The Cricket on the Hearth (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY) [NOOK Book]

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The novella The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home was published on December 20, 1845. Dickens began writing the book around October 17, 1845 and finished it by December 1. Like all of Dickens' Christmas books, it was published in book form, not as a serial. Dickens described the novel as "quiet and domestic [...] innocent and pretty." It is subdivided into chapters called "Chirps", similar to the "Quarters" of The Chimes or the "Staves" of A Christmas Carol. It is the third of Dickens's five Christmas ...
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The Cricket on the Hearth (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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Overview

The novella The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home was published on December 20, 1845. Dickens began writing the book around October 17, 1845 and finished it by December 1. Like all of Dickens' Christmas books, it was published in book form, not as a serial. Dickens described the novel as "quiet and domestic [...] innocent and pretty." It is subdivided into chapters called "Chirps", similar to the "Quarters" of The Chimes or the "Staves" of A Christmas Carol. It is the third of Dickens's five Christmas books, the others being A Christmas Carol (1843), The Chimes (1844), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848).

In July 1845, Dickens contemplated forming a periodical focusing on the concerns of the home called The Cricket but the plan fell through, and he transformed his idea into a Christmas book in which he abandoned social criticism, current events, and topical themes in favour of simple fantasy and a domestic setting for his hero's redemption. The book was released on December 20, 1845 (the title page read "1846") and sold briskly into the New Year. Seventeen stage productions opened during the Christmas season 1845 with one production receiving Dickens's approval and opening on the same day as the book's release. Dickens read the tale four times in public performance. It has been dramatized in numerous languages and for years was more popular on stage than "A Christmas Carol." Vladimir Lenin publicly walked out of a performance of the "Cricket" play in the Soviet Union, calling it too sentimental, but it is less explicitly Christian than some of Dickens' other Christmas books. Cricket has been criticized for its sentimentality but contemporary readers were attracted to its depiction of the Victorian ideal of the happy home.
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  • BN ID: 2940015829235
  • Publisher: Revenant
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 234 KB

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