A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens
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Dicken's Christmas writings-in a new, sumptuous, and delightful clothbound edition.

Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol has had significant influence on our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and the season as a time for celebration, charity, and memory. This handsome edition features appendices on A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man, an essay on Dickens and The Arabian Nights, and Dickens's prefaces to the collected editions of the Christmas books.

 

About Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work. Michael Slater is an emeritus professor at Birkbeck College, London, and past president of the Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America.
 
Published December 17, 1843 by Chapman & Hall. 112 pages
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The final exhortation not to keep Christmas like the Chokepears is particularly Dickensian: "That is the Christmas of the belly: keep you the Christmas of the heart.

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On Christmas Eve Marley's Ghost tells Scrooge of three visits in three consecutive nights, but he wakes to find that it is Christmas Day.

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When Scrooge's niece, as he looks on with the Ghost of Christmas Present in stave three, plays a tune that "had been familiar to the child who fetched Scrooge from the boarding school", you remember that scene as sharply as he does.

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He visited a ragged school, which offered basic education to street children – children with no parents, or neglectful ones, filthy children who sometimes missed lessons because they had been in prison, pickpockets, prostitutes – and he urged his rich friend Miss Coutts to support such schools.

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When Scrooge's niece, as he looks on with the Ghost of Christmas Present in stave three, plays a tune that "had been familiar to the child who fetched Scrooge from the boarding school", you remember that scene as sharply as he does.

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The final exhortation not to keep Christmas like the Chokepears is particularly Dickensian: "That is the Christmas of the belly: keep you the Christmas of the heart.

Dec 07 2010 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol and Other C...

The Guardian

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On Christmas Eve Marley's Ghost tells Scrooge of three visits in three consecutive nights, but he wakes to find that it is Christmas Day.

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The Nightingale Before Christmas: A Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery.

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