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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford

Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Series: None
Author(s): Les Standiford
Genre: History
Publisher: Crown
Release Date: November 25, 2008
Finished: December 30 2009
Pages: 256
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: The literary history of Charles Dickens's books and influence on the holiday seasons. The book discusses Dickens role in the publishing of all his books, and how his holiday ghost tale, A Christmas Carol, effected many in Europe and America. This is a worthwhile read if you like Dickens.

Most interesting was this book's depictions of how the world of publishing worked in Dickens's day and the impact his stories had on people. It was unusual to discover that Dickens may have been the first commercial author to see others write "fan fiction" about his stories: there were apparently many different versions of his works in America before the real books appeared in the U.S.

About the Author: Les Standiford is the author of many books, some history and some mystery. Visit his website

1 comment:

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch A Christmas Carol, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.