A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. After reading Christmas Carol, the notoriously reculsive Thomas Carlyle was "seized with a perfect convulsion of hospitality" and threw not one but two Christmas dinner parties. The impact of the story may not always have been so dramatic but, along with Dickens other Christmas writings, it has had a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and about the season as a time for celebration, charity, and memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140439052
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Series: Penguin Classics
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 121,130
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor at Birkbeck College, London & a past President of the Dickens Fellowship & the Dickens Society of America.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

Table of Contents

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas WritingsA Dickens Chronology
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

Christmas Festivities

The Story Of The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton

A Christmas Episode From Master Humphrey's Clock

A Christmas Carol

The Haunted Man And The Ghost's Bargain

A Christmas Tree

What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older

The Seven Poor Travellers

Appendix I: Dickens's Prefaces to Collected Editions of The Christmas Books
Appendix II: Dickens's Descriptive Headlines for A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man
Appendix III: Dickens and The Arabian Nights

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
immaculatechaos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This rating is for the story "A Christmas Carol" only. I read the other stories, but would only give them 3 or 2 stars.
kusshi- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very famous story written by Charles Dickens.The main character Scrooge is very cold man.He hates a Christmas Day and loves money.So on Christmas Eve three spirits visite him to teach him important things.This is very warm story and I like it.
freddiefreddie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Carol was excellent. Had trouble following some of The Haunted Man, but the passages about the baby were hilarious.