[by] Charles Dickens ; illustrated by John Leech ; ed. with an introduction, notes, and bibliography by Michael Patrick Hearn
What would Christmas be without "A Christmas Carol"? Charles Dickens's famous ghost story is as much a part of the season as plum pudding and mistletoe. This edition of the Dickens classic is part of the Norton "Annotated Series", and delves into the engrossing story of the book's publication, when it first captivated Victorian England. It combines the original text of 1843 with Dickens's Public Reading text, which had its world premiere in America in 1867. The book features rare photographs as well as the original Leech wood engravings and hand-coloured etchings. These are supplemented by other contemporary illustrations by George Cruikshank, Gustave Dore, John Tenniel and "Phiz".