A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Charles Dickens
It’s not too late! This is the message of A Christmas Carol – the idea that no matter how lost, broken-down, and just plain cussed you may be, you can always change your ways. Charles Dickens’s little book may not be the largest ornament on the Christmas tree of literature, but it’s one of the ones I love most. It is a beacon of hope that never goes out.
A Christmas Carol was first published in London on 19 December 1843 by Chapman & Hall. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man.
Scrooge has no time for the poor or the wretched. And it’s “Bah, humbug!” to anyone who wishes him a Merry Christmas. But when he turns in for the night one cold, fateful Christmas Eve, his past, present, and future converge. Three haunting guests are about to show him that the time has come to change his miserly ways—before it’s too late.
This edition is the very personal copy of the venerable and confirmed Dickens aficionado Gary Kamiya–complete with scribbles, comments, and all too frequent exclamations, like “Let me tell you how much I love this line, and here’s why!”
Out Now | 80 pages
GARY KAMIYA is the author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which was awarded the 2013 Northern California Book Award in creative nonfiction, and Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler. He was a co-founder and longtime executive editor of the pioneering website Salon.com. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco Magazine and writes a history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Past.”