Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.
A Christmas Carol & and Other Christmas Stories (Collector's Library)by Charles Dickens
When A Christmas CarolThe Chimes (1844) and The Cricket on the Hearth (1845). Each book was published at the same time of year, in the same format, and extolled similar values about the virtues of love, charity and the family unit. But none would achieve the cult status of A Christmas Carol, a book so popular it has become part of the landscape of the traditional English Christmas, or produce a character as extraordinarily memorable as Ebenezer Scrooge. Misers the world over meet their match in this most committed of miserable skinflints, but even Scrooge is not beyond being saved by the magically redemptive powers of the three spirits that visit him one night. . . .
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812, the son of a clerk and the second of eight children. He taught himself shorthand and became a reporter of parliamentary debates before starting to publish sketches in periodicals which were later republished as Sketches by Boz. With the appearance of The Pickwick Papers in 1836-7, Dickens started to assume the status of a cult writer; after this first book there followed a run of hugely popular serialized novels, including Nicholas Nickleby(1838-9), Barnaby Rudge (1841) and David Copperfield (1849-50). Dickens's last novel, Edwin Drood, was left uncompleted when he died in 1870. The public outpouring of grief at his death was indicative of the extraordinary relationship he had developed with his audience over a prolific and successful writing career.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- February 7, 1812
- Date of Death:
- June 18, 1870
- Place of Birth:
- Portsmouth, England
- Place of Death:
- Gad's Hill, Kent, England
- Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
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My mother convinced me to read a Christmas Carol, and let me tell you, there is so much stuff in the book that I have been missing out on! Don't settle for just watching movie adaptions, read the book.