Bah! Humbug!

At this time of the year, it’s refreshing to be reminded that Christmas has not always been such a big deal. In an interview in today’s Wall Street Journal, Les Standiford, author of The Man Who Invented Christmas, says that in the 1840’s, it was celebrated only in “rural areas by the more superstitious folk. Its status as a civil holiday was nil. Factories operated, shops were open.”

The man who helped to change all this, reviving his own career in the process, was Charles Dickens.

Standiford’s book is reviewed in the current issue of USA Today and has received strong reviews in the NYT Book Review and the Washington Post.

Most large libraries own it in limited quantities.

The Man Who Invented Christmas:

How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits

Les Standiford

  • Hardcover: $19.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (November 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307405788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405784

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