Dickens' Christmas: A Victorian Celebration

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Frances Lincoln, Sep 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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Christmas fascinated the great Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, and to Victorian England, Dickens was Christmas. Following the enormous success in 1843 of A Christmas Carol, Dickens wrote several other Christmas books, sketches, and short stories, and the holiday plays a part in many of his novels. Dickens' public, it seemed, couldn't get enough of his depictions of the season. This beautifully illustrated anthology contains the entire text of A Christmas Carol as well as excerpts from Dickensí other writings that vividly describe houses decked in greenery and lighted candles, mistletoe in the hall and holly wreaths on the door, and lavish, waistcoat-popping dinners. Authentic recipes for 19th-century treats like plum pudding, mince pies, and gingerbread men allow readers to pop a few buttons of their own. Packed with delightful seasonal illustrations, including many original Dickens illustrations, this lovingly compiled book celebrates the Victorian Christmas in all its warmth and charm.

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Review: Dickens' Christmas: A Victorian Celebration

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

In addition to the original text, there are wonderful illustrations and essays about the life of Dickens and the history of Christmas celebrations, all the way up to the FDR era. This was a true treat ... Read full review

Review: Dickens' Christmas: A Victorian Celebration

User Review  - Lee Anne - Goodreads

A combination of the novella "A Christmas Carol" and some background information on the history of Christmas and also Victorian Christmas celebrations. I really like Dickens' story; the background ... Read full review

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Simon Callow is a highly acclaimed actor, director and author. As well as his theatre and television work, he has made film appearances in Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View and Amadeus. His books include biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. He played London's West End and toured the UK and America with his award-winning one-man show The Mystery of Charles Dickens.

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