Scrooge and Co weren't Charles Dickens' only Christmas cast. If you're ready for a different tale, here are four alternatives to tryby Ray Cavanaugh / December 14, 2018 / Leave a comment
Sick of the same old Dickens classic each year?
Understandable if you are. Even a fine tale of redemption can grow wearisome after the 85th time.
But you needn’t resign yourself to A Christmas Carol once again. Dickens wrote four other yuletide novellas from which to choose: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.
Though all of these titles enjoyed popularity in their day, none of them made the lasting impact of Dickens’ initial Christmastime offering—the one with which we’re all familiar (perhaps more than we wish at this point) and the one which redeemed not just Scrooge, but Dickens as well.
After a triumphant beginning, his career had flagged—until the 19 December 1843 publication of the Carol, which immediately began to delight a public that, likely without even knowing it, was starving for a story of holiday goodwill and personal transformation.
Owing to this tale, Dickens has continued to enjoy a superstardom that, if ever appearing to wane, regenerates each holiday season with the inescapable TV and stage adaptations of what is arguably the English language’s most treasured work of fiction.
Of course, such widespread adoration can easily result in overexposure. And if you’re completely Scrooged out by now, here are your other Dickensian Christmas options…
Appearing in print nine days before Christmas 1844, The Chimes involves the Scrooge-like spiritual transformation of an elderly misanthrope.
And as happened with the Carol, The Chimes was selling tens of thousands of copies ba…