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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

(1943)
A Christmas Tale
A novel by

 
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.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0-85752-321-X / 978-0-85752-321-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 1-4767-7886-8 / 978-1-4767-7886-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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2012 : USA Leather Bound
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0-615-52456-7 / 978-0-615-52456-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graphic Image
Availability: Amazon   

November 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0-9570255-0-5 / 978-0-9570255-0-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd
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October 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0-9570255-1-3 / 978-0-9570255-1-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0-670-86204-5 / 978-0-670-86204-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Studio
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Audio Editions

December 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   

October 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 1-4423-8158-2 / 978-1-4423-8158-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   

November 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Stern Philip Van Doren
ISBN: 1-57511-017-2 / 978-1-57511-017-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Publishing Mills
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

 


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