A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

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Minibook, 1996 - Christmas stories - 507 pages
Book & slipcase. 'A Christmas Carol', first published in 1843, was written in a time of decline in the old Christmas traditions. The story's great popularity played an important role in redefining the importance of Christmas in the 19th century, and even today, with our many contemporary Ebenzer Scrooges, it reminds us of the importance and true meaning of Christmas. As a Victorian morality tale, it became an instant success and one of Charles Dickens' (1812-1870) best known stories. This fine miniature book presents the complete version of the 1843 text and also includes the original illustrations by John Leech.

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About the author (1996)

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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