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Inventing Scrooge

Inventing Scrooge

The Incredible True Story Behind Charles Dickens’ Legendary "A Christmas Carol"

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story that would become A Christmas Carol, little did he know that his “ghostly little book” would reinvent the way we celebrate Christmas. From a graveyard in Edinburgh to the Marshalsea Prison in London to his schoolboy years in Chatham and even his lifelong fascination with dance, so much of Dickens’ past and present are woven into the characters and themes of A Christmas Carol. And by understanding the story behind the story, readers will come to embrace the holiday classic all the more. To this day, we look to the Christmas season as a time of warmth and celebration among family, friends, and strangers alike. And every year at Christmastime, not only do our lives get better for all the festivity, but we get better, as people. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge.
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  • Cider Mill Press | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781604335002 | 
  • September 2014
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About the Author

Carlo DeVito

Carlo DeVito is a longtime publishing executive, who has worked with many of the nation’s major historians. He is also the author of Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden and Inventing Scrooge. His work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Hartford Courant. Carlo lives with his family in Ghent, NY at the Hudson-Chatham Winery.

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