A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations
A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television
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About the Book
Over 150 years after its original composition, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol continues to delight readers. The figure of Ebenezer Scrooge has become a cultural icon, and Tiny Tim’s “God Bless Us Every One” is as familiar as “Merry Christmas.” It is not surprising that Dickens’ “ghostly little book,” as he called it, has proved popular with playwrights and screenwriters. In everything from elegant literary treatments to animated musicals, the role of Scrooge has been essayed by actors from George C. Scott to Mr. Magoo.
This critical account of the story’s history and its various adaptations examines first the original writing of the story, including its political, economic, and historical context. The major interpretations are analyzed within their various media: stage, magic lantern shows, silent film, talkies, and television. Dickens’ other, lesser known Christmas stories, like “The Cricket on the Hearth,” are also examined and compared to the immortal Carol. Finally, a complete annotated filmography of all film and television productions based on A Christmas Carol is included, with commentary on each version’s loyalty to the original text. The book includes 25 previously unpublished photos as well as analysis of previously undocumented productions. The text includes a foreword by the distinguished film and literary scholar Edward Wagenknecht, a bibliography and an index.
About the Author(s)
Foreword by Edward Wagenknecht
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 60 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 
Table of Contents
Foreword by Edward Wagenknecht 1
1. The Literary Roots 11
2. The Political and Economic Roots 23
3. This Ghostly Little Book 31
4. Pre-Cinema 39
5. Silent Film 63
6. The Talkies 87
7. Television 117
8. Dickens’s Other Christmases 147
9. Variations on a Theme by Dickens 159
Annotated Carol Filmography 171
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