Although this site is primarily about the original Dickens text, there are many other pages for you to enjoy which are not linked on the top main menu. On the side panel, you will find a menu with links to many of these other pages. But, there are other pages of content not on the menu at all. So, to make it easy for you to get an overview of absolutely everything else you will find on the site, I have created this page to give you a preview of them, with links as well. There are also links to resources found outside this site. Enjoy exploring!
Radio and Film Versions
Information about the 1951 version with Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the novel and audio files from the film’s musical score. There are also many email comments from visitors who love this film, and have enjoyed the site!
Information about the 1939 radio version produced by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore. Also, a link to order the program on CD or digital download, with many extras.
Information about the BBC radio version starring Michael Gough. Also, the 1975 CBS Radio Mystery Theater version starring E.G. Marshall! You will find a link to order a double CD set of these programs!
Information about the NPR radio version starring Jonathan Winters, with a link to listen.
Information about Disney’s “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” short animated feature -Updated with a new article!
Information about “Scrooge,” the 1970 musical version starring Albert Finney -Updated with new photos!
Information about the Muppet’s Christmas Carol -Updated with a new article!
Information about Rich Little’s one-man version of “A Christmas Carol.”
Information about the 1971 Chuck Jones animated film featuring Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge!
Information about Patrick Stewart’s one-man performance of the book, as well as his 1999 movie adaptation. -Updated with a new article!
A look back at one of the earlier versions, the 1938 adaption starring Reginald Owen.
Information about the big-screen Disney version of “A Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey. (Coming soon.)
Extra items and pages that are part of this site:
Christmas Essays by Dickens
“Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held, beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which cast no gloomy shadow!”
So writes Charles Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his day was precious. Enjoy his essay “The Christmas Tree,” as he recollects the joy it brought to his youth!
“Who can be insensible to the outpourings of good feeling, and the honest interchange of affectionate attachment, which abound at this season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We know nothing in nature more delightful! There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.”
The family seated around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured time that becomes forever etched in our hearts. Enjoy Dicken’s essay, “A Christmas Dinner,” as he relates the joys it brings.
“Lost friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!”
In his short essay, “What Christmas Is As We Grow Older,” Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys and loves we have known, in order to shut out the pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by celebrating the memories of times and people once close to us.
“My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him.” -Charles Dickens
Dickens never forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread about with his writings, or the meaning of the silent night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this excerpt from his private story written for his children, “The Life of Our Lord,” Dickens explains simply in his own words “The Christmas Story.”
“A Christmas Carol” Artwork and Illustrations
Read and enjoy a complete scan of the “A Christmas Carol” comic book adaptation from the 70’s by Marvel Comics! (EXCLUSIVE to this site!)
See Scrooge in various ads for merchandise that make him happy!
View cartoons and comics featuring Scrooge and other A Christmas Carol characters!
Vintage Art: Enjoy scenes from the story in these period illustrations!
Montage of scenes from the novel by artist Jeffrey Bedrick made for a puzzle.
Other resources outside of this site:
View the entire “Classics Illustrated” adaptation of the Dickens story.
Christmas According to Dickens: A series of articles by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts.
What was the problem with Tiny Tim’s health? Visit a page titled “Dickensian Diagnosis: Tiny Tim’s Symptoms Decoded” and find out!
A high-quality audio adaptation featuring award-winning voiceover artist Glenn Hascall!
NPR produced this audio adaptation a few years back featuring Jonathan Winters doing a dramatic reading of the version that Dickens edited for live performances.
Ever wondered what “gruel” was, exactly? Here’s an article that reviews the various film adaptations and examines just what Scrooge was eating when he was visited by Marley’s ghost!
Blog entry highlighting “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” cartoon, with information about a new book, and TV Guide clippings featuring the special.
A Youtube video of the 1949 TV Special featuring Vincent Price! It is a short version, only 25 minutes in length, originally produced as a syndicated production for airing on 22 stations across the United States on Christmas Day in 1949.
Blog review of the Rankin/Bass special “The Stingiest Man In Town” adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”
Article: “A Christmas Carol: History & Facts”
Here’s a link to the twisted and subversive (but fun) “Elvira’s Christmas Carol” comic story!
Blog entry listing (nearly) all the film versions of the story (at least, up until 2009).