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By Charles Dickens

ISBN-10: 0698170911

ISBN-13: 9780698170919

One of 5 loved Christmas classics
First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol used to be an fast vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and acquired out the 1st printing in days. Its reception used to be so ecstatic that it truly is credited with assisting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s business Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism ahead of taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and film adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are without end inscribed in our hearts and minds.

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His positive traits endeared him to Rome, but the historical Antony also had qualities perceived as faults, at least by supporters of his rival, Octavian, whose interpretation of events was the one lodged in records of the times. The philosopher and orator Cicero, for one, characterized Antony as lustful and drunken; others called him coarse and half-educated. Antony has been especially faulted for the cruelty with which he engaged in "prescriptions," or the execution of political enemies. Together he and Octavian arranged a massacre of their political foes, executing some 2,000 business and army men and 300 senators.

Enobarbus, Agrippa, and Maecenas—the right-hand men of Antony, Caesar, and Pompey, respectively—talk together, and Enobarbus describes the splendor of Antony and Cleopatra's first meeting, at which Cleopatra arrived on a magnificent barge. Antony will have to leave her after marrying Octavia, Maecenas says. Enobarbus's response is emphatic: Never. He will not. Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Other women cloy ITS MES ^ V O L U M E The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies.

Photograph. —Beowulf shears the head off Grendel, illustration. Corbis-Bettmann. Reproduced by permission. —Pilgrim's steps leading up to Trinity Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral, photograph. Angelo Hornak/CORBIS. Reproduced by permission. —Death register, tallying victims of the Great Plague of London, photograph. Nicole Duplaix/CORBIS. Reproduced by permission. —Great Fire of London, lithograph by Sir Christopher Wren. Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS. Reproduced by permission. —Byron, Lord George Gordon (sitting, wearing dressing gown, slippers), illustration.

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