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"A Christmas Carol] seems to be a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it a personal kindness."--William Makepeace Thackeray --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts, is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of Christmas.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition also includes two other popular Christmas stories by Dickens: "The Chimes, in which a man, persuaded by hypocritical cant that the poor deserve their misery, is shown what his pessimistic resignation might lead to in a vision conjured by the pealing of bells, and "The Haunted Man, Dickens's last Christmas tale, which features one of his great comic families, the Tetterbys. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This collection consists of the Charles Dickens' Christmas Books, all written in the 1840s

A Christmas Carol (1843). Everyone knows the story of how Ebenezer Scrooge the miser got the Christams message from his late partner and the three ghosts.

The Chimes (1844). Porter Trotty Veck has no hope for the future on New Year's Eve until he hears the spirits of the chimes.

The Cricket on the Hearth (1845). John is much older than his wife Dot, but their marriage appears to be over when he finds evidence that makes him believe she cuckold him. John talks with the spirit of the Cricket on the Hearth whose chirping Dot says means good luck.

The Battle of Life (1846). Doctor Jeddler is a cynic, but his daughters' sacrifices for loved ones make him reconsider his scorn.

The Haunted Man and the Ghost (1848). Chemistry Professor Redlaw is tormented by his past until a ghostly twin arrives on Christmas Eve to make him forget his past; afterward any one who meets the professor also forgets their distress as he does with the Swidger and Tetterby families until Milly Swidger reverses the spell because of her goodness that comes out of a lost child

The reprint of Charles Dickens early Victorian Christmas stories will prove a delight for fans of the most famous entry, A Christmas Carol. The Cricket on the Hearth and The Haunted Man and the Ghost are somewhat similar in lessons learned to that of A Christmas Carol though with their own inspiring twists while The Chimes uses a spiritual adviser but spins quite differently. However, the most diverse is The Battle of Life, which has a rushed ending and no paranormal guru as it feels more like O'Henry's The Gift of the Magi. This is a holiday winner as all five tales showcase the works of one of the greats of literature.

Harriet Klausner
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There are many different editions of the well-known and loved Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" available. Since the story is familiar to most people, this review is intended to describe the merits of this particular edition of A Christmas Carol, compared to other editions available.

If you simply want to read A Christmas Carol, do not necessarily have any plan to keep it, and you want a low cost copy of it, then this is probably not the version you will want to purchase. This particular edition is expensive compared with many available (but it is very reasonably priced for what it is). It is hardcover, with high quality printing, acid free paper, cloth bindings, a silk ribbon marker, all features of good quality books. It is quite simply a beautiful book whether or not you leave the dust jacket on, or remove it.

Also, this edition includes, in addition to A Christmas Carol, four more of Dicken's Christmas tales: The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; and The Haunted Man, and incorporates a number of the classic illustrations done by Arthur Rackham.

It also includes an introduction, written for this edition by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale); a bibliography of other Dickens works; and a chronology listing significant events in the author's life along with corresponding literary context and historical events.

I purchased this particular book for my own library, intending for it to be for my family and to pass on to future generations. If you want a top quality edition of A Christmas Carol, this is the one to get, in my opinion!
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is the greatest English Victorian authors. His immortal lives will live as long as human eye can scan the thousands of pages he wrote so long ago! Every few years this reviewer travels to old England to revisit the unforgettable characters etched with humor, wit and pathos by Boz. The Everyman's Library has republished all of the Dickens novels and stories in sturdy hardbound yet affordable editions. In "A Christmas Carol" that 1843 classic is there for us to feast upon as well as a quartet of other fine stories. The stories are:
a. A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 by Bradbury and Evans Company. The story is the most famous secular tale in all of the vast treasure of Christmas tales. Old Scrooge is a miser who is visited by the three ghosts of past, present and future. He is redeemed by love and kindly cares for his nephew Bob and his crippled son Tiny Tim. The story is the one Dickens work everyone seems to know even if they have never read it or perused any of the other Dickens works.
b. The Chimes-In this story we see how the British poor were cast aside by greedy and pompous political hypocrites. Toby Vetch and his suffering family have revived hopes as they listen to the cheerful message of the bells.
c. The Cricket on the Hearth: It started with a teakettle and a cricket on the hearth bringing cheer and love to the humble home of John Peerybingle and his young wife. The plot concerns John's suspicion that his young wife is having an affair. The tale and secret of the old man who visits their humble abode is solved with the joys of an old time Christmas dance and party! One of Dickens' best Christmas tales!
d. Dr Jeddler and his two daughters Grace and Marian live on an ancient English battlefield.
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