'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas!
What good had it ever done to him?' Ebenezer Scrooge is a
bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for,
but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw
Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public
imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as
much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This edition
reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books:
The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The
Haunted Man. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable
best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and
urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim 'to awaken some loving
and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land'.