A Christmas Carol is a book by Charles Dickens that was first published in 1843 with illustrations by John Leech. The story was instantly successful, selling over 6,000 copies in one week. It was originally written in six weeks under financial pressure to help Dickens to pay off a debt, while he was writing another Christmas story. Further Christmas books, essays, and stories followed annually (except in 1847) through 1867. However, none equaled A Christmas Carol in potency. Download and start listening now!