Embittered by life, Ebenezer Scrooge finds refuge in lonely isolation from society and from his past. Yet his well-patterned life is shattered in a single night of nostalgia, regret, and grim foreboding. A Christmas classic, Charles Dickens' hopeful tale of innocence and rebirth continues to inspire readers the world over. This new edition features an original foreword by Ashley Carlson, PhD. Dr. Carlson is currently on faculty at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches English composition and literature. Additional titles by this publisher may be found at www.finisterrabooks.com.
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.