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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

This new choice of Dickens's Christmas writings confirms his lasting effect upon our thought of the Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for get together, charity, and reminiscence. as well as the liked A Christmas Carol, this quantity comprises such festive works as "Christmas Festivities," "The tale of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton," "A Christmas Tree," "The Seven negative Travellers," The Haunted guy and the Ghost's discount, and a Christmas episode from grasp Humphrey's Clock.

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He first penned 舠A Scandal in Bohemia舡 in April 1891, sending it to his agent to shop it around to the magazines. The Strand, a new publication, accepted it without fanfare, but when Conan Doyle舗s agent sent them two more stories, 舠The Red-headed League舡 and 舠A Case of Identity,舡 the magazine舗s editors, realizing they had something special, asked Conan Doyle for more. After he submitted 舠The Boscombe Valley Mystery,舡 Conan Doyle asked for an increase in the price the magazine paid him for the stories, from ţ25 to ţ35 per story.

After he submitted 舠The Boscombe Valley Mystery,舡 Conan Doyle asked for an increase in the price the magazine paid him for the stories, from ţ25 to ţ35 per story. 舡 Conan Doyle conceived of his six stories as a series, to be run in sequence. Serialized works in the past had been chapters from a single continuous work, either a novel or a long story. But Conan Doyle felt that serializing long stories in magazines was a mistake, because a reader who missed one issue would lose interest. He saw that if he made each story independent, 舠while each retained a connecting link with the one before and the one that was to come by means of its leading characters,舡 it didn舗t matter if a reader missed an episode or two.

Criminals are caught not because they make a fatal error, but because all human actions, good and bad, leave traces behind. If you pay close enough attention to the causative chain of events in everyday life, and you舗ve trained yourself to think logically, you舗ll be able to follow that chain when someone has committed a crime. The first story attends to some matters that by their nature appear only once. It must introduce both Holmes and Watson, which of course can happen only once. After that, it also contains a feature that appears only in the longer stories.

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