By Charles Dickens

'What used to be merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What solid had it ever performed to him?'Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, yet a ghostly customer foretells 3 apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen middle. A Christmas Carol has gripped the general public mind's eye because it was once first released in 1843, and it's now as a lot part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This variation reprints the tale along Dickens's 4 different Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket at the fireplace, The conflict of existence, and The Haunted guy. All 5 tales express Dickens at his unpredictable top, jumbling jointly comedy and melodrama, genial romance and pressing social satire, in pursuit of his goal 'to wake up a few loving and forbearing recommendations, by no means out of season in a Christian land'.

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Countries Visited by HMS Beagle; Harriet Martineau, Deerbrook Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert. Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand to Queen Victoria by Treaty of Waitangi. Rowland Hill introduces penny postage. Fanny Burney dies. Peel PM. Hong Kong and New Zealand proclaimed British. Punch founded. W. H. Ainsworth, Old St Paul’s; Browning, Pippa Passes; Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History; R. W. Emerson, Essays. Dion Boucicault’s London Assurance acted End of wars with China and Afghanistan.

Stephen Gill. —— Our Mutual Friend, ed. Michael Cotsell. —— The Pickwick Papers, ed. James Kinsley. —— A Tale of Two Cities, ed. Andrew Sanders. E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales, trans. Ritchie Robertson. Andrew Sanders, Charles Dickens (Authors in Context). A CHRONOLOGY OF CHARLES DICKENS Dickens’s major fictions are indicated by bold type. Life  ( June) John Dickens, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, marries Elizabeth Barrow. ) Frances Dickens (‘Fanny’) born. ) Charles Dickens born at Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsea (now  Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth).

William Cobbett, Rural Rides; Sir Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology (completed ); Alfred Tennyson, Poems, Chiefly Lyrical Chronology Life  Composes poem ‘The Bill of Fare’; starts work as reporter for The Mirror of Parliament.  Becomes Parliamentary reporter on the True Sun.  Concludes relationship with Maria Beadnell; first story, ‘A Dinner at Poplar Walk’ (later called ‘Mr Minns and his Cousin’) published in Monthly Magazine. ) moves to Furnival’s Inn, Holborn. May) Engaged to Catherine Hogarth (‘Kate’); publishes stories, sketches, and scenes in Monthly Magazine, Evening Chronicle, and Bell’s Life in London.

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