Former Eagle County resident writes book celebrating Dickens |

Former Eagle County resident writes book celebrating Dickens

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Special to the DailyThe cover of "Eben Kruge: How 'A Christmas Carol' Came to be Written."

In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, the United Kingdom’s most prolific and influential author, writer Richard Barlow Adams published “Eben Kruge: How ‘A Christmas Carol’ Came to be Written.”

Adams’ new book is the story about the man behind one of the most loved Christmas stories of all time.

What is it about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that propels so many readers to reread the ghost story of Christmas and watch its many film and play productions?

What is the fascination?

Did people not “get it” the first or fifth time, or even the 20th time? And what of the man who penned the story? What was the writer, social reformer, businessman, husband, father, son, sibling and friend like?

What circumstances framed his past and present when he sat down to write the carol?

“Eben Kruge” is a story that explores these and other questions behind why Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843.

The story weaves together well-known and less-known facts about Dickens, including the secret he took to his grave, which led to his frenzied writing of the most famous of all Christmas fables.

“Eben Kruge,” not much longer than the carol, is a story that invites readers to experience, with Dickens, what triggered his imagination to write the Christmas classic.

Adams previously wrote a historical fiction called “The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War,” which tells the true story of the West Point class of 1861, a small band of brothers who are torn apart, only to face each other in battle.

It draws on his background as the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point.

As he pursues his writing, Adams continues to serve as a consulting forensic engineer, and is a part-time ski instructor at Beaver Creek.

He also enjoys sharing his faith, traveling, lecturing, golfing, hiking and biking. He and his wife have two married children and several grandchildren.

They reside in Sandestin, Florida, in addition to spending part of the year in Denver. They are currently members of the Destin United Methodist Church, and former members of The Vail Church.

“Eben Kruge” is available at The Bookworm of Edwards. Visit to learn more.

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