Charles Dickens is sometimes called the "man who invented Christmas," and his enduring and much-adapted tale has proved a central addition to the literature that has grown up around the Christmas season. With its ghostly apparitions and poignant representation of the reformation of a miser's heart, Dickens's story contributed classic characters to the literary canon, in the form of Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and its central figure, Ebenezer Scrooge, the originator of the "Bah! Humbug!" Harold Bloom introduces this brand-new volume of critical excerpts that focus on this Christmas-centric tale. An annotated bibliography and an index will assist students studying this timeless classic.
Annotated bibliography. Index.
About the Author(s)
Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Educated at Cornell and Yale universities, he is the author of 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), The Visionary Company (1961), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975), Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism (1982), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1996), and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), a 1998 National Book Award finalist. The Anxiety of Influence (1973) sets forth Professor Bloom's provocative theory of the literary relationships between the great writers and their predecessors. His most recent books include How to Read and Why (2000), Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds (2002), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2003), Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? (2004), and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (2005). In addition, he is the author of hundreds of articles, reviews, and editorial introductions. In 1999, Professor Bloom received the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism. He has also received the International Prize of Catalonia, the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico, and the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Prize of Denmark.