Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. The Haunted Man is the fifth and last of his Christmas novellas. The tale centers on a Professor Redlaw and those close to him. He is haunted by a spirit, who is not so much a ghost as Redlaw's phantom twin and is "an awful likeness of himself, with his features, and his bright eyes, and his grizzled hair, and dressed in the gloomy shadow of his dress."
The setting is an English village that stands on the site of a historic battle. Some characters refer to the battle as a metaphor for the struggles of life. Battle is the only one of the five Christmas Books that has no supernatural or explicitly religious elements.
Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. The Haunted House is a collection of ghost tales by Dickens, who wrote the opening and closing stories, framing them, and five other authors: Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell.