Cover of: A Christmas Carol | Nancy Holder


  • Illustrator
    Quentin Blake
  • Designer
    Bernard Higton

About the Book

An allegorical novella descibing the rehabilitation of bitter, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge. The reader is witness to his transformation as Scrooge is shown the error of his ways by the ghost of former partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. The first of the Christmas books (Dickens released one a year from 1843–1847) it became an instant hit.

About the Edition

A Christmas Carol, the timeless classic by Charles Dickens, is an essential part of a traditional celebration of Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge, the old miser who considers Christmas to be “humbug,” learns through a series of ghostly visitations the true value of charity, good humor and love for his fellow man. The spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, each with a terrifying message, point the way toward the old miser’s salvation.

Set in Victorian London that Dickens knew so well, the story is full of wonderful characters: Bob Cratchit, the impoverished clerk; the wretched Tiny Tim, whose plight moves readers to tears; the grizzly ghost of Jacob Marley dragging his chain of money boxes behind him “like a tail”; and a whole host of incidental players.

The acclaimed illustrator, Quentin Blake, has applied his sharp wit and sparkling imagination to depicting these memorable characters rich and poor, real and ghostly, and the freezing, foggy London streets with dimly-lit shop windows displaying Christmas fare. This fresh interpretation of the great work will appeal to young and old alike and reconfirms Dickens as a master storyteller.

Table of Contents

Forward 7
Stave 1 Marley's Ghost 9
Stave 2 The First of the Three Spirits 41
Stave 3 The Second of the Three Spirits 69
Stave 4 The Last of the Spirits 109
Stave 5 The End of It 133

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
1995, Edition copyright Pavilion Books, UK; 1995, illustrations copyright Quentin Blake


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PZ7.D55 Cew 1995

The Physical Object

144 p. :
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