Big Speaker Night

November 27
Rochelle Pennington

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The Hidden History of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

This facinating program takes a close-up look at the literary genius of Charles Dickens, England's most celebrated Victorian novelist, and explains the hidden history behind the author's 1843 Christmas classic.

What events inspired the Carol to be written? Who was it written for? How did Dickens' historical novel "single-handedly resurrect" Christmas at a time when factories were open and churches were closed on December 25th? By 1900, no other book in the world had sold more copies except the Bible.

Pennington’s narrative will offer factual perspective and behind-the-scenes insights into the epic influence of Dickens’ immortal characters: Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and a trio of Christmas ghosts.