Classic, illustrated Christmas books available for free download from the Library of Congress

December 23, 2009

“Twas the night before Christmas and you’ve discovered you can no longer recite Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem in its entirety and you don’t own a copy of the book that was the basis for the both the Alistair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol”(featuring Patrick Macnee as young Jacob Marley) and Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Thanks to the Library of Congress, you can easy download copies of both “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” as PDFs — and these aren’t just any old versions. They’re copies of beautifully illustrated, digitized editions from the library’s rare books collection. You may also view them online in a easy to use reader.

Click here to download or read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and here to download “A Christmas Carol.”

You’ve seen the movies: Now read the books!

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