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The Man Who Invented Christmas

(2008)
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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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November 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
ISBN: 0-307-40578-8 / 978-0-307-40578-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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October 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
ISBN: 0-307-40579-6 / 978-0-307-40579-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas (Movie Tie-In): Includes Charles Dickens's Classic A Christmas Carol: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
ISBN: 1-5247-6246-6 / 978-1-5247-6246-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Man Who Invented Christmas, The
Author(s): Les Standiford
ISBN: 1-5436-1963-0 / 978-1-5436-1963-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas (Movie Tie-In): How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2008 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Author(s): Les Standiford
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon CA