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A Christmas Carol and the Gift of the Magi

A Christmas Carol and the Gift of the Magi

Illustrated

by Charles Dickens and O. Henry
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/10/2018
RRP  $19.31 $19.25

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843. It has become a Christmas classic and has been continuously in print since its first release, as well as being made into numerous plays and movies. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. It explores themes about the treatment of the poor and the ability of people to reform themselves. It is worth reading every Christmas.

"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, about a young husband and wife buying secret Christmas presents for each other. It is a wonderful Christmas story about gift-giving and sacrifice. It was initially published in 1905 in the New York Sunday World and later in the book The Four Million.

ISBN:
9781948132381
9781948132381
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-10-2018
Publisher:
Miravista Press
Country of origin:
United States
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and became the most popular novelist of the Victorian era.

A prolific writer, he published more than a dozen novels in his lifetime, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Hard Times, most of which have been adapted many times over for radio, stage and screen.

O. Henry

O. Henry (1862-1910) had a short but colourful life. Born William Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina, he initially worked as a pharmacist before moving into journalism. In 1896 he was arrested for embezzling funds while working as a bookkeeper for a bank.

In a moment of madness, he absconded on his way to the courthouse before his trial and fled to Honduras for six months. He returned to face trial after learning that his wife was dying of tuberculosis and served three years in jail. While in prison, he adopted the pen name O. Henry, and after his release he found great fame and popularity as a short story writer.

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