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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870.
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.

John Leech (1817-1864), the English magazine caricaturist, was a Londoner of Irish descent. From 1841 he contributed hundreds of sketches of middle-class life and political cartoons to the influential illustrated magazines Punch, the Illustrated London News, and Once a Week. His colorful, spirited illustrations for the original publication of A Christmas Carol helped popularize this story with both children and adults.


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870.
A Christmas Carol; ill. by Arthur Rackham. London: W. Heinemann; Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1915.

Arthur Rackham has been called the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period. He is best-known for his delicate watercolors for children's stories. Rackham's illustrations combine fantasy creatures with realistic detail.


A Christmas Carol

C. Z. Barnett.
A Christmas Carol, or, The Miser's Warning: A Drama in 2 Acts adapted from Charles Dickens' story by C. Z. Barnett; wood engravings by E. N. Ellis. Mission, B. C.: Barbarian Press, 1984.

Produced on the stage less than two months after the novel first appeared, Barnett's was one of several adaptations presented in London that season, only one of which was authorized by Dickens. This version was more melodramatic and more vulgar than the original. It was meant for a popular, not a literary audience.

The illustrator Edwina Ellis is an Australian wood-engraver and the designer of the new pound coin series for the government of Great Britain.


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870.
A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas; with pen drawings by Charles Dunn. Washington: Judd and Detweiler, 1933.

An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial favorite. Dunn's drawings take a traditional approach to the classic story.


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870.
A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas; with illustrations by Ida Applebroog. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1993.

The artist Ida Applebroog (1929- ) has achieved wide-spread recognition for her appropriated images in paintings, drawings, and prints. She pays homage to earlier illustrators of this classic while making familiar depictions of Scrooge, the ghosts, and Tiny Tim into new works of art in her own style.


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