A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

A Christmas carol was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a ...

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

A Christmas carol was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was both strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions and an initiation of new practices such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens's sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the the christmas carol, telling the tale of Scrooge you will find out what is this christmas carol about.

In the middle 19th century, a nostalgic interest in pre-Cromwell Christmas traditions swept Victorian England following the publications of Davies Gilbert's Some Ancient Christmas Carols (1822), William B. Sandys's Selection of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern (1833), and Thomas K. Hervey's The Book of Christmas (1837). That interest was further stimulated by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's German-born husband, who popularized the German Christmas tree in Britain after their marriage in 1841, the first Christmas card in 1843, and a revival in carol singing.[6][7] Hervey's study of Christmas customs attributed their passing to regrettable social change and the urbanization of England.

Dickens' Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England, but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death. Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge's cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth.

A Christmas Carol was published 27 years before the author's death. When Dickens died on June 9, 1870, his obituary in The New York Times said "He was incomparably the greatest novelist of his time."

Dickens divides the book into five chapters, which he labels "staves", that is, song stanzas or verses, in keeping with the title of the book. He uses a similar device in his next two Christmas books, titling the four divisions of The Chimes, "quarters", after the quarter-hour tolling of clock chimes, and naming the parts of The Cricket on the Hearth "chirps".

The tale begins on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve exactly seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave as "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity or benevolence. He hates Christmas, calling it "humbug", refuses his nephew Fred's dinner invitation, and rudely turns away two gentlemen who seek a donation from him to provide a Christmas dinner for the Poor. His only "Christmas gift" is allowing his overworked, underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off with pay - which he does only to keep with social custom, Scrooge considering it "a poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781511723961
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Dickens was not the first author to celebrate the Christmas season in literature, but it was he who superimposed his secular vision of the holiday upon the public. The forces that impelled Dickens to create a powerful, impressive, and enduring tale were the profoundly humiliating experiences of his childhood, the plight of the poor and their children during the boom decades of the 1830s and 1840s, Washington Irving's essays on Christmas published in his Sketch Book (1820) describing the traditional old English Christmas, fairy tales and nursery stories, as well as satirical essays and religious tracts.
While Dickens' humiliating childhood experiences are not directly described in A Christmas Carol, his conflicting feelings for his father as a result of those experiences are principally responsible for the dual personality of the tale's protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge. In 1824, Dickens' father was imprisoned in the Marshalsea and twelve-year-old Charles was forced to take lodgings nearby, pawn his collection of books, leave school, and accept employment in a blacking factory. The boy had a deep sense of class and intellectual superiority and was entirely uncomfortable in the presence of factory workers who referred to him as "the young gentleman". He developed nervous fits. When his father was released at the end of a three-month stint, young Dickens was forced to continue working in the factory, which only grieved and humiliated him further.

Dickens was keenly touched by the lot of poor children in the middle decades of the 19th century. Inspired by the February 1843 parliamentary report exposing the effects of the Industrial Revolution upon poor children called Second Report of the Children's Employment Commission, Dickens planned in May 1843 to publish an inexpensive political pamphlet tentatively titled, "An Appeal to the People of England, on behalf of the Poor Man's Child" but changed his mind, deferring the pamphlet's production until the end of the year.[16] He wrote to Dr. Southwood Smith, one of eighty-four commissioners responsible for the Second Report, about his change in plans: "You will certainly feel that a Sledge hammer has come down with twenty times the force - twenty thousand times the force - I could exert by following out my first idea." The pamphlet would become A Christmas Carol.

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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.

    41 out of 56 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.

    33 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    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.

    26 out of 35 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.

    14 out of 19 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.

    8 out of 13 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.

    6 out of 11 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

    6 out of 9 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!

    6 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 10 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 7 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 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!!!!!!

    4 out of 13 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 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

    4 out of 10 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 May 12, 2014

    Jurnee

    Amazing

    2 out of 3 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 4 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 3 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 14 people found this review helpful.

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