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Grant became interested in playing the lead role. Without turning around, George knows the brush was the one he had presented to her earlier. I’d say Capra’s interpretation of Van Greafest Stern’s idea helped keep both versions circulating in the minds of generations of people since the film’s release. By March RKO bought the movie rights to the story.

It may not be Christmas yet, but I don’t see how having the Christmas spirit in you all year long is a bad thing. But if you are a true buff, you will appreciate this little nugget on your shelf to refer to when you need the story again but don’t have strrn time for the movie. The moral of the story is to enjoy the little things. Having seen the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” which is based on this book va many times before reading the original story, I actually like it better than the book.

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In fact, I hope to stumble upon such precious jewels more often. It’s only short, but few stories can make you feel quite as Christmassy as this one! I know it’s hard to remember what you have but I think this story really dawns some light on the subject.

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With this book being the basis for my favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I just had to read it. Stern privately published the short story inand it was copyrighted in An interesting dorsn read, although I must admit – much to my shock – that I enjoyed the film more.

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

If you’ve seen the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, then there’s nothing new here for you. May 29, Pritha rated it it was amazing Shelves: After graduating from Rutgers inPhilip Van Doren Stern worked in advertising before switching to a career as a designer and editor in publishing. Holiday Hacks By Keith Bradford. Stephen’s Day Sol Invictus Yule. A nice, short little Christmas story. The only character in the original story that is real is their family dog, Brownie.

We had each other and our older sisters grew up together. Dec 14, Jeff rated it it was amazing.

We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Since he couldn’t get it published,he placed it in Christmas stfrn that were then sent to family and friends. At the bottom of page one I was predicting that George was thinking about suicide – by jumping off the bridge.


The Greatest Gift

Really, it is a short story. Dec 24, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: He suspected that maybe he wasn’t fluid enough in fiction writing for the story to flow quite the way he intended. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Still, it’s a great example of how a short, compact tale can pack a punch, particularly how it begins.

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale

This was so cute! You had the greatest gift of all conferred upon you—the gift of life, of being a part of this world and taking a part in it. See More New Releases. Must redeem within 90 days.

The studio soon ran into trouble though But more than that, there are consequences that happen through philup series of actions by a series of people. The classic movie It’s a wonderful life is based on it.