A Christmas Carol Background
Charles Dickens was a young boy who was born into a fairly wealthy family, but his father used much of it up, so he quickly became poor. Writing had always been good to him, so he soon was writing books such as A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield. He was said to have wanted to write A Christmas Carol because he wanted to keep honor of Christmas in our hearts, and he succeeded.
The Industrial Revolution was going on in the Victorian Age and while Charles Dickens was writing his books. It was a time of improvement in science and mechanics.
The Victorian Age was when Queen Victoria ruled in time (1837-1901). The only places that experienced this age were the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland.
Child Labor and Poverty
Many families were poor in this age and sent their children out to make money for the family. Pay was low though and jobs were somewhat hard to find.
Charles Dickens was married once, maybe twice and had about 10 children with his first wife. It is said that he died in the middle of a book he was writing. Charles Dickens wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas, and hundreds of short stories. He lectured in the beginning United States and in his home country, England.