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A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire

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Published in its entirety for the first time since 1852, this shining collection of Christmas tales was originally selected by Charles Dickens for his periodical Household Words. Each story varies in theme and tone, with scenes of romance, theft, justice, and heart-warming family reunions set alongside haunting tales and chilling ghost stories, while topics addressed range ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Hesperus Press (first published 1852)
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Judy
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
It's interesting to read Dickens' Christmas stories in their original context, as part of the special editions of his two magazines, 'Household Words' and, later, 'All the Year Round'. However, although it's good to read all the stories in these special editions, I did think that, in this collection, one of Dickens' own two stories, 'The Poor Relation's Story', and a famous Elizabeth Gaskell tale, 'The Old Nurse's Story', were far above the standard of any of the other contributions. Some of the ...more
Amanda Smith
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved many of these stories. One story that I particularly loved was the one about the stolen money and the two bankers.
Kai Coates
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-bingo
In this collection, Dickens used the framework of a varied group gathered around the fire and each taking a turn to narrate a story. Working for his magazine at the time, Dickens solicited contributions from several authors. The result is a mixed bag. The standout is Elizabeth Gaskell's "The Old Nurse's Story" - a lovely little ghost story that is also the most developed in the book. Reverend James Whites' "The Grandfathers Story" and William Moy Thomas' "Somebody's Story" were also of good qual ...more
Farah
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
i don't wanna be critical , just trying to be honest the stories u cant get into it
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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