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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407057798
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Christmas Stories

with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd


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With an exclusive introduction by Peter Ackroyd, these out of print editions are brought back to life with a fresh and timeless new look.

After the success of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' name became so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a young girl in London asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?" But A Christmas Carol is just the most famous of his Christmas stories, and those contained here in this unforgettable collection - The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain - show Dickens at his heartwarming best.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407057798
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Praise for The Christmas Stories

“Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature”

Sunday Express

“Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens”

The Times

“My all-time favourite author is Charles Dickens”

Lesley Pearse

“There's only one Charles Dickens”

Nick Hornby

“I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet”

Donna Tartt

“He's a marvellous writer ... He's very, very good”

William Trevor

“I love all of Dickens”

Jo Brand


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