London, Paul Elek Limited, 1960. 12.5 x 18.5cm. 254 pages, with illustrations from engravings. Original softcover. Fair condition with some signs of external wear. [Bestseller Library].
In these stories, written specifically for Christmas, Dickens combines his concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional seasonal lore. A Christmas Carol, the first of the selection, has become a touchstone of English festive fiction and an enduring favourite internationally. Repeatedly adapted, parodied, staged and filmed, this richly influential tale is powerfully vivid and moving. The other stories, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth, blend whimsy, sentiment, comedy, satire, the didactic and the fantastic, developing resourcefully the theme of individual and social regeneration.