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About this Item: Chapman and Hall,, London, First edition. The Familiar 4to Household Edition of Dickens, double columned. But in parts in original blue wrappers like most of dickens publications. Loss to top of spine Illustrator: E. Seller Inventory cd2. From: Transformer Glasgow, United Kingdom. Limp Cover. First Edition Thus. Green suede covers, with overhang edges, rather tattered, weakness to spine folds, inch tear at top of back fold, front fold splitting nearly halfway. Gilt titles to front in a panel, vg, and spine, worn.

All-gilt edges. Upper corners bumped. Delightful little book, illustrated in colour on titlepage, coloured frontispiece, and also another colour plate, and with a garland frame to each page. Contents are clean and bright, very pretty. No date or edition stated, estimate Seller Inventory C Published by Frederick Warne About this Item: Frederick Warne, Illustrated By Francis D Bedford illustrator. Uncorrected proof Copy. All books outside UK sent airmail. Blue wrappers. This copy is from the text printer and has all the black and white illustrations but not the colour plates printed seperately.

A very scarce early proof copy. Published by Frederick Warne, London About this Item: Frederick Warne, London, Decorative Board. Bedford Francis D illustrator. A delightful book beautifully illustrated the front and rear end papers are illustrated as a stage and the characters are puppets. It is a Christmas scene.

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It is one of Dicken's Fairy Tales. The front board is decorative and the book appears to have had a new spine at some stage bright and shiny. The rear board shows wear but is clean. The interior of the book is lovely. Published by Henry Altemus cir. About this Item: Henry Altemus cir. Condition: Near Fine. Publisher's full blue cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on spine and cover, four-piece only on cover, printed endpapers.


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Head and heel of spine mildly worn, small open tear in one plate only, else fine. From: W. George Sheffield; illustrator. First Printing - First Thus. Blue boards lettered in gilt on the spine; headband. Very light rubbing at the corners of the dustjacket; some darkening around the edges of the text block; no interior markings.

This collection contains: Foreword by Stefan R. Size: 8vo. A selection of tales, biographies, history and science. The account of 'The Cricket on the Hearth', with extensive extracts, appears in the second part, Jan. Rear board almost detatched spine cracked along it's back hinge pages clean. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Classic from the year in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, course: -, - entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The kettle began it! Don't tell me what Mrs. Peerybingle said.

I know better. Peerybingle may leave it on record to the end of time that she couldn't say which of them began it; but, I say the kettle did. I ought to know, I hope! The kettle began it, full five minutes by the little waxy-faced Dutch clock in the corner, before the Cricket uttered a chirp. As if the clock hadn't finished striking, and the convulsive little Haymaker at the top of it, jerking away right and left with a scythe in front of a Moorish Palace, hadn't mowed down half an acre of imaginary grass before the Cricket joined in at all! Why, I am not naturally positive. Every one knows that.

I wouldn't set my own opinion against the opinion of Mrs. Peerybingle, unless I were quite sure, on any account whatever. Nothing should induce me. But, this is a question of act. And the fact is, that the kettle began it, at least five minutes before the Cricket gave any sign of being in existence.

Contradict me, and I'll say ten. Let me narrate exactly how it happened. I should have proceeded to do so in my very first word, but for this plain consideration-if I am to tell a story I must begin at the beginning; and how is it possible to begin at the beginning, without beginning at the kettle? It appeared as if there were a sort of match, or trial of skill, you must understand, between the kettle and the Cricket. And this is what led to it, and how it came about.

Seller Inventory APC From: Vagabond Books, A. Katharine Kroeber Wiley , the daughter of a scholar and a sculptor, has a degree in English Literature from Occidental College. Her work has appeared in Boundary Two and the recent book, Lore of the Dolphin. She is currently working on a book on Victorian Christmas writings.

Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol , Great Expectations , David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

There is no doubt whatever about that. It does not start with a description of Scrooge as a miser, but with death. All of Dickens's Christmas books revolve around death. Americans and Europeans of the twenty-first century are fairly sheltered from death—it seldom happens in our homes, for instance; we can bring people back from the brink of death in ways inconceivable to Victorians; we have powerful drugs to ease the pain of, say, cancer, and so forth. In Dickens's day, one could die from an infected cut; today we simply slap on some antibiotic ointment and feel confident we'll be all right.

Death was very present and very haunting to the Victorians. Children and women were particularly vulnerable; we may find some of the sentiment over Tiny Tim cloying, but through him Dickens strove to present the special poignancy of the deaths of children. Having started with Marley's death, and Scrooge's full knowledge and experience of it, Dickens goes on to say that Scrooge never painted over Marley's name on the warehouse door: "Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names.

It was all the same to him. Scrooge is not a person, even to himself, but a business. It is that lack of self that leads to his miserliness and his alienation from humanity. Scrooge's nephew, in bursting in upon him, precipitates Scrooge's well-known contemptuous remarks upon Christmas. Upon the nephew's departure two "portly gentlemen" approach; they are setting up a fund to "buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens, First Edition

Even though this seems to be a tragic occurrence all is well in the end. Love prevails and a girl may regain her sight. This is a Christmas tale after all. I'm tempted to go through sentence by sentence to grade this travesty of an assignment, but I shall restrain myself. At one point the cricket warns the master that his wife may be having an affair? A girl may regain her sight? Telephone really is the only explanation for this level of wrong. Tackleton tells Mr. Peerybingle that his wife is being unfaithful, not the cricket. And Bertha's eyes are her father, who describes the world to her.

