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The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits

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As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.

Synopsis:

With warmth, wit, and good cheer, Standiford shows how the unlikely success of "A Christmas Carol" revitalized Charles Dickens's languishing career and revived the celebration of the near-forgotten Christmas holiday.

Synopsis:

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His

About the Author

LES STANDIFORD is the author of the critically acclaimed Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, and Washington Burning, as well as ten novels. Recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, he is director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Nativity — Mean Season — Let Nothing Ye Dismay — What Gift Is This — Lang Syne.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449733
Subtitle:
How Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Standiford, Les
Author:
Les Standiford
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Dickens, Charles
Subject:
Christmas in literature
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081104
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
241

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Biography » General
Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Christianity » Christmas

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Product details 241 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307449733 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With warmth, wit, and good cheer, Standiford shows how the unlikely success of "A Christmas Carol" revitalized Charles Dickens's languishing career and revived the celebration of the near-forgotten Christmas holiday.
"Synopsis" by , As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His

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