Arguably the most famous Christmas novel of all, A Christmas Carol is as familiar to children as it is to adults, with its cast of macabre ghosts and the archetypal miser, Scrooge. But the book has also had a lasting effect on our ideas about the Christmas season being a time for loving and giving, and at its heart lies a penetrating Christian message. In this new edition, Archbishop Sentamu discusses the biting truths implicit in Dicken's classic tale of bitterness and redemption.
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.