It's just ridiculously bad. Shamefully bad. But I digress. I actually enjoyed this little story, despite it being read by Jim Dale hatehatehate and not being about Christmas at all. I'm guessing that it's a "Christmas story" because it was originally released a few days before Christmas The story takes place in January, and has nothing at all Christmasy about it. The celebrations are because of a wedding, and an anniversary, and a new baby Ehh, it's a stretch. Grinch, Grinch, Grinch! Scrooge, Scrooge, Scrooge. That's me. So, anyway, taking away the non-Christmasness, and the Jim Daleness hatehatehate , otherwise I thought it was good.

Though, honestly, that whole aspect could have been removed, because the conflict was resolved separately. Umm, so, I guess what I'm saying is that you should only read this while drunk. It'll make perfect sense then. View all 5 comments. Dec 07, John rated it liked it.

A much cheerier tale than The Chimes with an an imaginative story line which evolves cleverly.


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  • Only the clutter of words and clumsy sentence structure gets in the way to spoil it. I did not always find it easy to follow. Dickens here exploring relationships between men and women had me thinking about his relationships with women, in particular A much cheerier tale than The Chimes with an an imaginative story line which evolves cleverly. Dickens here exploring relationships between men and women had me thinking about his relationships with women, in particular his wife and mistress es. The mature carrier, John, married to a much younger woman Dot real name Mary. Her school friend too is also about to marry a much older man in order to help the flagging family fortunes.

    This older gent is a toy seller who hates children and has not a little in common with old Scrooge. I formed the impression that this tale was written in a hurry and would benefit from editorial intervention, slimming it down somewhat. Dec 01, Chris rated it it was ok. Unfortunately, this was one of my least favorite Dickens stories I've read to date.

    I wanted to read something by Dickens for Christmas to take a break from reading A Christmas Carol like I do each year at this time. I was disappointed to discover that, even though this story was in a volume called "Stories For Christmas" by Dickens, it wasn't about Christmas at all. The 'cricket' is real, but also a metaphor of the spirit of the home 'hearth' that works on one's thoughts and memories to help a person perceive the true value of the ones they love, especially in time of doubt.

    See, I told you it was stupid. But seriously, it was a Dickens story through-and-through with its wit, poetic observations, surprising twists, and nostalgic backdrop I'm glad it was only about 70 pages. May 23, Gary rated it it was amazing. A heartwarming tale about a middle aged carrier, John Peerybingle, his young wife, Dot.

    When Tackleton leads John to believe his wife is involved with a young man, it is the cricket who must act as the voice of reason a A heartwarming tale about a middle aged carrier, John Peerybingle, his young wife, Dot. When Tackleton leads John to believe his wife is involved with a young man, it is the cricket who must act as the voice of reason and point the way to the truth of her innocence, making for a happy ending I did like the turn of phrase especially Dot's and the humour and those who say that this novella lacked Dicken's usual wordcraft were missing something.

    Dec 15, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: read-audio. I listened to this book in audio as well as reading it in print. I liked it. I didn't love it.

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    I loved the narration by Jim Dale. He really made the characters come to life, but I had to actually read the printed story to understand parts of it. The title leads one to belive it might be a cute little story, but it is not. It is a dark story with a grown up theme. There is love, lying, seeming betrayl and hurt feelings going on.

    Yes, there is a cricket and faries and a lost son returning and a fu I listened to this book in audio as well as reading it in print. Yes, there is a cricket and faries and a lost son returning and a funny little baby nanny too. Like The Christmas Carol, it turns out in the end and everyone is happy. I was glad. Dec 13, Terris rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics.

    I loved this, and it made me realize how much I have been missing Charles Dickens since I haven't read him for awhile! I love his wordplay, fun with language, and his sense of humor overall. It's a very, very sweet story about couples in love that think that they are each cheating on each other, and there's a blind girl and a cricket, and then they're not cheating on each other, and they all live happily ever after What were you expecti I loved this, and it made me realize how much I have been missing Charles Dickens since I haven't read him for awhile!

    What were you expecting?! I don't mean to be flip about this story, but I really liked it and it put me in a good mood. I hope you have as much fun with it as I did ; Dec 31, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: theclassics , own. But there's nothing about it that has anything to do with Christmas. And it's actually kind of. Like the outline of a much longer novel. Characters suddenly appear or disappear, and the ending wraps up far too quickly. Jun 19, Sara J. I found I had to take notes at the beginning due to the seemingly meandering prose. But once I got the hang of the references and which names actually meant which persona I could stop taking notes.

