Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843) was a success both in print and on the Victorian stage. These two illustrations are drawn from the stage adaptation that ran at the Adelphi Theatre from 1844, a year after the novella was published. They reveal that the costumes drew strongly from Dickens’s text and John Leech’s illustrations – note, for example, the flat hood of the Ghost of Christmas Future.
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- Two engraved scenes from A Christmas Carol both at the Adelphi Theatre. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-74]
- n.d., London
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- The Theatre Royal, Adelphi, John Forster [compiler]
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- Dex.316. - Vol II, part I
- Article by:
- John Mullan
- The novel 1832–1880, London, The Gothic
The ghosts in A Christmas Carol are by turns comic, grotesque and allegorical. Professor John Mullan reflects on their essential role in developing the novel’s meaning and structure.
- Article by:
- Judith Flanders
- The middle classes, Popular culture
Judith Flanders describes how many of our own Christmas traditions – from trees and crackers to cards and carols – have their origins in 19th-century industrial and commercial interests.