Perhaps the designers of the first Christmas card from 1840 were influenced by Leigh Hunt’s question: Is it right to spend, laugh and revel when there are so many people who live in isolation and poverty? John Calcott Horsely, curator and designer of the card, asked the painter, Sir Henry Cole, to show people being fed and clothed to remind his friends of the needs of the poor during this season.
Leigh Hunt is a nineteenth-century writer who grappled with the question: How can we celebrate and enjoy ourselves at this time of the year when there is so much misery in the world?
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The artist who illustrated A Christmas Carol was one of the best-known satirists of his time.
The cover of “Ghost town”.
A 1981 odd and eerie protest song, 'Ghost Town', still resonates today. It remains a cry out against injustice, against closed off opportunities by those who have pulled the ladder up.
A Christmas Carol can be seen as a mirror to biblical parables.
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When writing A Christmas Carol, did Charles Dickens get his inspiration for Scrooge, Marley's ghost and Tiny Tim from the Bible?
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn't despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.
‘On yer bike, Ebeneezer.’
Dicken's great anti-hero has monopolised festive literature for too long. Here are the alternative takes on the season of goodwill that you have been missing.