    I found this one quite delightful. But then again I haven't found a Dicken's work I have finished that I did not like. May 04, Morgan rated it liked it. Wasn't that into this story as much as I thought. It's still a good one to read for the season though. Mainly wanted to read this one for a while because the comic book Fables has the Cricket in some of their Christmas issues. Dec 19, Milena rated it it was ok Shelves: victorians , short-stories.

    The cricket is the Genius of the Hearth and Home. His song inspires us with feelings of love, and tell us to hear everything that speaks the language of our hearth and our heart. They lived peacefully together, and the cricket was the soundtrack of their happiness. Instead, no cricket sang in the house of old Tackleton, the toy mer The cricket is the Genius of the Hearth and Home. While reading it, I had the impression that it was just a track that Dickens wrote for a Christmas reading, and I would have loved to listen to him.

    But reading it in a book was quite boring for me. Nov 28, Tam May rated it really liked it. I was surprised to read that this book was part of a series of Christmas books A Christmas Carol among them that Dickens wrote. Unlike that book, this one doesn't have the creepy elements that make it more a ghost story than a story of good Christmas cheer. But this book has a little too much sentimentalism for my taste. I also found Dickens' rambling style a bit too much for me in this book. It's an interesting story, though, and the metaphor of the cricket on the hearth is nicely done.

    Oct 24, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories-novellas , 19th-century-classics. I guess I will let my ignorance shine and admit that I had not heard of this book prior to its being nominated as a group read. Since this read is scheduled for December and other Christmas stories were also nominated, I assumed this too, was about Christmas.

    Not really a typical Christmas story, unless you focus on the emotions of Christmas. This little story has a lot to say about love, family, sacrifice, trust, and redemption. Dec 18, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: classics. I listened to the Jim Dale narrated audiobook, to whose narration I'd not listened to before. He really made the characters come alive! I'll have to reread this to be sure of my thoughts on the story, but for now three stars is well deserved. Otherwise, for a Dickens book, this one has surprisingly many likeable characters.

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    In fact, all of them turn out to be quite a merry group. Of course, they all have rather distinct personalities with obvious quirks - it's all the more a shame that they are in suc "Hark how the cricket joins the music with its chirp, chirp, chirp; and how the kettle hums! Of course, they all have rather distinct personalities with obvious quirks - it's all the more a shame that they are in such a short work! I love the sound of crickets, so I enjoyed having one as an important component of this story and the hint of magic that came with it.

    And not to forget the whimsical way the story opens with a music competition between the cricket and the kettle - it's something I find very unique to Dickens works! Dec 21, Helga Cohen rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. This was a heartwarming classic in the Christmas series of books by Charles Dickens. The cricket in this book is the harbinger of the home of John Peerybingle and his wife Dot. The cricket on the hearth chirps when things go well and it is silent when there is sorrow. This is a touching story and classic Dickens.

    Oct 30, Tristram rated it it was ok Shelves: classic-english-literature. Six Legs but Hardly One to Stand on With all due respect to the achievements of Charles Dickens, who is one of my favourite writers, I think the above eight words quite an apt characterization of this chirp of a book Dickens published in as The Cricket on the Hearth. It was the third of five Christmas books the Inimitable wrote between and , and it is probably the one exception to the following statement made by R.

    And unfortunately the genius and the rubbish exist side by side in the same novels. It is hard to believe that the man who was on the verge of writing his most fascinating novels, who was a master of haunting prose and taunting satire could come up with such puerile prose and such a poor excuse of a story. The story itself centres on John Peerybingle — that name, indeed, is like the rest of the book —, an honest and rather straightforward haulier, who is led to believe by a bitter toy-merchant named Tackleton that his younger wife Dot does not truly love him and plans to run away with a former sweetheart of hers.

    It is due to the Cricket, the embodiment of hearth and home, however, that his spirit is uplifted and that he shows that even while he fears his wife will leave him he can muster up magnanimous generosity. There are also the stories of Tackleton, who wants to marry a girl much younger than himself, and of a father, Caleb Plummer, who tries to spare his daughter the grim realities of their miserable life by inventing all sorts of stories about their modest home and by presenting their surroundings in a rosy light to her.

    While that latter element was very touching, the rest of the book seemed like the recycling of elements Dickens had used in A Christmas Carol and The Chimes — only here, we have the Cricket and Fairies instead of ghosts and the magic chimes and view spoiler [the conversion of the mean-spirited and conniving Tackleton comes as an afterthought without being carefully developed in the story so that it is absolutely implausible. The story, which is somewhere in all those words, is a deplorably ramshackle vehicle, too, and most of it is actually reported in the dialogues — and monologues, oh those monologues — of the characters instead of being told first-hand.

    It is a bit of a jellyfish in that it has neither head nor tail. One might say that Dickens wrote this Christmas story because the public expected some such story of him at that time of year and because it would prove a good bargain for Dickens, who knew how to strike one if he saw it — but still I am afraid that the Inimitable actually liked this kind of infantile and pointless sentimentalism.

    Merry A welcome, short read. Enjoyable, with Dickens's quiet and light humour. Apr 16, Shannara Petty rated it liked it. It did take me a minute to learn all the names because it seemed like a lot of the characters had two names.