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You may know “A Christmas Carol”, but do you know “The Chimes: A Goblin Story”?

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You may know “A Christmas Carol”, but do you know “The Chimes: A Goblin Story”?

Charles Dickens is well known for his classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. Did you know that it was the first in a series of five Christmas books that he wrote from 1843-1848?

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Following the success of A Christmas Carol in 1843, Dickens produced four other Christmas titles including The Chimes: A Goblin Story, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life: A Love Story, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. The succeeding titles never reached the same level of popularity as A Christmas Carol, which has not been out of print since it was first written.

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Now, did you know that you can find these early copies of the Dickens Christmas series in our rare books collection?

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Visit the Library to take a look at these and more:

A Christmas Carol: In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas, Charles Dickens. London: Chapman & Hall: 1843. Call No. (RAR) PR4572.C68 1843

The Chimes: A goblin story of some bells that rang an old year out and a new year in, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1845. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.C5 1845

The Cricket on the Hearth: A fairy tale of home, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1845. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.C78 1846

The Battle of Life: A love story, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846.  Call No: (RAR) PR4572.B2 1846

The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: A fancy for Christmas-time, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1848. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.H3 1848

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