The Battle of Life is one of Charles Dickens lesser known stories. Unlike many of Charles Dickens Christmas tales it doesn’t contain reference to the supernatural. Written in three parts, it is an uplifting tale of winning one of the many wars fought in the battle of life.
The first part of the story provides the setting for the tale. This setting acts as a metaphor for the ensuing action. The widowed Doctor Jedder and his two daughters, Grace and Marion, live with the doctor’s ward, Alfred Heathfield, on the site of an ancient and bloody battle. The time when people shuddered to think of the cause of the fertility of the land has long since passed. Alfred Heathfield makes the connection between the actual battle and the metaphorical battles one faces in life.
This a first edition published by Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars in 1846. Cloth boards with gilded page edges some knocks to the spine and corners. faint owners name inside front cover as well as bookshop reference. Over all in very good condition.