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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.
Unabridged and unaltered Dover (1991) republication of the text of the first edition (1843, Chapman and Hall, London).

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486268659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486268651
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) on December 21, 2013
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I've read several derivatives (one with Jane Austen characters and voice, another the original Christmas story with the innkeeper as Scrooge) this year, so I decided it might be time to re-read the original. This was an interesting edition to read because it included a bio of Dickens and the context of the book in the time period. It also included reviews throughout history since the story was first written. Amazing the differences in reviewers' reactions--ranging from a reviewer from Dickens' own time who predicted the story would still be read a hundred years later to a modern reviewer who can't understand why anyone would ever read such a sappy, sentimental story. Some saw Scrooge's transformation as a religious redemption; others saw nothing of the birth of Jesus in the story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TabbyMeister on January 1, 2014
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I've read the paperback version of "A Christmas Carol" on an annual basis during the holiday season for almost two decades and this year was the first time I read this classic on the Kindle, and I absolutely loved the Enriched version by Atria. The chronology of Dickens's work, historical context, interpretive notes, critical excerpts, and questions for discussion added immensely to my understanding of the era in which the book was written. The additional information also helped me become more absorbed in this timeless work. Displaying the words in the original script is an awesome touch, too. Bravo!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leo M. Johnson and Sheryl Johnson on January 15, 2012
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As a teacher in a school district with limited funds, it is not unusual to find myself forced to use my own money for supplies, etc. Thanks to a great price, the buy three get one free deal, and free, two day shipping, my students were able to read an unabridged version of a timeless classic, and I now have 50 copies to use again for years to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on January 15, 2014
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I wanted to read this book again, after a couple of decades. A bit archaic in style, the book is still good, though not that frightening when I was a kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Win on December 29, 2010
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This is a fantastic edition of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transition from Miser to Man of the People. It is unabridged (original text that includes wonderful lines such as "solitary as an oyster") and bound well for a smaller paperback. An excellent edition for an unbeatable price! For a gift idea, tie these books with ribbon and gave them as gifts to coworkers, neighbors, and even as stocking stuffers; I did, and they were a terrific hit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Wallace on January 16, 2014
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Loved it.......very good read.....albeit a tad wordy in places....but that's Dickens!!! I highly recommend it!!!! I've touted it to all my Friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Oliva on January 16, 2014
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Reread it after not having read it for over 30 yrs. Refreshed on some details. Of course I totally loved it once again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Kokkelenberg on January 16, 2014
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If you never have read it but only seen one of the many movie or TV adoptions, do your self a favor and read it.
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