The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
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The Greatest Gift, written by Philip Van Doren Stern, illustrations by Andrew Davidson

George Pratt has a moment of despair and ponders suicide by preparing to throw himself from a bridge on Christmas Eve.  He wishes he had never been born.  A mysterious stranger appears and shows him exactly what his town would be like if his unassuming life as he sees it; had never existed. 

This short story later became the basis for the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” and was adapted for the TV film “It Happened One Christmas”.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1476778868
ISBN-13: 9781476778860

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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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Philip Van Doren Stern (1900–1984) was an American author, editor, and Civil War historian whose story, “The Greatest Gift,” became the basis of the classic Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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