A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens’ – and indeed Britain’s – most cherished works. It was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.

As the author wrote in the Preface, his only desire was “to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it”.

172 years later, A Christmas Carol has remained an important part of the holiday season around the globe.

Read more at David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page.

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First edition frontispiece and title page