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Looking for a Good Read? Consider ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Recommends Joseph Pearce

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(L-R) Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ was first published in December 1843, with coloured engravings by John Leech. A second edition featured John Leech with steel engravings by John Barnard (1846-1896) entitled ‘A Christmas Carol in Prose.’

In ‘Twelve Great Books,’ Pearce writes, “The lesson that A Christmas Carol teaches is that our lives are not owned by us but are owed to another to whom the debt must be paid in the currency of self-sacrifice.”