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"Charles Dickens as he appears when reading." Wood engraving from a sketch by Charles A. Barry (1830-1892). Illustration in Harper's Weekly, v. 11, no. 571, 7 December 1867, p. 777.

"Charles Dickens as he appears when reading."
(Harper's Weekly, v. 11, no. 571, 7 December 1867, p. 777.)

There are many "resplendent resources" already available on-line about Charles Dickens,
 A Christmas Carol, Victorian England & Christmas as well.  So as not to reinvent the wheel,
so to speak, some GREAT LINKS to this information are simply provided below.  Bon Appetit!

Dickens 1867-68 American Reading Tour . . .

Dickens' Own Words About His Visit to Boston and New York, Nov-Dec 1867

Making it in America: How Charles Dickens and
His Cunning Manager George Dolby Made Millions

from a Performance Tour of The United States, 1867-1868

Dickens Days in Boston, Second Visit, 1867 & 1868

The Book . . .

Original Handwritten Manuscript!

1843 First Edition Facsimile

Project Gutenberg's Online Book with Original Illustrations

AND . . .

Dickens Motivation & Publishing of 1843 "A Christmas Carol"

Wikipedia's "A Christmas Carol"

David Perdue's Webpage on "A Christmas Carol"

Wikipedia's "Charles Dickens"

The great event of Dickens' first visit to Boston and Travels in America 1842

Lowell & Its Factory System from Dickens' American Notes book

David Perdue's Website on Charles Dickens

Wikipedia's "Victorian Era"

Wikipedia's "Christmas"