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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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Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's greatest novelists. Born into a poor family (his father was once imprisoned for debt) Dickens became both rich and famous in his lifetime.
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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, 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.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME 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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Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Griffin Garcon on December 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Before us is a treasure of world literature. Brilliant British writer Dickens with his talent, created a beautiful and amazing world of good. In this is world everyone can come. And each traveler will be provided with comfort and understanding. Christmas tales Dickens teach good things and inspire hope that through the love of this world will be transformed. His characters are vivid and memorable. Especially among the characters of the writer highlights the greedy Scrooge. When the reader first meets him, Scrooge appears like incorrigible miser. But God gives him a chance to hear his soul and understand that money for can't buy happiness. True happiness is love each other and the ability to support and help. Thank Dickens for his works! I wish everybody Merry Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Trotter on March 22, 2014
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You get A Christmas Carol and then some. Great presentation and package altogether. And to have the authentic unabridged text--that's the version to read. Dickens deserved this morality tale to endure. Terrific Christmas story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on March 11, 2013
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I love A Christmas Carol, and collect all versions of the book. This was a lovely copy, and it has very nice illustrations. A very beautiful book!
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The Everyman's Library series contains the most beautifully crafted modern books I have ever seen: cloth cases with a fully sewn cloth binding on acid free paper. Built to last for several lifetimes. Their selection of true masterpieces includes all 15 of Charles Dickens' novels as well as this collection of Christmas stories. "A Christmas Carol" is such a rich tale, enjoy it on your bookshelf forever with this printing.
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By frogpatty on December 7, 2013
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Do not order the Kindle version of "A Christmas Carol and other Christmas Books." I have downloaded hundreds of books to my Kindle, and this is the first one that did not translate well to an e-book medium. The print is too small to read, and the font-size adjustment does not work on this particular book, which seemed to be scanned and not formatted specifically for Kindle. I found a hardcover "Christmas Carol" in the library and would recommend purchasing Dickens the old-fashioned way.
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