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One of six beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions

First published on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic: Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in days. Its reception was so ecstatic that it is credited with helping to revive interest among the Victorians in Christmas traditions, including caroling and holiday cards, as well as inciting an unexpected wave of charitable giving from Britain's Industrial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet against exploitative capitalism before taking its current form, it has inspired dozens of theatrical and movie adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are forever inscribed in our hearts and minds.

Penguin Christmas Classics

Give the gift of literature this Christmas.

Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The six volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus created the origin story for the presiding spirit of Christmas as we know it. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

Beautifully designed hardcovers-with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization-in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.

Collect all six Penguin Christmas Classics:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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CHARLES DICKENS was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and "slave" factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his "Sketches by Boz" (1836) and "The Pickwick Papers "(1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 128
Erscheinungsdatum 06.11.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-312249-4
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 19,3/12,8/2 cm
Gewicht 213 g
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Illustrator John Leech
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
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A Christmas Carol
von Thomas Schneider aus Mannheim am 22.12.2012
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

In einer eigentümlichen Mischung aus Bericht und Plauderton beginnt Dickens die Erzählung über die Wandlung des miesgelaunten Geizhalses Ebeneezer Scrooge zu einem fröhlichen und großzügigen Menschen. Dickens schreibt im Vorwort der ursprünglich in Fortsetzungen erschienenen Geschichte, dass der beschränkte Platz ihm nur wenig Ausgestaltung im Detail ermöglicht habe. Gerade diese... In einer eigentümlichen Mischung aus Bericht und Plauderton beginnt Dickens die Erzählung über die Wandlung des miesgelaunten Geizhalses Ebeneezer Scrooge zu einem fröhlichen und großzügigen Menschen. Dickens schreibt im Vorwort der ursprünglich in Fortsetzungen erschienenen Geschichte, dass der beschränkte Platz ihm nur wenig Ausgestaltung im Detail ermöglicht habe. Gerade diese Beschränkung empfinde ich nirgendwo als störend. Im Gegenteil, sie führt an mancher Stelle (z. B. wenn Dickens die innere Kälte Scrooges und deren Effekt auf dessen Äußeres beschreibt) zu einer Knappheit des Stils, die mir so typisch für "A Christmas Carol" in Erinnerung geblieben ist. Scrooge ist eine meiner literarischen Lieblingsfiguren. Besser als er selbst ist für mich nur noch die Variante, die sich Carl Barks ausgedacht hat: Scrooge McDuck, deutschen Lesern eher bekannt unter dem Namen Dagobert Duck.

A Christmas Caroll
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 17.10.2006
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

In Englisch wie in Deutsch ist es ein Meisterwerk. Die Geschichte um den geizigen Alten Mann Ebenezer Scrooge. Ein echtes muss für Bücherwürmer.