By Charles Dickens
This new number of Dickens's Christmas writings confirms his lasting effect upon our proposal of the Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for get together, charity, and reminiscence. as well as the liked A Christmas Carol, this quantity contains such festive works as "Christmas Festivities," "The tale of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton," "A Christmas Tree," "The Seven negative Travellers," The Haunted guy and the Ghost's discount, and a Christmas episode from grasp Humphrey's Clock.
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Did Edwin Drood easily vanish into the evening on Christmas Eve, or was once he murdered with a black silk shawl through his uncle Jasper? Or was once he in all likelihood performed in with a strolling stick, brandished by means of one Neville Landless?
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This description echoes the prose cadences of the King James Bible; the fratricidal story of Cain and Abel from the Bible is surely not far behind. This richness of reference is part of the lasting fascination of King Solomon舗s Mines. When the travelers arrive at the Hall of the Dead to discover the beheaded, mummified corpse of a Zulu king, Quatermain likens this horrific image to Hamilton Tighe, a beheaded sailor who in The Ingoldsby Legends appears carrying his own head (p. 176). Racism and Sexism The depiction of Africans in King Solomon舗s Mines has rightly attracted much condemnation in recent years.
Obsessed with the fate of poor rural communities, he published studies like A Farmer舗s Year: Being His Commonplace Book for 1898 (London: Longmans and Company, 1899; The Poor and the Land: Being a Report on the Salvation Army Colonies in the United States and at Hadleigh, England, with Scheme of National Land Settlement, and an Introduction (London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1905); Rural Denmark and Its Lessons (London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1911); Regeneration: Being an Account of the Social Work of the Salvation Army in Great Britain (London: Longmans, Green, 1910); and Rural England: Being an Account of Agricultural and Social Researches Carried Out in the Years 1901 & 1902 (London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1902).
Personal suffering muted Haggard舗s success when his nine-year-old son died in 1891. A daughter, Lilias, was born the next year; she would eventually publish a biography of her father. Although he maintained a farm and country house in Norfolk, Haggard traveled to Egypt, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and South Africa. He lectured and published reports on agriculture, one of his fields of expertise. His work was often in the service of the British government, which honored him with a knighthood in 1912 and made him a Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1919.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens