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Get a Free Copy of Dickens' Christmas Carol Book

Updated on September 19, 2011

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is a Classic

Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol," the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's second chance to lead a more charitable and loving life, is one of the most well-known and well-loved Christmas stories of all time. Dickens originally published the story in December 1843.

For those who aren't familiar with the tale, "A Christmas Carol" begins on Christmas Eve when Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley. Marley comes wearing a heavy chain, telling Scrooge, "I wear the chain I forged in life," and warning Scrooge to change his greedy, miserly ways. "I am here to-night to warn you, that you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate," the Ghost says.

After the warning, Scrooge is visited by three more ghosts who show him visions of himself in the past, present and future. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge scenes of a time he was a younger, kinder and more innocent person. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him scenes to inspire Scrooge to feel some responsibility for his fellow humans. The final ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, scares Scrooge with dark visions of his future if he doesn't change his ways.

When Scrooge awakens Christmas morning, he has been transformed into a new man who is kinder and more compassionate.

The tale of Scrooge's transformation was an immediate success with both critics and the public when it was published, and more than a century later, it is still popular, particularly in adaptations for film and stage. More than 20 movies have been based on Dickens' "Christmas Carol" book, with many other TV, stage and radio productions.

Where to Get Free Copies of Dickens Christmas Carol Book
Because this story has transferred to the public domain, you can get free copies of Dickens "Christmas Carol" book online in both text and audio formats. Visit the sites below to get your free copy of one of the most popular Christmas stories of all time.

e-Book with illustrations at
Plain text or HTML download at Project Gutenberg
Streaming audio or audio download at LibriVox

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      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The book "Christmas Carol" by Dickens has long been a favorite. I am pleased to see there is a way to obtain a free copy. Thanks for sharing the information.


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