Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. This book contains three short ghost stories (in the vein of A Christmas Carol) that originally appeared as Christmas tales. Both spooky and touching, they are the perfect little tales for the Christmas holiday season.
The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.These Christmas Stories in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is one of the classic heart warming Christmas stories that have delighted readers for decades. "A Christmas Carol" is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold and bitter miser who despises Christmas and everything about it. When the ghost of his old partner Jacob Marley and then three additional ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve he finally learns of the true spirit of Christmas.
This is an exact reproduction of the first 1843 edition of the tremendously popular, A Christmas Carol In Prose Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens. It is produced using a scan of a surviving copy of the 1843 original held by the Taylor Institution at University of Oxford in England.Although the author of many famous works, none are more famous than A Christmas Carol. Each Christmas season, movie and TV adaptations of A Christmas Carol are played over and over again. Much of the way that we celebrate Christmas comes from A Christmas Carol. The word "scrooge" as a mean and miserly person was introduced into the English Language by A Christmas Carol. One of the most popular Disney cartoon characters is Scrooge McDuck, who still has the first dime he earned and goes swimming in his money pit filled with gold coins. Dickens was already a famous author when this book was written. He visited America in 1842, where he was mobbed by fans everywhere he went. A Christmas Carol was written the following year after his return to England.John Leech was born August 29, 1817 in London. In addition to his eight drawings for A Christmas Carol, he was the illustrator of many other works. The word "cartoon" was first attributed to his drawings, which appeared in Punch.
Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about his choices. A Christmas Carol is Dickens' most influential book and a funny, clever, and hugely enjoyable story.