As the historian and writer Les Standiford notes, Charles Dickens’ famous tale A Christmas Story didn’t just change his life, it reinvented the way we celebrate the holiday.
In the fall of 1843, Charles Dickens was in something of a mid-life crisis. His marriage was troubled, his career tottering, his finances on the verge of collapse. He even considered giving up writing. He didn’t, of course. Instead, he wrote his most famous work, A Christmas Carol, in just six weeks, and then self-published it. As the historian and writer Les Standiford notes, Dickens’ famous Christmas tale didn’t just change his life, it reinvented the way we celebrate the holiday. Standiford joins us Monday to talk about A Christmas Carol. (Rebroadcast)
Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He's the author of many books, including The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.