Synopses & Reviews
Everyone knows the story of Scrooge and the three spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve, to remind the old miser of what he once was and could be. Everyone knows about Bob Cratchit and poor Tiny Tim, about 'Bah humbug!' and 'God bless us, everyone'.
But do you remember the ghoulish clanking chain that terrifies Scrooge in his lonely rooms in the dark night? The terrible regrets of Jacob Marley? The fun of Fezziwig's ball or the family cheer at the Cratchit's Christmas dinner? Do you remember that the Ghost of Christmas Present is a stern giant in green, or the foreboding dark presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come?
Forget the adaptations, read the original story for a dose of Dickens' genius and wild energy, and for the ending, which is sheer and unashamed joy.
About the Author
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 sent to work in a shoe polish factory because his family were 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 in America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.