A Christmas Carol
Written and published in 1843, the year after Dickens had traveled through the United States, A Christmas Carol has proved to be one of Dickens' most popular and well read works. Although Dickens wrote it originally with the hope of paying outstanding bills, the book—self printed with an expensive binding—did not bring in as much money as he had hoped, and he was forced to move his family to Genoa. There, in the hot Italian summer, Dickens penned his second Christmas story, "The Chimes".
Today few readers need introduction to this great Christmas classic of Ebenezer Scrooge, his dastardly treatment of his employee and family, and his "ba-humbug" attitude towards Christmas—all changed by a nightmarish sleep of visions past, present, and future.
This new edition, printed with the John Leech illustrations, again revels why this work is so appealing.