Who Was the Real Ebenezer Scrooge?

Charles Dickens gave us the classic tale of Christmas joy and generosity, along with ghosts, in his story A Christmas Carol. He also gave us a classic villain in Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and miserly type we’ve all known at some time in our lives. The greatest literary characters are drawn from real life, and there has been plenty of study on who inspired the Scrooge character.

Dickens drew from more than one real person to make Scrooge. Literary scholars believe that his miserly ways came from member of parliament John Elwes, who lived in the previous century and was well-documented in a bestselling biography that Dickens would have no doubt read.  

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The inspiration of the character’s name came from the very real Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie, who died in 1836, and was unknown to Dickens. How that happened is a bit weird. Read about Scroggie and Elwes and how they contributed to the character of Ebenezer Scrooge at BBC.  -via Damn Interesting

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