A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
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Visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his departed business partner Jacob Marley, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet-to-Come, Scrooge is both reminded of what he was and shown fully what he has become. Broken down by the sight of his own future neglected grave, as well as the impending death of little Tiny Tim, Scrooge awakes a new man who brings his newfound joy and generosity to his employees and family. . .and who's story inspires generosity in readers with each new Christmas season.
Part of the Penguin Classics Hardcover Series, the fabric-bound, imprinted cover was designed by the acclaimed Coralie Bickford-Smith. A Christmas Carol features a pattern of snowflakes on a white background. Ribbon marker is also included. 336 pages, hardcover.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2010
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Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe 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.
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.