other candidates for best Scrooge?

dec 20, 2018, 7:25am

Alastair Sim and Bill Murray are good. My soft spot is for the animated Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. I've loved it since I was a child. Having Mr. Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge just worked for me. Having just rewatched The Muppet Christmas Carol, I also must say that Michael Caine made a good Scooge. Playing the role backed mostly by Muppets must have been a challenge.

dec 20, 2018, 7:55am

Reading it right now, as I do at this time every year. Never tire of it.

dec 20, 2018, 8:44am

Patrick Stewart is good in the recent-ish TV film version (co-starring Richard E. Grant as Cratchit).