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by Les Standiford

eBook The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits ePub
Author: Les Standiford
Language: English
ISBN: 0307405788
ISBN13: 978-0307405784
Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
Pages: 256
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 243
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ePub file: 1510 kb
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The author did show how Dickens life growing up affected the writings of his books As you know, A Christmas Carol continues to endure despite the fact it’s been 150 years since its release; and has become a cherished holiday tradition celebrated i. .

The author did show how Dickens life growing up affected the writings of his books. His father did serve time in a debtors prison and that brought out a lot of what Dickens felt about charity, forbearance and also the ignorance of the times. Standiford also talked much about the publishing business in Europe and throughout the world. As you know, A Christmas Carol continues to endure despite the fact it’s been 150 years since its release; and has become a cherished holiday tradition celebrated in print, theatre and cinema.

Brief and lightweight story of the writing of A Christmas Carol. The author proclaims (at the end, unfortunately) that it is meant to be essentially a light little trifle, and indeed, it feels like .bit of a rip-off to pay full price for what is essentially a long New Yorker or Vanity Fair article

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241 pages ; 21 cm. With warmth, wit, and good cheer, Standiford shows how the unlikely success of "A Christmas Carol" revitalized Charles Dickens's languishing career and revived the celebration of the near-forgotten Christmas holiday. Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-241). Nativity - Mean Season - Let Nothing Ye Dismay - What Gift Is This - Lang Syne.

Over a feverish six weeks in 1843, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and, this book argues, reinvented the . How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. 241 pp. Crown Publishers.

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At the time, he was working mostly as a political journalist for the Morning Chronicle, a London newspaper. Did Charles Dickens really have a number of flops before publishing A Christmas Carol? Yes. At the time he was writing A Christmas Carol in 1843, his previous works were not earning much.

A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation.

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. 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.

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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.
6snake6
Very good short biography about Charles Dickens that focused on his writing of the Christmas Carol. I think the title is sort of mis-labled. I don't think the author shows that Dickens invented Christmas as much as he may have helped revive its popularity and made the customs of the season more sentimental. The author did show how Dickens life growing up affected the writings of his books. His father did serve time in a debtors prison and that brought out a lot of what Dickens felt about charity, forbearance and also the ignorance of the times. Standiford also talked much about the publishing business in Europe and throughout the world. Copyright laws were just starting to take hold and most countries had yet to recognize these laws from other countries. Dickens probably lost a lot of money to rip off copies of A Christmas Carol. Dickens struggled most of his time in trying get what he deserved from publishing his works. But the big thing to take from this book is how A Christmas Carol has held up over nearly 200 years. It is still the timeless classic as it always was. Many movies,TV shows,national and local productions are done of this story today and shows
no sign of slowing down. It will most likely still be just as popular in another 200 years.
Wafi
It was interesting. I feel a little let down since I bought the book thinking that it was a novelization of the movie (or, more accurately, the movie was an adaptation of the novel). Actually, the book is a nice historical examination of Charles Dickens' life. It did a very good job of doing what it set out to do, but I think the movie tie-in cover was a bit deceptive.
Charyoll
It happened one night in 1843, when a 31-year-old Charles Dickens wandered the streets of Manchester, England. Faced with financial ruin due to insurmountable debts, a troubled marriage and a career that teetered on the brink of doom; it was then a spark ignited—an idea that began to take shape for a new Christmas story and soon, Dickens would have no choice but to succumb to its power and write down his story that would forever instill the spirit of Christmas in the hearts and minds of the world.

Les Standiford’s “The Man Who Invented Christmas” invites us to travel back to that time during England’s Industrial Revolution where we retrace Dickens’ life from child laborer at the shoe-blacking factory through his education, his foray into the theatre and eventually, his career as one of the most beloved writers of literature, not to mention the author who embodies the very spirit of Christmas. Standiford also provides insight into the publishing industry of the day and retraces 2,000 years of Christmas traditions. But there’s a dark side to this story as well, one that the reader needs to understand about the socio-economic crisis that prevailed at the time—the abject poverty, ignorance and want of his fellow man, and how little, if anything, the government did to “make provisions for the poor.”

After declining sales and surly critics, not to mention the welfare of his fellow countrymen, Dickens knew he had to prove himself worthy to the critics, to his fans, not to mention his publishers. But also he had to awaken men’s souls, open the eyes of his readers to the deplorable state of welfare his fellow countrymen suffered. And he had just the story to do it. However, when he presented his "little Christmas book" to his publishers, they declined so entrepreneurial Dickens decided to write and self-publish the story himself, an exercise in vanity publishing, to quote the author.

With little time remaining before the holidays, Dickens completed his “Carol” in just six weeks' time by end of November, which left less than four weeks to design, print, market and publish 6,000 copies. By Dec. 19, mission accomplished and his “little Christmas book” sold out in four days. By the end of the year, second and third printings were scheduled for production.

Little could Dickens have known the ripple he was about to make in the cultural fabric of western civilization, an indelible mark imprinted upon the psyche of all who celebrate Christmas. As you know, “A Christmas Carol” continues to endure despite the fact it’s been 150 years since its release; and has become a cherished holiday tradition celebrated in print, theatre and cinema. To this day, many believe Dickens invented or “re-invented” Christmas, and as a result, ignited a flame that burns its brightest during the holidays, when charity and compassion and brotherly love come easy to all of us who celebrate the spirit of the season.

I hope you find this book as fascinating as I did and that a new tradition may have been born in the minds of all who read it. “God bless us, everyone!”
Braned
Obviously, Charles Dickens didn't "invent" Christmas as this book's title would indicate. He is not the reason for the season, after all. However, he did reinvent the holiday and much of how we celebrate is due to his book, A Christmas Carol.

This outstanding book is split between an examination of his interesting life, particularly as to how his popularity was flagging and his finances were dismal before A Christmas Carol, and a fascinating look at 19th century book publishing/bookselling. For most of Dickens' books, books were produced in the usual way. However, A Christmas Carol was published by Dickens himself in what today would be called self-published or vanity publishing. A third focus of this wonderful book is a look at the book himself, along with how/why its popularity has soared over the years.

Highly recommended!!
Kagaramar
I was disappointed by this book. Reviews made me think it would be wonderful. Well written and well researched but too much little detail about virtually every aspect of Dickens's life and career, of mid-1840s London, of his contemporaries who would also become famous, of the lack of observance of Christmas back then. Even so, it was a fairly short book. Maybe the focus was too small. But too much detail, no matter how engagingly written, becomes tiring after a while. I finally got to a point where I stopped reading and skimmed the rest.
Cesar
“Eliminate ignorance, Dickens dreamed in his Carol. Eliminate want. A tall order then, and a tall order now. But one does not need to be a social scientist to know that he identifies the true sources of misery in this world. And it is a mark of Dickens’s genius that we return eagerly to his hopeful vision—millions of us now—year after year. And vow to do the best we can.”
Iaran
Biographies of Dickens abound, even ward-winning ones, but this one is tied t0one of the world's best-known novels (or novellas), "ACC." Did Dickens "invent" Christmas? Well, he did...at least by popularizing all those aspects of Christmas that previously existed. And one more thing, too--through ACC, Dickens shifted the focus of the Season to family and forgiveness, all the while keeping Scrooge's transformation at the forefront so that we barely notice the real meaning of his novel. So, go read ACC again for the rest of your life.
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