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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Random House Publishing Group | November 1, 1986 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"

With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.

It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future-and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.

With a heartwarming account of Dickens' first reading of the Carol, and a biographical sketch.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 112 pages, 6.87 × 4.18 × 0.31 in

Published: November 1, 1986

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553212443

ISBN - 13: 9780553212440

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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 112 pages, 6.87 × 4.18 × 0.31 in

Published: November 1, 1986

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553212443

ISBN - 13: 9780553212440

About the Book

First published in 1843, Charles Dickens' classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cold and embittered heart is warmed by the joys and rewards of love, is the ideal holiday read.

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MARLEY was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge''s name was good upon ''Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Mind! I don''t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country''s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don''t know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain. The mention of Marley''s funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet''s Father died befor
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From the Publisher

Merry Christmas, everyone!

"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"

With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.

It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future-and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.

With a heartwarming account of Dickens' first reading of the Carol, and a biographical sketch.

From the Jacket

Merry Christmas, everyone!
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens''s A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.
It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future -- and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.
With a heartwarming account of Dickens''s first reading of the Carol, and a biographical sketch.

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7, 1812. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity. At age eleven, Dickens was taken out of school and sent to work in London backing warehouse, where his job was to paste labels on bottles for six shillings a week. His father John Dickens, was a warmhearted but improvident man. When he was condemned the Marshela Prison for unpaid debts, he unwisely agreed that Charles should stay in lodgings and continue working while the rest of the family joined him in jail. This three-month separation caused Charles much pain; his experiences as a child alone in a huge city–cold, isolated with barely enough to eat–haunted him for the rest of his life. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to school, after which he became an office boy, a freelance reporter and finally an author. With Pickwick Papers (1836-7) he achieved immediate fame; in a few years he was easily the post popular and respected writer of his time. It has been estimated that one out of every ten persons in Victorian England was a Dickens reader. Oliver Twist (1837), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-9) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) were huge successes. Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4) was less so, but Dickens followed it with his unforgettable, A Christmas Carol (1843), Bleak House (1852-3), Hard Times (1854) and Little Dorrit (1855-7) reveal his deepening concern for t
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From Our Editors

First published in 1843, Charles Dickens' classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cold and embittered heart is warmed by the joys and rewards of love, is as synonymous to Christmas as department store sales. A Christmas Carol is the story of his transformation, spurred by the ghosts who like to take him to his past, present and future in effective stabs at changing his penny-pinching ways. In so doing, the out-of-luck Bob Cratchet can bring his son, "Tiny" Tim, health and happiness for the holidays.
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