Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

ISBN-10: 0140439056
ISBN-13: 9780140439052
Edition: 2003
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Description: This new selection of Dickens's Christmas writings confirms his lasting influence upon our idea of the Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for celebration, charity, and memory. In addition to the beloved A Christmas Carol, this volume  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This new selection of Dickens's Christmas writings confirms his lasting influence upon our idea of the Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for celebration, charity, and memory. In addition to the beloved A Christmas Carol, this volume includes such festive works as "Christmas Festivities," "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton," "A Christmas Tree," "The Seven Poor Travellers," The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, and a Christmas episode from Master Humphrey's Clock.

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

A Dickens Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Christmas Festivities
The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton
A Christmas Episode from Master Humphrey's Clock
A Christmas Carol
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
A Christmas Tree
What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older
The Seven Poor Travellers
Dickens's Prefaces to Collected Editions of The Christmas Books
Dickens's Descriptive Headlines for A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man
Dickens and The Arabian Nights
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