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Book Basics

Author: Charles Dickens

Year Published: 1843

Type: Novella

Genre: Allegory

Perspective and Narrator:

A Christmas Carol is told in third-person narration from the omniscient perspective of an unnamed narrator.


A Christmas Carol is narrated in past tense.

About the Title:

A Christmas carol is a joyful song about the Christmas season. To continue the carol metaphor, Dickens divides the novella into staves rather than chapters; stave is another word for staff, the five parallel lines on which musical notes are written.

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