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A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition

Charles Dickens (Author)

With a Foreword by Colm Tóibín


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.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • November 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-60864-9
  • 6.5 × 8.6 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“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

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