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