The enchanting NPR holiday favorite is finally on CD.
"Old Marley was as dead as a doornail"—and so, nearly, was Christmas itself when Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol" in 1843. Most traditions had been forgotten, and few if any employees got time off to celebrate. Dickens' story captured the imagination of a generation and transformed December 25 into a major holiday.
For many National Public Radio listeners, it just wouldn't be Christmas without hearing Jonathan Winters perform "A Christmas Carol." The master comedian brilliantly re-creates Dickens' cast of colorful characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit, and the three Christmas ghosts, Past, Present, and Future. His distinctive and charming reading uses a special version of the story prepared by Dickens for his own performances. The liner notes are by Winters, who clearly revels in the story's language and message: "Merry Christmas, every one!"
About the Author
Nationally renowned broadcast journalist SUSAN STAMBERG is special correspondent for NPR. Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Performer JONATHAN WINTERS began his career as a standup-comic and radio personality before moving to television and films. The late talk show icon Jack Paar dubbed him "Pound for pound… the funniest man on earth." The comedian was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999. He has multiple Grammy® nominations and one win.
Actor and director MIMI KENNEDY is known to many as Dharma's mother in the television series Dharma and Greg. She also appeared in the Broadway and road companies of the show Hair. Mimi Kennedy got her start in theater with the Rochester Community Players, appearing in Agatha Christie's Spider Web when she was 12 years old.
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
Education:Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The three stories in this book include A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, The Chimes (184-) and the Cricket on the Hearth (1846). I read them all as a kid and I loved them. I still do. Of the three, my favorite is the Cricket.
I feel somehow compelled to read A Christmas Carol every December. Enough said.
This book contains two other Christmas themed novellas besides the author's most famous work. The Haunted Man is a darker and more subtle take on the topic than A Christmas Carol.