Dimensions: 2 × 7 × 5 in
Published: September 1, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1849310807
ISBN - 13: 9781849310802
From the Publisher
A Christmas Carol is a fairly straightforward allegory in which each of the main passages has a fixed symbolic meaning. The three middle chapters, or staves, concern visitations to the central character, Scooge, by spirit-guides, along with each of their tales: the Ghost of Christmas Past represents memory; the Ghost of Christmas Present represents charity, empathy, and the Christmas spirit; and the reaper-like Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come represents the fear of death. Scrooge, with his now infamous ‘Bah Humbug’ attitude, embodies the opposite of all that we feel Christmas spirit should be - greed, selfishness, indifference, and a lack of consideration for one's fellow man. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens hopes to illustrate how self-serving, insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, and socially conscious members of society. Warmth, generosity, and overall goodwill, overcome Scrooge's bitter apathy as he encounters and learns from his memory, the ability to empathize, and his fear of death.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and before he started writing he found employment making boot polish at the age of 12. Having worked in a lawyer's office and teaching himself shorthand he became a proficient reporter of the parliamentary debates in the House of Commons. His first published book was Sketches by Boz in 1836, even though these had been produced in various periodicals. His first real book was The Pickwick Papers which was issued in monthly parts. With Pickwick being so well recived, Dickens became a full time novelist. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire and keen observation of character and society. His novels, mostly published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for the release of novels. A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 and has since become one of his most well loved and known works. On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, on 9 June he died. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner", he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.