Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Christmas Tradition

Dressed in period costume and using stage notes from Charles Dickens' actual performance, Dr. Eric Douglass presents a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol. In this one man show, Douglass follows the practice of Dickens in his performance, bringing to life a tale of greed and redemption. Come enjoy refreshments and experience the Victorian traditions of the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol is one of the holiday classics. Written by Dickens in 1843, the tale has been viewed as an indictment of nineteenth century industrial capitalism and was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

Presented at the Main Library on December 8th, at 1:00 pm

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