A Christmas Dinner (Hardcover)

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Charles Dickens penned this sketch in December, 1835, as his conception of an ideal Yuletide gathering. Dickens, who may have invented the modern notion of Christmas, had lively ideas about what a family Christmas should be. This text is enriched with the Christmas menus devised and recipes--some from the Dickens'' household--adapted for contemporary cooks by distinguished culinary historian Alice Ross.

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Publisher Red Rock Pr Inc
Mfg Part# 9781933176109
SKU 207949613
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1933176105
Release Date 11/1/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 8.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Charles Dickens
In the words of George Orwell, "the strongest single impression one carries away" from the novels of Charles Dickens is "a hatred of tyranny"--a passion that began in Dickens's own early life. Son of a navy pay clerk, Dickens had an idyllic childhood until he was 12, when his improvident father was imprisoned for debt and young Charles was sent by his parents to work in a London blacking factory to raise money to pay off his father's creditors. He was there only a few months, but the experience left a harsh impression on him: he not only wrote frequently in his novels about oppressed and victimized children, but, after he became famous, was a tireless crusader against child labor and other social evils. In time, the young Dickens did return to school, and in his teens, he acquired a reader's ticket to the British Museum, where he educated himself further, reading Shakespeare and other classics. He became a law clerk and a shorthand reporter, and then began writing for various periodicals, becoming a successful and sought-after journalist. In 1833, he published his first short story, and his first full-length book, THE PICKWICK PAPERS, was published three years later, when he was 24--the same year he was married to Catherine Hogarth. As he and his wife began to produce children--10 in all--Dickens also produced literature, most of which was published serially, including OLIVER TWIST (1837), NICHOLAS NICKELBY (1839), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1843). He wrote according to a rigorous schedule (daily, between breakfast and luncheon), and from the 1840s on, he traveled widely, giving speeches and readings, and lived in Italy and in Paris briefly in the mid-1840s. His marriage was never a happy one; in 1858, he and his wife separated, and from that period until his death Dickens was romantically involved with the young actress Ellen Ternan. Among Dickens's later works are DAVID COPPERFIELD (1850), HARD TIMES (1854), and LITTLE DORRITT (1857), which drew on his own troubled childhood, as well as A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1859) and OUR MUTUAL FRIEND (1865). His last novel, a suspense tale, was THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, left unfinished at his death in June, 1870, from a stroke that may have been brought on by his strenuous schedule of public appearances. Though he lived to be only 58, Dickens's output was prodigious and varied, both wildly comical and deadly serious, and he remains one of the most enduring and beloved writers in the canon of English literature.
In the words of George Orwell, "the strongest single impression one carries away" from the novels of Charles Dickens is "a hatred of tyranny"--a passion that began in Dickens's own early life. Son of a navy pay clerk, Dickens had an idyllic childhood until he was 12, when his improvident father was imprisoned for debt and young Charles was sent by his parents to work in a London blacking factory to raise money to pay off his father's creditors. He was there only a few months, but the experience left a harsh impression on him: he not only wrote frequently in his novels about oppressed and victimized children, but, after he became famous, was a tireless crusader against child labor and other social evils. In time, the young Dickens did return to school, and in his teens, he acquired a reader's ticket to the British Museum, where he educated himself further, reading Shakespeare and other classics. He became a law clerk and a shorthand reporter, and then began writing for various periodicals, becoming a successful and sought-after journalist. In 1833, he published his first short story, and his first full-length book, THE PICKWICK PAPERS, was published three years later, when he was 24--the same year he was married to Catherine Hogarth. As he and his wife began to produce children--10 in all--Dickens also produced literature, most of which was published serially, including OLIVER TWIST (1837), NICHOLAS NICKELBY (1839), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1843). He wrote according to a rigorous schedule (daily, between breakfast and luncheon), and from the 1840s on, he traveled widely, giving speeches and readings, and lived in Italy and in Paris briefly in the mid-1840s. His marriage was never a happy one; in 1858, he and his wife separated, and from that period until his death Dickens was romantically involved with the young actress Ellen Ternan. Among Dickens's later works are DAVID COPPERFIELD (1850), HARD TIMES (1854), and LITTLE DORRITT (1857), which drew on his own troubled childhood, as well as A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1859) and OUR MUTUAL FRIEND (1865). His last novel, a suspense tale, was THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, left unfinished at his death in June, 1870, from a stroke that may have been brought on by his strenuous schedule of public appearances. Though he lived to be only 58, Dickens's output was prodigious and varied, both wildly comical and deadly serious, and he remains one of the most enduring and beloved writers in the canon of English literature.
Peter Ackroyd grew up in a council house near London's Wormwood Scrubs. After beginning his education at St Benedict's, a Catholic state school where he began studying Latin and Greek at age 11, Peter Ackroyd was educated at Cambridge and Yale universities. At Yale, where he was a Mellon Fellow, he wrote a history of modern aesthetics that was published in 1976 as NOTES FOR A NEW CULTURE. Since then, he has written novels, biographies, poems, and a book on transvestitism. He has also worked as an editor, film critic, and book reviewer. In his fiction, he eschews literary realism, believing it to be an outmoded idea. One of his perennial interests as a writer is the continuity of place in people's lives--in his case, almost always London's East End. Ackroyd is a self-professed workaholic, publishing a book a year between 1994, when his longtime lover, Brian Kuhn, died of AIDS, and 2000, when, upon completion of his book LONDON (a "biography" of the city), Ackroyd suffered a massive heart attack, from which he recovered fully.
From the Publisher
Editors Note A lavishly illustrated edition of Dickens's 1835 tale about an ideal Yuletide, penned when he was twenty-two years old, evinces such traditions as lavish food, wrapped gifts, and family gatherings, in a volume complemented by adaptations of recipes by the author's wife.
Editors Note 1 Combines a short story, "A Christmas Dinner," by Charles Dickens, with the history of English Christmas customs and foods, and Victorian and modern recipes for foods served at Christmas.
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