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Archive - Dec 20, 2017

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One man, many voices

Ben Carling channels Dickens with ‘A Christmas Carol’

NORTH LIBERTY– On Dec. 3, 1867, the New York Daily Tribune ran a review of Charles Dickens’ first reading of “A Christmas Carol” in Boston’s Tremont Temple the prior evening:
From first to last there is no trickery in it,—full of action, abounding in gesture, with a voice for every character in every mood; with a face for every man, woman, and child, reflecting every feeling. There is no straining for stage effect, no attitudizing, no affectation. The most effective reading we ever listened to—it was the most beautifully simple, straightforward, hearty piece of painting from life.