Manuscript of A Christmas Carol
My high school English teacher lived for Charles Dickens. Boz was book of the month club author each and every month, including summer reading lists, of sophomore year. our esteemed teacher, Mr. Mann beat into us the importance of reading each book as the first readers did, over time. So he would assign a chapter or two or three a day. As if!
My first semester final grade earned a steak dinner with teach and his wife. Our final covered Oliver Twist. Too many of my classmates saw the movie Oliver which was released about the same time. Similar but different. I still have most of the books.
One of my greatest treasures is a copy of the original 1843 manuscript of A Christmas Carol, given by my daughter last Christmas. The left hand page is typed, the right (hand written) is nearly illegible.
Today is the bicentenial of the birth of the great man.
"One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell by Dickens without laughing."
To mark the occasion Mr. Dickens has been honored by the Royal Mail which is printing a series of 10 stamps commemorating his greatest characters.
The stamps will become available in June. Happy Birthday.