By Charles Dickens
'What used to be merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What reliable had it ever performed to him?'Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, yet a ghostly customer foretells 3 apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen middle. A Christmas Carol has gripped the general public mind's eye because it used to be first released in 1843, and it truly is now as a lot part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This variation reprints the tale along Dickens's 4 different Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket at the fireplace, The conflict of lifestyles, and The Haunted guy. All 5 tales express Dickens at his unpredictable top, jumbling jointly comedy and melodrama, genial romance and pressing social satire, in pursuit of his goal 'to wake up a few loving and forbearing concepts, by no means out of season in a Christian land'.
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This is the edition which represents his ﬁnal published intentions for the Christmas Books, and it forms the basis of the text printed here. Printer’s errors have been silently corrected, although no attempt has been made to update standard nineteenth-century forms of spelling and punctuation that appear consistently in the original texts; the running headlines have not been reproduced. The manuscripts of A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Battle of Life are in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; a facsimile edition of A Christmas Carol was published by the Folio Press in , and another by the Pierpont Morgan Library in .
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The title page and four of the illustrations by John Leech (reproduced below on pp. , , , and ) were expensively but crudely hand coloured, which was intended to make the edition look luxurious while keeping the price down to an aﬀordable ﬁve shillings. Dickens professed himself to be satisﬁed with the results, but he did not repeat the experiment in the later Christmas Books, which included black and white illustrations (of variable size and quality) by a range of Victorian artists, including Daniel Maclise, Clarkson Stanﬁeld, Richard Doyle, and John Tenniel.
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