Charles Dickens

These exquisite and collectible editions are published as a part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series. Designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, the series features editions that are bound in high-quality, colorful, and tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. The normally solitary Thomas Carlyle was said to have been “seized with a perfect convulsion of hospitality” after reading A Christmas Carol, and he proceeded to host not just one but two Christmas dinner parties as a result. It’s possible that the story’s influence wasn’t always as profound as it is now, but together with Dickens’s other Christmas works, it’s had a long-lasting and significant impact on how we think about the Christmas spirit and how the holiday should be used as a time for celebration, charity, and remembering the past.