For more than a Century, Charles Dickens's classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim has been a holiday favorite. When the miserly Scrooge retires for the day on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his long-dead partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of what surely will be if he doesn't change his stingy ways. Highlighting the virtues of Christian love, hope, and generosity, A Christmas Carol is a 19th-century story that extols timeless lessons for today.
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.