On the final night of the year 1857 an obscure old woman died at the Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Birmingham, England claiming to have lived out her life among the characters of Charles Dickens’ famous Christmas Carol. And yet, everyone knows that Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley were fiction. They never really existed … or did they? Covering that period from August of 1747 to December of 1827 A True History of Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Marley reveals the untold story behind the much-beloved Dickens Christmas classic. Just who were Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley? What was the truth behind that famous Christmas Eve haunting? What could possibly have happened to cause their flesh-and-blood reality to fade into such complete obscurity even while they lived on as fictional characters? And just where does the imagination cease and reality actually begin?