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The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life by Philip Van Doren Stern Online



The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life

The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life

  • Title: The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life
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  • ISBN : 9780670862047
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 80 pages


Few films have become a part of the fabric of American life as much as Frank Capra s classic It s a Wonderful Life Every Christmas, Americans reopen their hearts to Jimmy Stewart and his journey through Bedford Falls Yet few of us know that the movie was based on The Greatest Gift, a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, privately printed as a Christmas card to the au Few films have become a part of the fabric of American life as much as Frank Capra s classic It s a Wonderful Life Every Christmas, Americans reopen their hearts to Jimmy Stewart and his journey through Bedford Falls Yet few of us know that the movie was based on The Greatest Gift, a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, privately printed as a Christmas card to the author s friends in 1943 This deluxe edition of The Greatest Gift marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of It s a Wonderful Life Delighted readers will immediately recognize George Bailey from the movie together with the guardian angel, the snowy scene on the bridge, and Bedford Falls and will identify with George s realization that life is a gift and every individual indispensable Specially commissioned artwork illustrates scenes from The Greatest Gift, and an afterword by the author s daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson, reveals how this enchanting story inspired the beloved movie


Author Philip Van Doren Stern

Philip Van Doren Stern was an American author, editor, and Civil War historian whose story The Greatest Gift, published in 1943, inspired the classic Christmas film It s a Wonderful Life 1946.Philip Van Doren Stern was born in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania into a family of humble means His Pennsylvania born father was a traveling merchant of Bavarian descent, who came to Wyalusing from West Virgini




The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life Reviews (31)

  • A priceless importance due the film that inspired NO MAN IS A FAILURE WHO HAS FRIENDS It s not rare if you haven t read this short story or even know about it But certainly it could be quite rare if you haven t watched, at least once, the film that inspired The Greatest Gift, by Phillip Van D [..]

  • 4 stars for this 1943 short story, and an extra half star for its having inspired one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, It s a Wonderful Life, the great movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart Other men are leading exciting lives, but I well, I m just a small town [..]

  • I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God, let me live again Heartwarming and inspirational.As a collector of Christmas books, I am so glad that I found this one as it was the inspiration for the movie, It s a Wonderful Life I didn t realize until reading the Afterwor [..]

  • 4.5 I read this here Just be aware that there are a lot of typos in this edition.Also I must be one of the few in the English speaking world who hasn t seen It s a Wonderful Life. Maybe if we still had Sky TVThis was such a sweet, heartwarming story with a moral of counting your blessings It [..]

  • Best known for its movie adaptation It s a Wonderful Life , this really touching tale really highlights the importance of friendship and family.As George Bailey contemplates suicide, he s visited by a guardian angle Clarence.Clarence reveals to George how many lives he has touched in the town of Bed [..]

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