Christmas Books

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Christmas stories - 486 pages
In these five short novels, written for Christmases between 1845 and 1848 (with no book in 1847), Dickens is at his most characteristic. Included are A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE CHIMES, THE HAUNTED MAN, THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH, and THE BATTLE OF LIFE. This edition is based on the 1868 Charles Dickens Edition, corrected by the author.

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

A wonderful trio of stories to read during the Christmas season. A Christmas Carol is well known, the other two not so much but they should be since both deal with similar aspects of A Christmas Carol. Read full review

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User Review  - Bagpuss - LibraryThing

My annual Christmas read! This book is just brilliant - it has it all. Such a fantastic story and just the thing to put one in the mood for Christmas. If you haven't read it I urge you to do so (it's not very long, so there is still time!). Read full review



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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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