The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how Charles Dickens revived the signal holiday of the Western world. Soon to be a major motion picture.
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lycomayflower - LibraryThing
Does what it says on the tin. I won't say that it doesn't do it well, because I suppose it does. Guess I was just expecting the story to be more interesting. In a nutshell, Dickens was in the midst of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nosajeel - LibraryThing
Excellent book. Like a well written novel (not Dickensian though, if you want that read Dickens). It is partly biography (focusing on a narrow slice of Dickens' life surrounding the 1843 publication ... Read full review
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