A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. Since it was first published in 1843Â A Christmas CarolÂ has had an enduring influence on the way we think about the traditions of Christmas. One of Dicken's most enduring and memorable characters, Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser, penny-pinching with no care for his own happiness or those of any others. Then, one Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts: the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. As they turn the clock back on Scrooge's own life, it's tragedies and misdemeanours, and reveal the shadow of the life that is yet to come, they reveal to him the true meaning of Christmas. Adapted into countless film and stage versions since it was first published,Â A Christmas CarolÂ is the quintessential Christmas story, a timeless tale of generosity, forgiveness and friendship. Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. View other titles inÂ Penguin's Clothbound Classics Collection. Credited by some with inventing the detective novel and one of the most popular novelists of his dayÂ Charles DickensÂ remains one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, includingÂ Oliver Twist,Â Great Expectations,Â A Tale of Two Cities,Â David CopperfieldÂ andÂ The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. After reading Christmas Carol, the notoriously reculsive Thomas Carlyle was "seized with a perfect convulsion of hospitality" and threw not one but two Christmas dinner parties. The impact of the story may not always have been so dramatic but, along with Dickens other Christmas writings, it has had a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and about the season as a time for celebration, charity, and memory.