This year marks the 180th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic A Christmas Carol.
First published on December 19th in 1843, it quickly sold out it’s first printing run. By the end of 1844 thirteen further editions had been released. Between 1849 and his death in 1870, Dickens publicly read A Christmas Carol a 127 times. Since then this novella has never been out of print. It has inspired many interpretations and re-imagining, in both print and on the screen. At Westlake Porter Public Library we have many different versions of this tale available, whether it be in print, audiobook, DVD, or on Hoopla and Libby
Now with our new catalog, Aspen Discovery, you can easily see what we have available and in what format. Read further to see some of our available selections, some of which aren’t your traditional re-telling. Also, you’ll want to check out my colleague, Erin’s post, about December’s Classic of the Month: A Christmas Carol!
A Christmas Carol Murder by Heather Redmond
London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws. Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who’s behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley’s corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley’s ghost–or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party…–Amazon.com.
Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott
“Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction–especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears–Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction. Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital–and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor-easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books…”
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Old miser Scrooge doesn’t like Christmas. He’d rather spend his time making more money. But on Christmas Eve, he is visited by four apparitions…One of them is his late business partner and only friend, Marley. Marley makes it very clear to Scrooge that if he doesn’t change and become a better person, he will forever suffer in the afterlife. Terrified by the ominous messages from the ghosts, Scrooge is determined to change. But is there time?–Amazon.com.
Scrooge is a cynical old man whose greatest concern is money. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner, who arranges for Scrooge to be visited by three spirits. Begins with a sequence set in 1857, the site of a live reading by the renowned Dickens. As he begins his story a woman screams because she has seen a mouse and Dickens points out that his story begins with a mouse. Dickens explains that the mouse, named Gabriel, carries a glimmer of hope amidst the glaring co-existence of rich and poor in the streets of London.
Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Includes featurettes and deleted scenes.
Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season.