Dickens Scholar Shares the Story Behind A Christmas Carol

ST. JOHNSBURY — Charles Dickens scholar Barry Deitz will discuss the life and career of Charles Dickens and his story A Christmas Carol in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. His talk, “Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. (Note: This talk takes place on Thursday on a special date.)

Deitz will consider Dickens’s career up to the publication of A Christmas Carol in 1843, what the novella’s success meant to Dickens’s life and work, and how the story has resonated since, including in films.

Deitz was born in North Carolina and now lives in New England. He has worked as a librarian, bookstore manager, radio host, news anchor, actor, television show host, and documentary film maker. He has presented over one hundred programs around New England on numerous and disparate topics, including Sherlock Holmes, World War I American writers, Dracula, and Charles Dickens.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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