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There’s irony in the idea that had crotch­ety miser Ebenezer Scrooge wit­nessed a 31-year-old Charles Dick­ens, hob­bled by fi­nan­cial woes, slog­ging through Lon­don in 1843, he’d have scowled and let loose a “Bah hum­bug!” The scribe, of course, turned his for­tunes around that year by pub­lish­ing his clas­sic A Christ­mas Carol, a tale that linked Scrooge to the spirit (or three) of the sea­son. In Novem­ber, The Man Who In­vented Christ­mas re­counts the story be­hind one of Dick­ens’ most en­dur­ing works, star­ring Down­ton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the au­thor and 87-year-old Canuck act­ing leg­end Christo­pher Plum­mer as ol’ Scrooge him­self. —MC

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