A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike.



A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript.

In association with the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan, which places the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ timeless Christmas classic on public display each holiday season, this collectible reprint “represents the most faithful transcription to date.” The edition includes a foreword by acclaimed author Colm Tóibín, who adds factual commentary about Dickens’ writing inspiration and how the author designated the past, the present, and the future as the “unearthly protagonists” in his redemptive and morally purposeful story of Scrooge. Tóibín believes the tale itself, a “dark journey of the soul,” derives much of its power from its grim portrait of London. The book is introduced by the Morgan Library’s chief literary curator Declan Kiely, who explores Dickens’ determination in writing the story—while he suffered through a miserable cold—and the many pivotal personal (financial anxiety), professional (prior book sales), and political issues (his advocacy for social reform) affecting his life of “ecstatic restlessness” leading up to the drafting of the story in the fall of 1843. Kiely artfully describes the tale’s five theatrical “staves” and scrutinizes the author’s creative process and heavily edited composition. He also notes several minute details in Dickens’ writing style, the original manuscript’s trail of sale, and the intricate disbinding and preparatory processes taken to produce this special volume. Dickens’ original manuscript in his cursive penmanship—with some of the author’s spelling “peculiarities” corrected)—is featured opposite its verbatim translation. The storybook, impressively produced and crisply analyzed by both Tóibín and Kiely, harbors the potential to joyfully transform a burdensome year of “misery to merriness.”

A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-393-60864-9

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2016

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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