Se podria decir que Dickens invento la Navidad, pues ningun otro escritor ha evocado con tanta maestria el espiritu, jubiloso y elegiaco a un tiempo, de ese periodo final del ano. Ademas del celebre "Cancion de Navidad," se reunen en este volumen -inspirado en la edicion inglesa de 1852- otros cuatro relatos de ambientacion navidena donde se entreveran los motivos principales del mundo dickensiano: la caridad, la infancia, los mitos populares, las desigualdades sociales, los suenos y la magia, bellamente iluminados por Javier Olivares.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and slave factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.