Was Dickens’s Christmas Carol borrowed from Lowell’s mill girls?

Natalie McKnight, Humanities, team GBoston Globe (subscription required)
Natalie McKnight, College of General Studies

The industrial city of Lowell might seem a world apart from the fireside British scenes we associate with Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”…

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“There’s a way in which [the Lowell women] pulled together the supernatural elements, the Christmas setting, the sentiment, that theme of going back in time, and memory traveling through time—all of that’s there in The Lowell Offering.”  I think having all of that in one place was the catalyst for things coming together so perfectly in ‘A Christmas Carol.’”

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