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A Christmas Carol: With Jonathan Winters

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“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail”—and so, nearly, was Christmas itself when Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Most traditions had been forgotten, and few if any employees got time off to celebrate. Dickens’ story captured the imagination of a generation and transformed December 25 into a major holiday.

For many National Public Radio listeners, it wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing Jonathan Winters perform “A Christmas Carol.” The master comedian brilliantly re-creates Dickens’ cast of colorful characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley’s spirit, and the three Christmas ghosts, Past, Present, and Future. His distinctive and charming reading uses a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. The liner notes are by Winters, who clearly revels in the story’s language and message: “Merry Christmas, every one!”

Performer Jonathan Winter began his career as a standup-comic and radio personality before moving to television and films. The late talk show icon Jack Paar dubbed him “Pound for pound . . . the funniest man on earth.” The comedian was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999. He has multiple Grammy® nominations and one win.

Tracks

  1. Introduction Susan Stamberg
  2. Marley was dead, to begin with...
  3. "Merry Christmas Uncle! God save you!"
  4. The clerk, in letting Scrooge's nephew out, had let another person in...
  5. Scrooge took his melancholy dinner in his usual melancholy tavern...
  6. Marley's face, with a dismal light about it...
  7. Scrooge was not much in the habit of cracking jokes...
  8. When Scrooge awoke it was so dark...
  9. As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall...
  10. They now stood in the busy thoroughfares of a city...
  11. This produced an immediate effect. He was older now...
  12. Scrooge awoke in his own bedroom, there was no doubt about that...
  13. Tiny Tim sat very close to his father's side...
  14. It was a great surprise to Scrooge as this scene vanished
  15. The bell struck twelve. Scrooge looked about him for the ghost...
  16. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come conveyed him to a dismal...
  17. "Oh, Jacob Marley! Heaven and the Christmas time be praised..."
  18. Scrooge dressed himself all in his best...
  19. But he was early at the office next morning...