"A Christmas Carol", first published in 1843, was an instant success and has become an enduring classic work, enjoyed throughout the world. Now this facsimile of Dickens' original handwritten manuscript - complete with crossings out and amendments - is available, 150 years after publication. The book reproduces the pages of manuscript with the typeset version on the opposite page, and also features reproductions of the original illustrations by John Leech - five of which are in colour. John Mortimer's introduction examines the way in which the alterations to the manuscript reveal Dickens' thoughts as he wrote - his doubts and changes of mind as he planned the perenially appealing story of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchitt and Scrooge.
In the history of English literature, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has been continuously in print since it was first published in the winter of 1843, stands out as the quintessential Christmas story. What makes this charming edition of Dickens's immortal tale so special is the collection of 80 vivid illustrations by Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Shinn, a well-known artist in his time, was a popular illustrator of newspapers and magazines whose work displayed a remarkable affinity for the stories of Charles Dickens, evoking the bustling street life of the mid-1800s. Printed on heavy, cream-colored paper stock, the edges of the pages have been left rough, simulating the way in which the story might have appeared in Dickens's own time. Though countless editions of this classic have been published over the years, this one stands out as particularly beautiful, nostalgic, and evocative of the spirit of Christmas.