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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.

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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 OConnor 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.

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TheMadReader, January 26, 2012 (view all comments by TheMadReader)
Outstanding! Offering an entrancing intertwining of the tale of Dickens' life, the tale of the history of publishing in England, the tale of Christmas and how one amazing little tale has come to affect our culture so deeply. Standiford writes with grace and wit and offers plenty of historical context without becoming dull or tedious. What a lovely book!
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ISBN:
9780307405791
Author:
Standiford, Les
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
christmas;biography;dickens;non-fiction;history;charles dickens;books about books;england;a christmas carol;christmas carol
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.76 x 0.75 in 0.7 lb

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