National Geographic : 1955 Sep
r .- Library of Congress A' Culver Service S. K.~ ' ?fii 5t?'7 . . 1Y ^^^V ~-:~ ;-yi'~"I-7rzYrY;t-~C --i----~ M Charles Dickens at Work... <-This picture was made in 1867, when Dickens was 55 and visiting the United States. It reveals him at the pinnacle of success, author of 17 best-selling novels and American Notes, an account of his trip to the U. S . 25 years earlier. The year following his first journey to America, Dickens wrote the most beloved of his stories, A Christmas Carol. Working like one obsessed, he "wept and laughed, and wept again, and excited himself in a most extraordinary manner." Today A Christmas Carol ranks as a classic. Reading it aloud on Christ mas Eve is a sentimental family ritual across the English-speaking world. Hearing it, children weep and laugh, and weep again.