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A Christmas Carol

Written by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Bantam Classics
Format: Paperback
Pub Date: November 1986
Price: $3.95
Can. Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21244-0 (0-553-21244-3)
Pages: 112
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, abridged audiobook download, unabridged audiobook download, eBook, eBook, hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.



 
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and to come are as much a part of a traditional Christmas as mistletoe, carolers, and candlelight processions. Also included in this heartwarming collection are the Dickens stories "A Christmas Tree," "Christmas Dinner," and the Christmas chapters from The Pickwick Papers. Since A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, the tale of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, humble Bob Crachit, and beloved Tiny Tim has taken a special place in the heart of our Christmas tradition. The most famous celebration of Christmas--and family love--in the English language shows us the nature of true charity, the power of tenderness and the wisdom of innocence in a cold-hearted world.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7th, 1812. At the age of eleven, Dickens was taken out of school and sent to work in a London blacking warehouse, where his job was to paste labels on bottles for six shillings a week. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to school, after which he became an office boy, a freelance reporter, and finally an author. With Pickwick Papers (1836-7) he achieved immediate fame; in a few years he was easily the most popular and respected writer of his time. It has been estimated that one out of every ten persons in Victorian England was a Dickens reader. Oliver Twist (1837), Nicholas Nickelby (1838-9), and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) were huge successes. Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4) was less so, but Dickens followed it with his unforgettable A Christmas Carol (1843). Bleak House (1852-3), Hard Times (1854), and Little Dorrit (1855-7) reveal his deepening concern for the injustices of British society. A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-61) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-5) complete his major works.





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