Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson became professor of English at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) in 1981. Specialising in the literary and publishing history of British poetry in the Romantic and Victorian eras, he wrote The Economics of Literary Form: English Literature and the Industrialization of Publishing:1800-1850 (Johns Hopkins,1996), and Robert Browning: His Poetry and His Audiences (Cornell,1984).

  • Ebenezer Scrooge
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    The primitive Keynesianism of Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol'
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    The traditional interpretation of Scrooge is of an avaricious miser graced by visitations which convert him into an enthusiast for Christmas. But from a Keynesian point of view, Scrooge is a hoarder with an obsession for maintaining almost complete liquidity in deflationary times like the early 1840’s. Even then, Dickens recognised the problem and understood the cure…

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