Dickens's A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding.
It is a ghost story set at Christmastime in which a bad-tempered skinflint learns the error of his ways. Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart.
This edition includes all the original illustrations for A Christmas Carol and reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man.
All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim 'to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land'.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and grew up in London. His father was imprisoned for debt and in 1823 Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse, experiences that deeply affected the future novelist. After working as a reporter Dickens began to write short stories, followed in 1836 by Pickwick Papers and then Oliver Twist. Books such as David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, and A Tale of Two Cities were celebrated in his own day, and he is still regarded as one if the greatest English novelists. Dickens associated stroytelling with Christmas, and A Christmas Carol was an instant success. The names of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and the cry of 'Bah! Humbug!' are universally known, and the story has been adapted many times for stage and film.
"A Christmas Carol] seems to be a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it a personal kindness."
--William Makepeace Thackeray
|Note on the Text||xxx|
|A Chronology of Charles Dickens||xxxvi|
|A Christmas Carol||p. 5|
|The Chimes||p. 85|
|The Cricket on the Hearth||p.163|
|The Battle of Life||p.245|
|The Haunted Man||p.323|
|Appendix 1: 'What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older'||p.409|
|Appendix 2: Dicken's Reading Version of A Christmas Carol||p.415|
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Series: Oxford World's Classics
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 14th September 2006
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.9 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.603