Dickens’ tale of injustice and eventual repentance was written in only six weeks. While at the time sales were disappointing to the author – who with another child on the way had been hoping for larger sums – it went on to become hugely admired, often answered by other writers and outright ripped off by others. The first edition, which in itself proved problematic to create with off-colour endpapers and clashing title pages, was finally released on 19 December 1843.
A ‘Scrooge’ of a greener-skinned variety made his own debut in 1957. Dr Seuss’s follow up to The Cat in the Hat was a rally against the commercialisation of Christmas, his anti-hero (born with a heart two sizes too small) eventually realising that there’s “maybe a little more” to the festive season and changing his ways. Random House and Redbook both published versions of the tale, and Seuss’s first ‘villain’ novel has been a cherished novel since.
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