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'A Christmas Carol' Turns 175

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BELOVED HOLIDAY CLASSIC, WE LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE TIMES’S COVERAGE OF THE BOOK AND ITS AUTHOR, CHARLES DICKENS.

“A Christmas Carol” came out on Dec. 19, 1843, well before The New York Times began publishing in 1851. The novel — with beautiful illustrations by John Leech — was a best-seller in both England and the United States. Because there were no international copyright laws, Dickens didn’t make a cent from American editions.

In December 1855, about holiday traditions around the world: “Let us raise our voice with Dickens … ‘Give three cheers for the Christmas old. …'”

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