A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books
'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?'Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol ... show more
'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?'Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This edition reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim 'to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land'.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: July 15th 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
Series: Christmas Books (#1)
Many years ago when I was just a youngster who was lost in the world and knew nothing, I turned on our very small grey-colored television set that was based in our living room, and saw the character of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time in a Muppet Movie. Back then, I didn't actually understan...
Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other ...
So this contains a lot of Dickens’ not-so-well-known shorter works, published in the Christmas numbers of his publications, All The Year Round (which he amusingly refers to in “Somebody’s Luggage”) and Household Words. The first four are kind of weird (see individual notes below). Just when the stor...
The Christmas Books, while not always being set during the festive season, each exemplify some aspect of the spirit of charity and "goodwill to all men" that Dickens felt so important in the celebration of Christ's birth, and which he did so much to forge into what is now seen as "a traditional Chri...
I genuinely liked the short essays/stories better than the novellas (including "A Christmas Carol") - although all of the stories show Dickens at his best, perhaps because he was most engaged and free to write however he pleased. The tales are more fantastical than his other writings and that free ...