OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

A Christmas Carol: and Other Christmas Stories

ISBN : 9780198822394

Price(incl.tax): 
¥2,739
Author: 
Charles Dickens; Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Pages
496 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Sep 2018
Series
Oxford World's Classics Hardbacks
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  • A single-volume edition of all Dickens's Christmas books, with a selection of 20 the original illustrations and a full critical introduction.
  • An excellent introduction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst contextualizes the Christmas stories, the social questions they set out to address, their reception and the enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol, and how their style and themes resonate in more complex ways in his major fictions.
  • Lively notes point to parallels with Dickens's other writings.
  • Two appendixes including Dickens's article, 'What Christmas Is As We Grow Older', and facsimile pages from Dickens's reading version of A Christmas Carol.

  
'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?'

Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This edition reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim 'to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land'.

Index: 

A Christmas Carol
The Chimes
The Cricket on the Hearth
The Battle of Life
The Haunted Man

About the author: 

Charles Dickens and Edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature; Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
 
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is the author of Becoming Dickens (Harvard UP, 2011), winner of the 2011 Duff Cooper Prize, and has edited editions of Dickens's Great Expectations, Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, and Kingsley's The Water-Babies for Oxford World's Classics. He writes regularly for publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, TLS, and the New Statesman.

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