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December 08, 2009


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Am I the recipient of that "wink, nudge", Gina? XD

Thank you so much for posting this! I am very excited to start reading Shadowing Dickens and keeping up with each daily writing throughout the Christmas season.

Well, all fans of Agnes are, let's say! ;-)

Who's Alfy Wickfield?

A fictional character in the story. We were just remarking on how the story's author had paid a little tribute to "David Copperfield" by using that last name. :-)

I have not yet read "David Copperfield." I'm saving it for last, in the hopes of being able to commemorate actually getting past the first chapter.

Charles Dickens wasn't the author of "A Christmas Carol." He hurriedly revised a manuscript he had been given by Mathew Franklin Whittier, younger brother of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, in Boston. The original had been written by Mathew and his wife, Abby Poyen, probably in 1838. I have a great deal of evidence supporting this theory--including, for starters, that there is a record of Dickens thanking Mathew for a letter, later in 1842; and that Mathew was personal friends with Oliver Wendell Holmes, and hence would have been invited to meet Dickens in Boston. I have also have a number of Mathew and Abby's other works, which are similar to the "Carol." The best evidence is that this story contains genuine occult teachings, which Dickens had no respect for, subtitling the book "A Ghost Story of Christmas."

Well, that's a new one . . . :-)

Stephen Sakellarios is busy spreading this rumor across the internet. The evidence appears to be that Mr Sakellarios, an ardent spiritualist, claims to be a re-incarnation of Whittier and therefore "knows" that his alter ego handed the manuscript to Dickens on his visit to America. Apparently, by the same reasoning, Whittier was also the real author of some of Edgar Allan Poe's works. And also some of those by victorian poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning ... and so on and so on. Readers can form their own conclusions.

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