A Christmas Carol

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Author: Charles Dickens  | Date: 1843

Preface to Dicken’s Christmas Stories

THE narrow space within which it was necessary to confine these Christmas Stories when they were originally published, rendered their construction a matter of some difficulty, and almost necessitated what is peculiar in their machinery. I could not attempt great elaboration of detail, in the working out of character within such limits. My chief purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land.

C. D.

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Chicago: Charles Dickens, "Preface to Dicken’s Christmas Stories," A Christmas Carol Original Sources, accessed February 20, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RCMWGA43BSR34KU.

MLA: Dickens, Charles. "Preface to Dicken’s Christmas Stories." A Christmas Carol, Original Sources. 20 Feb. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RCMWGA43BSR34KU.

Harvard: Dickens, C, 'Preface to Dicken’s Christmas Stories' in A Christmas Carol. Original Sources, retrieved 20 February 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RCMWGA43BSR34KU.