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Charles Dickens
Holiday Classics
in Large Print

Please note: These large print editions are set in 14-point Century Schoolbook and are suitable for people with mild vision impairment. The print may not be large enough for those with severe vision impairment.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is the first and most popular in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. The familiar story, about Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits who haunt him, has brought a healing touch to generations of readers. Despite many film and TV adaptations, the Dickens original remains the most powerful telling of this memorable tale. This large print edition is designed for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus story, “A Christmas Tree.”

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ISBN 1-932732-00-4


The Chimes

The Chimes is the second in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. Filled with an array of comic characters, it tells the story of Toby Veck, or Trotty, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells. This large print edition is designed for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus story, Dickens’ meditation on “What Christmas Is As We Grow Older.”

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ISBN 1-932732-01-2


The Cricket on the Hearth

The Cricket on the Hearth is the third in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. It tells the story of John Peerybingle, a parcel carrier, and how his love for his wife Dot is tested. It’s a heartwarming tale that explores the meaning of family and love at the turning of the year. This large print edition is designed for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus story, “A Good Humoured Christmas Chapter,” excerpted from The Pickwick Papers.

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ISBN 1-932732-02-0


The Battle of Life

The Battle of Life is the fourth in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. It’s the story of Grace and Marion, the two lovely daughters of Dr. Thomas Jeddler, and their romantic adventures and setbacks. A touching tale of loves lost and found, it’s filled with the warmth of Dickens. This large print edition is designed for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a generously extended three-part story story, “The Holly-Tree,” which adds a tumble of amusing holiday anecdotes to another romantic tale.

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ISBN 1-932732-03-9


The Haunted Man

The Haunted Man is the last and hardest-hitting in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. As in his original Christmas novel, A Christmas Carol, Dickens spins a ghost story that teaches its central character—Professor Redlaw—that the spiritual power of Christmas can overcome human suffering. This large print edition is designed for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus story, “The Poor Relation’s Story,” a hearthside tale that continues Dickens’ exploration of the meaning of Christmas.

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ISBN 1-932732-04-7


About the author

Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the 19th century. Born in 1812, the son of a navy clerk, he had to leave school to work in a warehouse, an experience that scarred him but also endowed his work with a keen sense of compassion and outrage. Dickens rose from clerk to court reporter to journalist. In 1833 he began writing for periodicals and in 1836 some of these pieces were collected in his first book, Sketches by Boz. Dickens went on to write some of the greatest classics of 19th century literature—including Oliver Twist (1848), David Copperfield (1849), Bleak House (1852), and Great Expectations (1860)—and was well-loved and celebrated during his life, which ended on June 9th, 1870. Dickens published five short novels with year-end holiday themes: A Christmas Carol (1843), The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848). Quiet River Press publishes each book in a separate Large Print edition with an original introduction and a bonus short story.


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