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Ebenezer Scrooge encounters "Ignorance" and "Want" in A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge encounters "Ignorance" and "Want" in A Christmas Carol

A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend money, sometimes to the point of forgoing even basic comforts. The term derives from the Latin miser, meaning "poor" or "wretched," comparable to the modern word "miserable". LAvare is a 1668 five-act satirical comedy by French playwright Molière. ... Image File history File links A_Christmas_Carol_-_Ignorance_and_Want. ... Image File history File links A_Christmas_Carol_-_Ignorance_and_Want. ... For other uses, see Money (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ...

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Famous misers in history

  • Raf "Scheef" De Lange - a famous alcoholic.
  • Ephraim Lópes Pereira d'Aguilar, 2nd Baron d'Aguilar - an eccentric nobleman.
  • Andrew Carnegie - Scottish born American industrialist, was notoriously "thrifty" until his old age, when he endowed numerous charities, including the New York Public Library. He was infamous for tipping a dime for services rendered, especially when a much larger tip was appropriate.
  • The Collyer brothers of New York City, who earned notoriety for living in a filthy, booby-trapped home.
  • Hetty Green - Cortland miser - was considered the world's wealthiest woman in 1916.
  • M. Walton Keys - The famous Columbus, OH miser.
  • Joseph Nollekens - Londoner generally considered to be the finest British sculptor of the late 18th century, he was also a notorious miser.
  • Gene Burd is a 76-year-old journalism professor at the University of Texas that walks seven miles per day round trip to and from work and has donated over a million dollars to an educational foundation. Mr. Burd was the subject of a front page story in the Austin American-Statesman on July 19, 2007 in which it chronicles his miserly ways. He has never married, holds his hand over his mouth when he speaks, has no automobile, lives in a small apartment, wears shoes he found in the trash, and picks up pennies to "pay his phone bill." He amassed a fortune on a modest salary due to his extremely frugal ways. [1]
  • Charles Huffman was a miser from the 1950's in the U.S. He was found dead on a Brooklyn, New York street with no money in his pockets. The police traced him to a $7 per week room that was filled with bank books and more than $500,000 in stock certificates. He was characterized by Franz Lidz, in The New York Times, on October 26, 2003.
  • Stuart Crafer of F&C was renowned throughout the European equity markets for paying wafer-thin levels of commission and chiselling his brokers into penury.
  • Dren Sopa - Miser from East Europe

Arms of the dAguilar Barons Ephraim Lópes Pereira dAguilar (born 1739 in Vienna - died 1802 in London) was the second Baron dAguilar, a Barony of the Holy Roman Empire. ... Andrew Carnegie (last name properly pronounced , but often )[1] (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which was later merged with Elbert H. Garys Federal Steel Company and several smaller companies to create... This article is about the country. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world and is one of Americas most significant research libraries. ... For other uses, see Dime. ... Langley Collyer (1885–1947), circa 1942–43 Homer Lusk Collyer (November 6, 1881–March 21, 1947) and Langley Collyer (October 3, 1885–March 1947) were two United States brothers who became famous because of their reclusiveness, filth and compulsive hoarding. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Henrietta Hetty Howland Robinson Green (1834-1916) Henrietta Hetty Howland Robinson Green (November 21, 1834 – July 3, 1916) was an American businesswoman, remarkable for her frugality during the Gilded Age, as well as for being the first American woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street. ... Skyline of downtown Columbus, Ohio, viewed across the Scioto River. ... Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) was a sculptor from London generally considered to be the finest British sculptor of the late 18th century. ... Journalism is a discipline of gathering, writing and reporting news, and broadly it includes the process of editing and presenting the news articles. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...

