A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition



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.

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”