I’m suppose to be cooking for a party on Saturday night but it’s the 176th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol: In Prose Being A Ghost Story of Christmas (didn’t know it had a subtitle, did you? Almost as long as the current publishing fashion). If you read yesterday’s post, you know what an important role this book plays in my family. The edition we have was printed in 1938 with illustrations by Everett Shinn. I can’t imagine anyone not knowing the story of A Christmas Carol but I thought it’d be of interest to highlight the story’s progress through Shinn’s evocative images.
“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge,” Dickens wrote. “May that be truly said of all of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless us, Every One!”
And now I better run off and start cooking for our own Fezziwig feast!