Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas Carol (1843)

A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens, was first published in 1843 and was illustrated by John Leech. The story met with instant success, selling six thousand copies during the first week. Originally written as a potboiler to enable Dickens to pay off a debt, the tale has become one of the most popular and enduring stories of all time.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of Christmas, and since the blessed day is rapidly closing upon us, let’s take a fond look back at four illustrations from the original publication by famed caricaturist John Leech. The four plates show Marley’s Ghost, Fezziwig’s Ball, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

Happy Holidays!

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