The celebration 'A Christmas Carol' in some part of the media has remained an unvarying Yuletide tradition for many decades. A firm Christmas favourite since its first publication in 1843, Dickens' tale of an old embittered miser, whose Christmas epiphany turns him from greed and loneliness to largesse and love, still rings true after 150 years. At one level the tale is a personal story of one man's spiritual journey, but the book has been seen by some as another example of Dickens' damning indictment of Victorian London, where money and material gain were paramount, and the destitute condemned to the cold comfort of the Work House.
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.