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A Midnight Carol: How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas (A Novel)

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It was the bleakest winter of Charles Dickens's life. In 1843, with his most recent books bringing in almost no income and his wife pregnant with their fifth child, Dickens had to face facts. Only an innate sense of courage could make him risk losing everything and result in one of the greatest literary gifts ever given to the world: the magical A Christmas Carol.

In Patricia K. Davis's extraordinary fact-based novel, the writing of A Christmas Carol becomes a dramatic focal point in English history. Not only did it put Charles Dickens back on his feet and assure his future reputation as one of the most revered authors of all time, but it also made him a hero of his day. As we watch Dickens fight against crooked publishers and greedy creditors and get to know the historical figures of the times, we become immersed in a world imaginatively re-created by a talented new author. In the tradition of the bestsellers The Alienist and The Professor and the Madman, A Midnight Carol will enchant readers and prove a delightful Christmas gift tradition.

Review:

"This first novel is assured, sprightly and well-conceived, aptly depicting the conditions under which different social classes lived in 19th-century England, and vividly portraying the personality of the mercurial and headstrong Dickens....[R]eaders won't know exactly what is fictionalized and what is historical in this tale; however, the plot, setting and characterizations all make it a stocking-stuffer par excellence." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In A Midnight Carol Patricia Davis illuminates the dark and brilliant humanity of Charles Dickens — the man who lived a rags-to-riches life more remarkable than any of his stories." Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language and Anguished English

Review:

"This highly imaginative reconstruction of the genesis of everyone's most treasured Christmas story is truly magical in its seamless interweaving of literary history with biography, mystery with reality and comedy. Dickens must be dancing a joyous jig with Scrooge and Tiny Tim in heaven over this latest addition to the literature of his favorite season." Dr. William J. Palmer, author of The Detective and Mr. Dickens

Synopsis:

1843, London. Though the approaching Christmas looks bleak at the home of the Dickens family, Charles and his pregnant wife Catherine try to maintain good cheer for their four young children. Debts are mounting, food is scarce, and Charles' books — according to his miserly publisher — are no longer selling.

Then Charles has an idea, which comes to him in the ghostly form of Oliver Cromwell, the long-dead, spirit-crushing Lord Protector of England. A Christmas Carol will be Dickens' most brilliant work yet, both for its mass appeal and underlying political message. But many sinister forces oppose this success of this literary gem. And it is only through faith, kindness, and the innate goodness of mankind that A Christmas Carol will become a timeless classic — and that the young writer Charles Dickens will truly save Christmas of England...

Synopsis:

1843, London. Though the approaching Christmas looks bleak at the home of the Dickens family, Charles and his pregnant wife Catherine try to maintain a good cheer for their four young children. Debts are mounting, food is scarce, and Charles' books-according to his miserly publisher-are no longer selling.

The Charles has an idea, which comes to him in the ghostly form of Oliver Cromwell, the long-dead, spirit-crushing, Lord Protector of England. A Christmas Carol will be Dicken's most brilliant work yet, both for its mass appeal and underlying political message. But many sinister forces oppose the success of this literary gem. And it is only through faith, kindness and the innate goodness of mankind that A Christmas Carol will become a timeless classic-and that the young writer Charles Dickens will truly save Christmas for all of England...

About the Author

Patricia K. Davis was raised the daughter of a rear admiral in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps, living on both coasts and in Hawaii. During her father's tenure at Pearl Harbor, Davis fell in love with the writings of Charles Dickens. She has worked as a freelance writer for The San Diego Union and as a script analyst for several independent film companies. A Midnight Carol is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312245238
Subtitle:
A Novel of How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author:
Davis, Patricia K.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Holidays - Christmas
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
England
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Dickens, Charles
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
20001115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
6.74 x 4.24 x 0.555 in

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Product details 208 pages St. Martin's Press,1999. - English 9780312245238 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This first novel is assured, sprightly and well-conceived, aptly depicting the conditions under which different social classes lived in 19th-century England, and vividly portraying the personality of the mercurial and headstrong Dickens....[R]eaders won't know exactly what is fictionalized and what is historical in this tale; however, the plot, setting and characterizations all make it a stocking-stuffer par excellence."
"Review" by , "In A Midnight Carol Patricia Davis illuminates the dark and brilliant humanity of Charles Dickens — the man who lived a rags-to-riches life more remarkable than any of his stories."
"Review" by , "This highly imaginative reconstruction of the genesis of everyone's most treasured Christmas story is truly magical in its seamless interweaving of literary history with biography, mystery with reality and comedy. Dickens must be dancing a joyous jig with Scrooge and Tiny Tim in heaven over this latest addition to the literature of his favorite season."
"Synopsis" by , 1843, London. Though the approaching Christmas looks bleak at the home of the Dickens family, Charles and his pregnant wife Catherine try to maintain good cheer for their four young children. Debts are mounting, food is scarce, and Charles' books — according to his miserly publisher — are no longer selling.

Then Charles has an idea, which comes to him in the ghostly form of Oliver Cromwell, the long-dead, spirit-crushing Lord Protector of England. A Christmas Carol will be Dickens' most brilliant work yet, both for its mass appeal and underlying political message. But many sinister forces oppose this success of this literary gem. And it is only through faith, kindness, and the innate goodness of mankind that A Christmas Carol will become a timeless classic — and that the young writer Charles Dickens will truly save Christmas of England...

"Synopsis" by ,
1843, London. Though the approaching Christmas looks bleak at the home of the Dickens family, Charles and his pregnant wife Catherine try to maintain a good cheer for their four young children. Debts are mounting, food is scarce, and Charles' books-according to his miserly publisher-are no longer selling.

The Charles has an idea, which comes to him in the ghostly form of Oliver Cromwell, the long-dead, spirit-crushing, Lord Protector of England. A Christmas Carol will be Dicken's most brilliant work yet, both for its mass appeal and underlying political message. But many sinister forces oppose the success of this literary gem. And it is only through faith, kindness and the innate goodness of mankind that A Christmas Carol will become a timeless classic-and that the young writer Charles Dickens will truly save Christmas for all of England...

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