Christmas Books

Christmas Books

Christmas Books

Christmas Books

Synopsis

These five short novels, written for Christmas 1843 to 1848, demonstrate Dickens' most characteristic writing. The volume includes A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Haunted Man, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Battle of Life.

Excerpt

The narrow space within which it was necessary to confine these Christmas Stories when they were originally published, rendered their construction a matter of some difficulty, and almost necessitated what is peculiar in their machinery. I could not attempt great elaboration of detail, in the working out of character within such limits. My chief purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land.

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