List of notable misers in fiction

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For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family transplanted in Southern California. ... Arnold Bennett, British novelist Enoch Arnold Bennett (May 27, 1867_March 27, 1931) was a British novelist. ... Riceyman Steps- Cover of 1991 Penguin edition Riceyman Steps is the title of a novel by British novelist Arnold Bennett, first published in 1923. ... An etching by George Cruikshank titled Fagin in the condemned Cell, November 1838. ... Dickens redirects here. ... Oliver Twist (1838) is Charles Dickens second novel. ... Eugénie Grandet (1834) is a novel by Honoré de Balzac about miserliness, and how it is bequeathed from the father to the daughter, Eugénie, through her unsatisfying love attachment with her cousin. ... Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799 - August 18, 1850), was a French novelist. ... For the anti-ship missile, see AGM-84 Harpoon. ... For the 2007 film, see Molière (film). ... LAvare is a 1668 five-act satirical comedy by French playwright Molière. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clarence J. Brown III (born January 5, 1959) is an American actor. ... This article is about the series. ... The Lockhorns is one-panel syndicated comic strip about a married couple, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn, who bitterly hate each other and yet do not divorce. ... Plyushkin (Плю́шкин) was a character in the Nikolai Gogols novel Dead Souls. ... Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Russian: ; IPA: ; Ukrainian: ) (April 1, 1809 — March 4, 1852) was a Russian-language writer of Ukrainian origin. ... For other uses, see Dead Souls (disambiguation). ... Pushkin redirects here. ... The Miserly Knight (Skupoy rïtsar’ in transliteration) is an opera in one act by Sergei Rachmaninoff to a Russian libretto by Alexander Pushkin, based his drama. ... Pop is a fictional character in the cartoon series Happy Tree Friends. ... Happy Tree Friends is a Flash cartoon series by Mondo Mini Shows, created by Kenn Navarro, Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo and Warren Graff. ... Silas Marner : The Weaver of Raveloe is a novel by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) which was first published in 1861. ... Mary Ann (Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. ... Scrooge McDuck or Uncle Scrooge is a fictional Scottish-born Glaswegian[1]anthropomorphic duck created by Carl Barks that first appeared in Four Color Comics #178, Christmas on Bear Mountain, published by Dell Comics in December, 1947. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... For the football (soccer) player, see Allan Young. ... McTeague is a novel by Frank Norris. ... For other persons of the same name, see Benjamin Norris. ... William Frawley (February 26, 1887 - March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Mr. ... Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe on April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American Academy Award Winning actor of stage, radio and film. ... For other uses, see Its a Wonderful Life (disambiguation). ... Ebenezer Scrooge encounters Ignorance and Want in Dickenss novel, A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. ... Dickens redirects here. ... Shylock After the Trial by John Gilbert (late 19th century) Shylock is a central character in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice who famously demanded a pound of flesh from the title character. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Since 1969, a statue of the Lady of Stavoren stands in the towns harbour, gazing out at the sea. ... Long Days Journey Into Night is a dramatic play in four acts by Eugene ONeill, widely considered to be his masterwork. ... Eugene Gladstone ONeill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was a Nobel- and four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. ... For other uses, see Maus (disambiguation). ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Horrid Henry is the main fictional character in a popular series of childrens books by Francesca Simon published by Orion Books. ... Anglo-American writer Francesca Simon (b. ... Cecilia, subtitled Memoirs of an Heiress, is a novel by Frances Burney, set in 1779 and published in 1782. ... Fanny Burney later Madame DArblay (June 13, 1752-January 6, 1840) was an English novelist and diarist. ...

Stereotypes

The stereotype of the miser is a wealthy, greedy man who lives miserably in order to save and increase his treasure. Other stereotypes are the "thrifty" Scotsmen and the "frugal" Dutch. For other uses, see Stereotype (disambiguation). ... Wealth usually refers to money and property. ... Greed is a desire to obtain more money or material possessions or bodily satisfaction than one is considered to need. ... For other uses, see Treasure (disambiguation). ... Thrifty is the name of several companies Thrifty Foods Thrifty Drug Stores (now Rite Aid) Thrifty Rent A Car (part of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group) It is also a name given to a type of phenotype Thrifty phenotype See also Thrift This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles... The Scots tribe originated from Ireland, from the now-called counties Antrim and Down. ... Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ...


A related stereotype is the capitalist as portrayed in, for example, Soviet propaganda. Both are usually moneylenders or industrialists, in any case businessmen, who possess great personal wealth but aren't bothered by the fate of the poor. The difference is that, unlike the miser, the capitalist does spend his money and is typically portrayed leading a decadent life. Anti-Semites have portrayed Jews both as misers and/or capitalists. In economics, a capitalist is someone who owns capital, presumably within the economic system of capitalism. ... 1967 Chinese propaganda poster from the Cultural Revolution. ... For the business meaning, see Wealth (economics). ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ...


The motivation for miserliness or avarice can be a strong desire to gain, especially in money or power. Psychoanalytic explanations, e.g. in the tradition of Sigmund Freud, link it to experiences in early childhood in the anal phase within the concept of psychosexual development. Greed is often associated with death and disease. ... Psychoanalysis is the revelation of unconscious relations, in a systematic way through an associative process. ... Sigmund Freud (IPA: ), born Sigismund Schlomo Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939), was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. ... The concept of psychosexual development, as envisioned by Sigmund Freud at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, is a central element in the theory of psychology. ...


References

1. "Burd's Eye View" Austin American Statesman, July 19, 2007. Page A1.


See also

Look up Miser in
Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Frugality (also known as thrift or thriftiness ) is the practice of acquiring goods and services at minimum cost, achieved via economical restraints or creative measures. ... For other uses, see Cardinal sin (disambiguation). ...

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Ludwig Edler von Mises, Biography: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: Library of Economics and Liberty (709 words)
Mises was also a strong proponent of laissez-faire; he advocated that the government not intervene anywhere in the economy.
Mises was rare, for someone of his stature within the economics profession, in not having a paying academic job for much of his professional life.
From 1913 to 1934 Mises was an unpaid professor at the University of Vienna.
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