A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition (Hardcover)
A first-ever trade edition of the original manuscript of the beloved Christmas classic.
Every year at the holidays, the historic Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan displays one of the crown jewels of its extraordinary collection: the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, with its detailed emendations, deletions, and insertions in Dickens’s own hand. Here, for the first time in a beautiful trade edition, A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition presents a facsimile of that invaluable manuscript, along with a typeset version of the story, a fascinating introduction by the Morgan’s chief literary curator on the history of the story, and a new foreword by Colm Tóibín celebrating its timeless appeal.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more.
Colm Toibin is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman professor of the humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester.
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. . . . Impressively produced and crisply analyzed by both [Colm] Tóibín and [Declan] Kiely, [it] harbors the potential to joyfully transform a burdensome year of ‘misery to merriness.’ A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike.
— Kirkus Reviews
It is thrilling to have, for the first time available to everyone, a superbly-produced facsimile of the manuscript of A Christmas Carol, which enables us to follow every stroke of Dickens’s pen as, in a white heat of excitement, he creates his timeless Christmas masterpiece.
— MICHAEL SLATER, author of Charles Dickens
[Dickens's] handwritten pages, digitally photographed in full color for the first time. . . . Now [readers] can see more clearly how [A Christmas Carol] came to be.
— John Williams - New York Times Book Review