Dickens at Christmas (Vintage Christmas)
Good books for the festive season-- as necessary as plum pudding, silver bells and Christmas cheer.It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill.This beautifully produced Vintage Classics edition gathers together not only Dickens' "Christmas Books" ('A Christmas Carol', 'The Chimes', 'The Battle of Life', 'The Cricket on the Hearth' and 'The Haunted Man') but also stories that Dickens wrote for the special seasonal editions of his periodicals "All the Year Round" and "Household Words," and a festive tale from "The Pickwick Papers."A must-have for Christmas, this edition should be as necessary to your festivities as holly, mistletoe and silver bells. "
"Dickens made Christmas a festival of generosity and moved it away from the unpopular religious festival it had been." --"Irish Times""
CHARLES DICKENS was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport in Portsmouth. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office who often ended up in financial trouble. When Dickens was twelve years' old he was sent to work in a shoe polish factory because his father had been imprisoned for debt.In 1833 he began to publish short stories and essays in newspapers and magazines. "The Pickwick Papers," his first commercial success, was published in 1836, the same year that he married Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of "Oliver Twist" began in 1837 while "The Pickwick Papers" was still running. Many other novels followed and Dickens became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He also set up and edited the journals "Household Words" (1850-9) and A"ll the Year Round" (1859-70). Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870 leaving his last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.