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A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire
by Charles Dickens, D.J. Taylor , Melisa Klimaszewski , William Moy Thomas, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edmund Ollier, Edmund Saul Dixon, Harriet Martineau , more…Samuel Sidney, Eliza Griffiths …less
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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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
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
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 ...moreMore about Charles Dickens...