Dickens and Christmas

Lucinda Hawksley

 
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526712264

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock. Available in 6-8 weeksPages : 208
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$32.95
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526780379

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-OrderPages : 208
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Overview
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Dickens and Christmas is an exploration of the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we know and love today – and of the writer who changed, forever, the ways in which it is celebrated. Charles Dickens was born in an age of great social change. He survived childhood poverty to become the most adored and influential man of his time. Throughout his life, he campaigned tirelessly for better social conditions, including by his most famous work, A Christmas Carol. He wrote this novella specifically to “strike a sledgehammer blow on behalf of the poor man’s child”, and it began the Victorians’ obsession with Christmas.

This new book, written by one of his direct descendants, explores not only Dickens’s most famous work, but also his all-too-often overlooked other Christmas novellas. It takes the readers through the seasonal short stories he wrote, for both adults and children, includes much-loved festive excerpts from his novels, uses contemporary newspaper clippings, and looks at Christmas writings by Dickens’ contemporaries. To give an even more personal insight, readers can discover how the Dickens family itself celebrated Christmas, through the eyes of Dickens’s unfinished autobiography, family letters, and his children’s memoirs.

In Victorian Britain, the celebration of Christmas lasted for 12 days, ending on 6 January, or Twelfth Night. Through Dickens and Christmas, readers will come to know what it would have been like to celebrate Christmas in 1812, the year in which Dickens was born. They will journey through the Christmases Dickens enjoyed as a child and a young adult, through to the ways in which he and his family celebrated the festive season at the height of his fame. It also explores the ways in which his works have gone on to influence how the festive season is celebrated around the globe.

About The Author
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Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster and public speaker. She has written more than twenty books, including critically acclaimed biographies, art history, social history, the history of London and travel writing. This is her third book about her great great great grandfather, Charles Dickens. Lucinda has appeared on television and radio programmes around the globe. She is a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

REVIEWS
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Now we couldn't celebrate Christmas without Charles Dickens, could we? Lucinda Hawksley, a direct descendant of Charles and Catherine Dickens, thankfully thinks not and has penned this timely exploration of the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we know and love today -and her 3x great-grandfather's influence on how it is celebrated across the globe.

- Family Tree

it's a very readable book, a slice of social history involving a man who, more than anyone, encapsulates Christmas in literature.

- Books Monthly

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