Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drunks

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Did Charles Dickens LaBoeuf A Christmas Carol?

Posted by on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Move over, Shia: The Boston Globe's Kevin Hartnett says that Charles Dickens may have ripped the idea for A Christmas Carol off from some Massachusetts mill workers:

Dickens visited Lowell in 1842, touring the mills and taking notes for a travelogue he planned to write on American institutions. The next year, he published “A Christmas Carol.”... After reading an obscure literary journal published by Lowell textile workers and comparing it to Dickens’s novella, a Boston University professor and student are arguing that some of the most memorable elements of Dickens’s story—the ghosts, the tour through the past, Scrooge’s sudden reconsideration of his life—closely resemble plot points in stories by the city’s “mill girls” that Dickens read after his visit.

I find this news very to be very depressing. If they find out that A Charlie Brown Christmas was copied from an obscure Czech cartoon, I'm going to have to go ahead and cancel Christmas.


Comments (8) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
treacle 1
As the obscure philosopher Nick Randome once said: "Nothing is actually original, everything is just remixed from already existing sources in new ways."

You think your brain is being original, but its just remixing thoughts, images and concepts that it has experienced before.

Now, who is this "Charles Dickens LaBoeuf"?? And why is your subject missing a verb? Because post-modern grammar?
Posted by treacle on December 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 2
@1 this phrase "post-modern grammar," would you be so kind to expand on that? perhaps a good dialogue could follow.
Posted by dnt trust me on December 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Perhaps Dickens was feelin' turnabout is fair play, as he was majorly pissed America's book publishers ripped him off without paying him or his publishers for rights to his books published in the states.

But why take it out on the poor mill girls?

(By the by, one of my grandmother's was a "mill girl" back in the teens of the 20th century, by which time factories which produced cloth and clothing were still called "mills.")

Posted by judybrowni on December 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 4
If they find out that A Charlie Brown Christmas was copied from an obscure Czech cartoon, I'm going to have to go ahead and cancel Christmas.

It's already been done. You'd just be plagiarizing.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on December 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
“Dickens was kind of a ladies’ man,” Bray says. “So I see him being very drawn to their intellectual nature

Uh-huh. The intellectual nature of their warm bodies brushing past him on the stairs, no doubt.
Posted by Fnarf on December 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
lemonde 6
Earlier today on NPR they mentioned how Dickens visited child laborers and mineworkers in Cornwall and may have gotten the idea from it after that trip.
Posted by lemonde on December 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM · Report this
The great ones steal and improve. Does anyone think less of Shakespeare because most of his plots were stolen? And it's hardly a disservice to the mill girls if we are now paying attention to their literary efforts because of what he did.
Posted by BigTimeBob on December 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
you spelled LaBeouf wrong.
Posted by detractor on December 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM · Report this

Add a comment


Want great deals and a chance to win tickets to the best shows in Seattle? Join The Stranger Presents email list!

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy