Am reading the actual text of 'A Christmas Carol' as a counterbalance to the many dramatisations that circulate at this time of year (much as I love the Muppets' version) . It's a bit like the nativity itself - the actual story contains much more than the narrative we have in our heads.
It made me think about Dickens. His stories, including this classic tale about Scrooge, were his response in narrative to the social injustices of Victorian England. Marx took a different route in response to the same society.
My question is this: whose writing improved the lot of the poor the most?