A Christmas Carol (Special Edition)

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written as a potboiler to enable Dickens to pay off a debt, the tale has become one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time. In fact, contemporaries noted that the story's popularity played a critical role in redefining the importance of Christmas and the major sentiments associated with the holiday. Few modern readers realize that A Christmas Carol was written during a time of decline in the old Christmas traditions.
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written as a potboiler to enable Dickens to pay off a debt, the tale has become one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time. In fact, contemporaries noted that the story's popularity played a critical role in redefining the importance of Christmas and the major sentiments associated with the holiday. Few modern readers realize that A Christmas Carol was written during a time of decline in the old Christmas traditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483905525
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    This is a great book and I would recommend it for all readers.

    Do you celebrate Christmas? Well if you don't your on the same level as Scrooge the main character of A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens created a true masterpiece when he wrote A Christmas Carol, telling a story of a man who had to decide what is right to change his future. This fictitious story really gets the gears in your head turning. Scrooge is a very mean man in 1800s London. His business partner, Marley, dies at the very beginning of the story and later visits scrooge as a ghost. He tells Scrooge he will be visited by three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They take him through different parts of his life. All three have different personalities. Charles Dickens gives great details of the characters without telling you directly. Throughout the whole story Charles dickens keeps you wanting more of the story line and makes sense with the book. Overall it's a great book with sophisticated words, and I would recommend this book for all readers.

    34 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    To idk

    Enhanced means : Intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value or extent of.

    So by an enhanced book they probably mean that it has error-text, no huge spaces between paragraphs. Stuff like that. It just means that they fixed it up so that you can enjoy it more.

    By the way, this is an amazing book. You should get it.

    Hope that i was of assistance to you.

    27 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A Classic...

    I read this book every year around the holidays and really enjoy it every time. I have seen many versions of the story such as Scrooge and a Christmas Carol in movies but nothing beats the book.

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Enjoyable!

    It was a nice holiday story to finish out Christmas season. What was really nice was being able to listen to the audio and hear the story behind the story.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    love it

    I love the story Christmas Carol and have it in every media you can get by everyone you can think of from the muppets to albert finney, but had never read the book so when I got my NOOK tablet for Christmas and so this I said it time to read the book or at least listen and I did both and it is still the most wonderful story at Christmas.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Christmas carol

    Best christmas book ever its a great classic book

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND! YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    I love this book and the style of writing (Charles Dickens did, after all, write this in the 19th century) Eerie...and I was surprised by the way it really made me feel chills! But this book isn't just about the ghosts, it has a great moral of the story with a nice ending!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    audiobook is not nook compatible

    The audiobook mentioned was a selling point for me. It isn't a file, but a text internet address on the very last page of the ebook that the nook does not recognize as a hyperlink. Apparently this guy Sam Ngo went and found the free ebook with illustrations and also found a free audiobook file on an archive website somewhere and wrote out the file's internet address on the last page of the book and epub'd it. You would have to look up the file online from your computer, download the audiobook and physically hook up your nook to transfer the file from your computer to your nook. So why pay this guy 1.99? Just go out and find the free files yourself. Probably deleting this. Oh and you have to laugh when the guy says "money back guaranteed... just email us" and then he doesn't give you and email address.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    I liked this a lot!

    I liked this a lot, especially the reading by his grandaughter.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Great Book

    Good classic read for the holidays. Love the linked chapter contexts in the front of the book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    An excellent Classic!!!

    Just in time for the Christmas Holiday. We really enjoyed it!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    A great way to enjoy a classic

    Really enjoyed this enchanced version, added more insight about the author. Enjoyed this classic book very much!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    A true classic

    Great for everyone

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I give the book 3 starts because the story alone merits 5.  The

    I give the book 3 starts because the story alone merits 5.  The two stars I took away are because, while the book may be leather-bound, it is soft cover.  Nothing in the description had alerted me to this.  I have built up a decent collection of B&N Leatherbound classics and this is the first time I have been displeased with the quality of one of the books.

    I would still recommend buying it, but know that this is not like most of the other leatherbound classics.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome

    First off, pizza and pokemon??? SERSOULY!!!!!!!!! This is for THE CHRISTMAS CAROL !!!!! NOT pizza or pokemon!!!!!!! SECOND OFF, I love the CHRISTMAS CAROL!!!!!!

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    OMG!!! This book is so soooo awesome!

    Don't no Y some children think its boring with long sentences and hard words lol MayB they R like in Preschool or someplace .This is Gr8 story .

    Ps If you cant read this then go check out the Muppet versionon DVD lol gtg

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Grow up, you stupid children.

    This is a forum for reviewing books, not playing your immature kitty cat roll playing games.
    A Christmas Carol is one of the greatest works of literature ever written. If any of you are able to read beyond a second grade level, I highly suggest you read it. You might actually learn something.
    Otherwise, take your Cat Chow wannabe crap elsewhere. Those of us who actually read books are sick and tired of you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    ¿Bah! Humbug!¿ Set in Victorian England, this classic Christmas

    “Bah! Humbug!” Set in Victorian England, this classic Christmas tale of reclamation and redemption by Charles Dickens features Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter, greedy old miser, who is visited by the specter of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Dickens skillfully weaves the story of Scrooge’s life through the visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and in the end we all learn that the true meaning of Christmas is love, joy, and brotherhood for our fellow man. Dickens is a masterful storyteller, and Christmas Carol is a masterful tale well worth the read.
    Rebecca E.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Terrible, nothing like the movie.

    Terrible, nothing like the movie.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    You only THINK you know this story!

    For as often as I've seen the movies, I've never read the book and decided that this was the time to change that. A quick read, I only 200 pages on my Nook, but I was enthrall end with each word and quite surprised by how funny it was! Dickens isn't exactly famous for his sense of humor but the warmth, compassion and empathy that you really only see all in a rush at the end of te movie, has a chance to build slowly but surely in the book. Do yourself a favor - pick this one up and read it. I'm sure I'll read it again every Christmas season.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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