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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

(1943)
A Christmas Tale
A novel by

 
A beautiful gift edition of the heartwarming story that became the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

For almost seventy years, people the world over have fallen in love with Frank Capra's classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life. But few of those fans know that Capra's film was based on a short story by author Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night.

Unable at first to find a publisher for his evocative tale about a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his 1943 Christmas card. One of those 200 cards found its way into the hands of Frank Capra, who shared it with Jimmy Stewart, and the film that resulted became the holiday tradition we cherish today.

Now fans of It's a Wonderful Life, or anyone who loves the spirit of Christmas, can own the story that started it all in an elegant, illustrated edition that's perfect for holiday giving. It includes an Afterword by Stern's daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson, that tells the story of how her father's Christmas card became the movie beloved by generations of people around the world.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 085752321X / 9780857523211 (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: 1476778868 / 9781476778860 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

2012 : USA Leather Bound
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0615524567 / 9780615524566 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graphic Image
Availability: Amazon   

November 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0957025505 / 9780957025509 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

October 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 0957025513 / 9780957025516 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

November 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern, Scott McKowen
ISBN: 0670862045 / 9780670862047 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Press Inc
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon   

Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern
ISBN: 1442381582 / 9781442381582 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

October 2014 : UK Audible edition
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale (Unabridged)
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Stern Philip Van Doren
ISBN: 1575110172 / 9781575110172 (USA edition)
Publisher: Publishing Mills
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon   

Kindle Editions

November 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2014 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   

October 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
Author(s): Philip Van Doren Stern

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK   

 


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