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Where Great Minds Meet: Charles Dickens and Dr Seuss

First edition Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. First edition, London, 1843,

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. First edition, New York, 1957

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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