Issue Date: 01/11/2018
Issue Name: Christmas 2018 - Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. 2018 marks the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens book 'A Christmas Carol' and to commemorate this occasion we have produced this lovely cover. It features the 1993 Charles Dickens Christmas stamps on our holly berry scene Christmas cover along with our Ebenezer Road, Hastings postmark.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell, G. K. Chesterton and Tom Wolfe —for his realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.
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Stephen Phillip Tompkinson is an English actor, known for his television roles as Marcus in Chancer, Damien Day in Drop the Dead Donkey, Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel, Trevor Purvis in Grafters, Danny Trevanion in Wild at Heart and Alan Banks in DCI Banks.