The Haunted Man Synopsis

The Haunted Man

 The Haunted Man was published in 1848. Like A Christmas Carol, it is a story of ghosts and redemption. The tale follows Professor Redlaw, a chemist, who is haunted by the death of his sister and a spectral form of himself who bargains with him to forget his sorrows.

 The story in context

 This novella was the final instalment of Dickens’s Christmas books from the 1840s. The Haunted Man was a great success and it sold 18,000 copies on its first day of publication. Whilst a commercial triumph the story was tinged with personal sadness. Dickens’s older sister Fanny had died in September 1848 and Dickens grieved this loss while writing this haunting story.

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