In this Christmas classic, Dickens's most famous character, Ebenezer Scrooge, learns the meaning of friendship after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. Many don't realize that this 1843 masterpiece is largely responsible for many of the Christmas customs we know today, including feasts, caroling, and family revelry.
With striking illustrations and extended captions unique to The Whole Story, A Christmas Carol provides background information that modern readers could otherwise access only through a broad range of supplemental research--from depictions of daily home life in Victorian England to its examination of the problems of the urban poor at the height of the Industrial Revolution. This distinctive approach places A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, within the context of its era, bringing it vividly to life.
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.