The man who invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived OurHoliday 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
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subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary, Christmas -- England -- History -- 19th century, Christmas in literature, Christmas stories, English -- History and criticism, Dickens, Charles, -- 1812-1870. -- Christmas carol, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent
title_display The man who invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens's A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits
title_full The Man Who Invented Christmas How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived OurHoliday Spirits, The man who invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens's A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits / Les Standiford
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title_sub How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived OurHoliday Spirits
topic_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary, Biography & Autobiography, Christmas, Christmas in literature, Christmas stories, English, Dickens, Charles, History, History and criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literary Criticism, Nonfiction, RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent, Religion & Spirituality