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Gerald Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

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The London Sunday Telegraph once proclaimed Charles Dickens as "The Man who Invented Christmas" and his timeless story "A Christmas Carol", the main reason why. Written in London in 1843, at a time of expanding urbanization and industrialization, and a declining interest in old customs and ceremonies, "A Christmas Carol" with Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of ominous ghosts, helped its readers find the true spirit of Christmas and look back nostalgically at the old time Christmas traditions of friends, family, fun and frivolity. Gerald Charles Dickens is Charles Dickens's great great grandson and like his famous namesake, an actor, touring America for the past ten years with his one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol". His tour stopped by the Granite State in 2005, and when it did we caught up with Gerald Charles Dickens to talk about the legacy of the Great Great Grandfather, the magic of "A Christmas Carol" and to perform a handful of scenes from his show.

(This program was originally broadcast December 23, 2005)

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