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A Christmas Carol : & Other Christmas Books - Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

& Other Christmas Books

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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

Introduction vii
Note on the Text xxx
Select Bibliography xxxii
A Chronology of Charles Dickens xxxvi
Christmas Books
Preface p. 3
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
Explanatory Notes p.419
Table of Contents provided by Oxford University Press. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780199204748
ISBN-10: 0199204748
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 14th September 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.9  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.603