A Christmas Carol

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Pocket Books, Jan 3, 1983 - Christmas stories - 224 pages
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The best-known and best-loved of Dickens' tales, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who hated the humbug of Christmas...until one Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on journeys through the past, present and future. As Scrooge enters the lives of the lovable Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Fezziwigs, he comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill. A story of yuletide joy, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Dickens' hymn to the spirit of Christmas, a spirit to be cherished, as Scrooge himself realizes, throughout "all the year."

This easy-to-read edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL includes sixteen pages of historical illustrations and a brief biography of the author, Charles Dickens.

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STAVE
58
STAVE THREE
102
STAVE FOUR
160
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About the author (1983)

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.

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