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A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike.

A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript.

In association with the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan, which places the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ timeless Christmas classic on public display each holiday season, this collectible reprint “represents the most faithful transcription to date.” The edition includes a foreword by acclaimed author Colm Tóibín, who adds factual commentary about Dickens’ writing inspiration and how the author designated the past, the present, and the future as the “unearthly protagonists” in his redemptive and morally purposeful story of Scrooge. Tóibín believes the tale itself, a “dark journey of the soul,” derives much of its power from its grim portrait of London. The book is introduced by the Morgan Library’s chief literary curator Declan Kiely, who explores Dickens’ determination in writing the story—while he suffered through a miserable cold—and the many pivotal personal (financial anxiety), professional (prior book sales), and political issues (his advocacy for social reform) affecting his life of “ecstatic restlessness” leading up to the drafting of the story in the fall of 1843. Kiely artfully describes the tale’s five theatrical “staves” and scrutinizes the author’s creative process and heavily edited composition. He also notes several minute details in Dickens’ writing style, the original manuscript’s trail of sale, and the intricate disbinding and preparatory processes taken to produce this special volume. Dickens’ original manuscript in his cursive penmanship—with some of the author’s spelling “peculiarities” corrected)—is featured opposite its verbatim translation. The storybook, impressively produced and crisply analyzed by both Tóibín and Kiely, harbors the potential to joyfully transform a burdensome year of “misery to merriness.”

A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-393-60864-9

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: Aug. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2016

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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