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

ISBN-10: 0307405788
ISBN-13: 9780307405784
Edition: 2008
Authors: Les Standiford
List price: $19.95
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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 outA Christmas Carolhimself. 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 Christmasis a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.

Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He has lived in Miami since 1981.

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Mean Season
Let Nothing Ye Dismay
What Gift is This
Lang Syne
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Selected Bibliography
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