A Christmas carol and other Christmas stories /
Charles Dickens.
New York : Signet Classics, 1984.
223 p.
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New York : Signet Classics, 1984.
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A Christmas carol -- A Christmas tree -- A Christmas dinner -- A good-humoured Christmas.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
As a child, Charles Dickens (1812-70) came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A surprise legacy brought release from the night-mare of prison and "slave" factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling. He taught himself shorthand and worked as a parliamentary reporter until his writing career took off with the publication of Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837). As a novelist and magazine editor, Dickens had a long run of serialized success through Our Mutual Friend (1864-65). In later years, ill health slowed him down, but he continued his popular dramatic readings from his fiction to an adoring public, which included Queen Victoria. At his death, The Mystery of Edwin Drood remained unfinished. Frederick Busch is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including Closing Arguments, Girls, and The Mutual Friend, a novel about Charles Dickens. The winner of numerous awards, he is the Edgar W. B Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.
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Dickens' most beloved story, "A Christmas Carol," is as much a part of a traditional Christmas as mistletoe, carolers, and candlelight processions. Once read publicly on Christmas Eve each year by Dickens himself, this heartwarming tale continues to stir in us the same feelings of repentance, forgiveness, and love that transformed Scrooge from grumbling, "Bah! Humbug!" to sharing Tiny Tim's happy "God bless us, every one!" Dickens' other Christmas stories in this wonderful collection also evoke both the tragedy of those who lack Christmas spirit and the joy of those who raise a wassail cup to goodwill toward men. "A Christmas Tree" richly describes a Victorian Christmas as seen through a child's delighted eyes. "Christmas Dinner" celebrates the moving reunion of a divided family, and the Christmas chapters from The Pickwick Papers move from the exhilaration of a Christmas wedding to a shivery ghost story that eerily foreshadows the Christmas Eve spirits seen by Ebenezer Scrooge. Warmly nostalgic and beautifully written, the Christmas stories of Charles Dickens deserve a very special place in our memories and our hearts.
Main Description
A timeless collection no miser should be without. Every Christmas season, this heartwarming tale stirs in us the feelings of forgiveness and repentance that transform Scrooge from miser-"Bah, humbug!"-to merrymaker. Dickens's other Christmas stories in this collection also evoke both the tragedy of those who lack the Yuletide spirit and the joy of those who raise a wassail cup to goodwill toward men.
Main Description
Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and to come are as much a part of a traditional Christmas as mistletoe, carollers, 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.
Main Description
From "A Christmas Carol," the beloved tale of Scrooge's transformation from humbug to philanthrope, to "A Christmas Tree," which gives a child's-eye-view of Victorian Christmas, to "Christmas Dinner," a celebration of a divided family's reunion, to the Christmas chapters from "The Pickwick Papers," the Christmas stories of Charles Dickens reserve a special place in readers' memories and hearts.
Unpaid Annotation
Dickens' timeless tale is as much a part of Christmas as presents and mistletoe. This special collection also includes other, lesser-known Dickens Christmas stories sure to warm readers' hearts everywhere.

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