Kelly Reviews The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford
The Man Who Invented Christmas is the charming story of how Charles Dickens’s popular novel A Christmas Carol rescued his career and revived the holiday spirit.
The novel tells the story of how Dickens personal experience of harsh working conditions and a deep sympathy for the poor informed much of his writing. Dicken’s, who was raised in a family whose fortunes were almost always under collapse was himself on the verge of financial ruin at the time of writing A Christmas Carol. The Man Who Invented Christmas introduces Dickens’s childhood, his rise as an author, and the values he held dear: championing of charity, helping the misfortunate, and a love for the family unit.
Dickens published twenty novels in his lifetime – including Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. In 1843 at the age of 31 and in just six short weeks, Dickens wrote what was to become known as his most beloved work. A Christmas Carol is the story of a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, haunted on Christmas Eve by his dead partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Although published more than 150 years ago, the novel has since spawned hundreds of live staging’s, films and television productions. The story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim played a vital role in revitalizing forgotten customs and introducing new ones that define the Christmas holiday as we know it today!
– Kelly Feldmann