- Author: Charles Dickens
- Paperback: 125 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141330856
- ISBN-13: 978-0141324524
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
- Item Weight: 3.7 ounces
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Since it was first published in 1843 A Christmas Carol has had an enduring influence on the way we think about the traditions of Christmas. Dickens's story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, has been adapted into countless film and stage versions since it was first published.
As theologian and storyteller John Shea wrotes about the book:
"A Christmas Carol is a classic precisely because it cannot be confined to a wintry Christmas Eve and Morn in nineteenth century England," Shea writes, "and it cannot be completely tamed by familiarity. The story may be old and often told, but it is not toothless. 'Beware' should be stamped in red letters on the cover of this book.... Scrooge awakens in us a vague uneasiness, a need to scrutinize our choices to see where they have led us. We might have cut ourselves off from something essential. We may be missing the fullness of what is available."