Edward Lloyd founded the first million-selling newspaper.
William Morris Gallery, Waltham Forest Council
As well as founding England's first million-selling newspaper, Lloyd shamelessly sold plagiarised versions of some of Charles Dickens' best-loved novels.
Publicity still for Only Fools and Horses.
John Sullivan, who created Del Boy and Rodney, has been called a modern Dickens – now both their most famous works have been made into musicals.
Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Hand colored etching by John Leech
If it hadn't been for A Christmas Carol, the menu may well have centred on goose (or a boar's head).
Almost 1,500 immigrant boys, aged 10 to 17, were separated from their parents and brought to stay at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas.
Department of Health and Human Services
There are strong parallels between the Trump administration’s policy on immigrant families and the 19th century's 'New' Poor Laws of England, whose cruelty was illuminated by writer Charles Dickens.
George Cruikshank’s impression of Dickens’ dystopia.
Philip V. Allingham of Victorian Web
Charles Dickens imagined a robot theme park way back in 1838.
The Victorian idea of Christmas pre-dates Dickens. What the writer did was bring an essentially rural celebration into an urban setting.
The search for the ‘ideal’ Christmas song crosses a very broad range of genres and artists.
From outright celebration, through charity to explicit political salvos – is there such a thing as the 'ultimate' Christmas pop song?
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?
John Leech via Wikimedia Commons
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.
(Bleeker Street Media/Elevation Pictures)
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.