With illustrations by Edward Landseer, Daniel Maclise, Clarkson Stanfield, Frank Stone, Richard Doyle, John Leech and John Tenniel, and with a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.
In these five long stories, written specifically for Christmas, Dickens combines his concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional seasonal lore.
A Christmas Carol, the first of the selection, has become a touchstone of English festive fiction and an enduring favourite internationally. Repeatedly adapted, parodied, staged and filmed, this richly influential tale is powerfully vivid and moving.
The other stories, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Lifeand The Haunted Man, blend whimsy, sentiment, comedy, satire, the didactic and the fantastic, developing resourcefully the theme of individual and social regeneration.
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I think that this book was interesting I have seen the movies many times before in all versions in all 11 years that I have lived. I did notice some spelling errors and some words that didn't make sense for the time of the 21st century like ''hither and thither'' and many more; but I did still enjoy reading these stories
A Christmas Carol
TWO The First of the Three Spirits
THREE The Second of the Three Spirits
FOUR The Last of the Spirits
The Gift Bestowed
The Gift Diffused
The Gift Reversed