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

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Standiford, Les

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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. H...is 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9780307405791
Released NZ 15 Sep 2017
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780307405791
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House I
Released 15 Sep 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Standiford, Les
Category Literary Studies: General
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Christian worship
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 193mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 823.8
Weight 226g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Dickens, Charles, Christmas in literature, Christmas stories, English - History and criticism, Christmas - England - History - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade

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