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The Annotated Christmas Carol

By: Dickens


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Charles Dickens’ legendary ghost story is as much a part of the season as plum pudding and misteltoe, and Micheal Patrick Hearn, the celebrated annotator of The Wizard of Oz and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has prepared a sumptuous new edition of the holiday classic. This latest contribution to the popular Norton Anthology Series delves into the engrossing history of the book’s evolution and its initial publication just in time for Christmas 1843.

Hearn’s illuminating introduction tells “the story behind the story” of Dickens’ classic work- how he wrote A Christmas Carol at a feverish pace in just six weeks, how he hired the illustrator John Leech and published the book at his own expense with disastrous results, and how the public immediately embraced this “ghost story of Christmas” in both England and the United States. As Hearn notes, “Should all of Charles Dickens’ marvelous creations from The Pickwick Papers to The Mystery of Edwin Drood be suddenly threatened with extinction, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge would surely survive.” for it has become a part of Christmas folklore. By the time of Dickens’ death in 1870, his Christmas tale had already secured so sure a place in the mythology of the holiday that a story circulated about a little costermonger’s girl in Drury Lan who, on hearing the sad news, asked, “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?” As Hearn points out, few modern readers realize that A Christmas Carol was written during a decline of old Christmas traditions, and Dickens’ book, in fact, helped revive the holiday.

The Annotated Christmas Carol is the first edition to combine the original story with Dickens’ Public Reading text, published to coincide iwht his 1867-68 American tour, which has not been available in nearly a century. Also included are all the original illustrations by John Leech, his lively wood engravings and beautiful four-color reproductions of the original hand-colored etchings. Leech’s illustrations are supplemented by other contemporary pictures by George Cruikshand, Robert Seymour, Gustave Dore, John Tenniel, Sol Eytinge Jr. and H.K. (“Phiz”) Browne. Other images in this book include rare photographs, drawings, engravings, lithographs and other illustrations relating to Dickens and his Christmas story, and complement the engaging notes, which cover all the literary, historical and autobiographical aspects of the story.

Without question, The Annotated Christmas Carol is the most authoritative and entertaining editions of Dickens’ classic ever produced.

Publisher:W. W. Norton and Company
About the Author:Over nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens has demonstated that he is the most enduring and popular of all nineteenth-century novelists. Just a few of his many books are Oliver Twist, David Copperfeild, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.
Product Dimensions:10.25 x 9 x 1.127 inches
Editor:Michael Patrick Hearn
Publication Date:2004