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A best-seller at the time of its initial publication, A Christmas Carol has become the most famous secular Christmas story in English. Although the novel is full of flaws— it is a trite story of an unfeeling miser becoming a sensitive person that employs stereotypes, such as the crippled dying child—Dickens makes readers suspend their disbelief because he speaks to them on an emotional rather than an intellectual level. Critics agree that Dickens added an important element of human warmth and love to the holiday season with this work.