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• A witty modernized re-telling of the classic Christmas Carol story: Starting with “Scrooge doornail-dead,” Carol Ann Duffy’s elegantly witty take on the Dickens tale, like the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes the reader by the hand through the snowy streets of London and through the touching untold romance of one of literature’s most recognizable characters, Ebenezer Scrooge—through the eyes of his widow, Mrs. Scrooge.

• A rare, uplifting moral tale: As in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Scrooge learns from the Ghosts ...

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• A witty modernized re-telling of the classic Christmas Carol story: Starting with “Scrooge doornail-dead,” Carol Ann Duffy’s elegantly witty take on the Dickens tale, like the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes the reader by the hand through the snowy streets of London and through the touching untold romance of one of literature’s most recognizable characters, Ebenezer Scrooge—through the eyes of his widow, Mrs. Scrooge.

• A rare, uplifting moral tale: As in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Scrooge learns from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come that the gifts we give to others—including the gifts of love and time spent together—are the most important and memorable. A charming moral for the holiday season, transposed to the present day and spiced with Duffy’s wry references to our struggling economy—conditions that make anyone feel scrooge-like.

• Fresh original work with beautiful illustrations: Mrs. Scrooge combines the melodious language and accessible, cheeky wit of one of the UK’s most popular living poets with endearing full-color drawings by beloved illustrator Beth Adams. A natural successor to the poetry book The World’s Wife that put Carol Ann Duffy on the map ten years ago, this highly giftable book is a gorgeous package for her poem with illustrations enlivening the text.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781439176337
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL ANN DUFFY is a poet, playwright, and freelance writer, and was made Britain's poet laureate in May 2009. She is the author of numerous volumes of poems, including Standing Female Nude, Feminine Gospels, Rapture, and Answering Back. She won the TS Eliot prize in 2005 (for Rapture), as well as the Dylan Thomas award, the Whitbread poetry prize, the Somerset Maugham award and the Forward prize. Duffy is a Professor of Contemporary Poetry as well as the Director of Creative Writing at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She lives in England.

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Scrooge doornail-dead, his widow, Mrs. Scrooge, lived by herself in London Town. It was that time of year, the clocks long back,
when shops were window-dressed with unsold tinsel, trinkets, toys,
trivial pursuits, with sequinned dresses and designer suits, with chocolates, glacé fruits and marzipan, with Barbie, Action Man, with bubblebath and aftershave and shower gel;
the words Noel and Season's Greetings brightly mute in neon lights. The city bells had only just chimed three, but it was dusk already. It had not been light all day. Copyright © 2009 by Carol Ann Duffy
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