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    Description"Charles Dickens's" other "Christmas classic, with a new introduction by Dickens's great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens." Charles Dickens wrote "The Life of Our Lord" during the years 1846-1849, just about the time he was completing "David Copperfield." In this charming, simple retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, adapted from the Gospel of St. Luke, Dickens hoped to teach his young children about religion and faith. Since he wrote it exclusively for his children, Dickens refused to allow publication. For eighty-five years the manuscript was guarded as a precious family secret, and it was handed down from one relative to the next. When Dickens died in 1870, it was left to his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. From there it fell to Dickens's son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, with the admonition that it should not be published while any child of Dickens lived. Just before the 1933 holidays, Sir Henry, then the only living child of Dickens, died, leaving his father's manuscript to his wife and children. He also bequeathed to them the right to make the decision to publish "The Life of Our Lord." By majority vote, Sir Henry's widow and children decided to publish the book in London. In 1934, Simon & Schuster published the first American edition, which became one of the year's biggest bestsellers.


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    Title
    The Life of Our Lord
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Dickens
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 126
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 185 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 700 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684865379
    ISBN 10: 0684865378
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: FXX
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    BIC subject category V2: YFA, YNRB
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC21: 823.8
    BISAC V2.8: REL012000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12500
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading:
    ECPA Christian Book Category: FICGENFHS
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL067040
    Ingram Theme: THEO/CLASIC
    B&T Approval Code: C25102301, X01200000
    DC22: 232.9/01
    Ingram Subject Code: CS
    Libri: I-CS
    BISAC V2.8: JNF049020, BIO018000
    LC classification: BT302 .D5 1999
    Illustrations note
    facsim., port.
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    09 September 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    Reverend Frederick Buechner author of "On the Road with the Archangel" and "Listening to Your Life" Perhaps the most touching aspect of Charles Dickens's "The Life of Our Lord" is how in it he sets all his literary powers aside and tells the Gospel story in the simple, artless language of any father telling it to his children. It is not surprising, remembering his own troubled childhood as he was surely remembering it himself, that he sums up the Christian message by saying that it is to do good even to those who do evil to us and to be always gentle, merciful, and forgiving.
    Review text
    The sensation of the Spring - from the newspaper point of view - this publication of the story of Jesus, as Dickens wrote it for his own children, during the early reign of Queen Victoria. Most of you have seen it in newspaper syndication during the past weeks. Dummies of the trade edition have been generously distributed. The public has been reading news items about it for weeks. And the result - advance orders, both for the regular trade edition ($1.75) and for the limited ($10.00). If you have not seen the text - nor a dummy - don't expect anything controversial or sensational or particularly original. It is a version of the Gospel story, which conforms closely enough to that taught in Sunday Schools the country over, for it to be a sure item for the huge conservative market which seems always ready to absorb one more life of Christ. Its brevity and simplicity makes it admirable for children. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Flap copy
    Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord during the years 1846-1849, just about the time he was completing David Copperfield. In this charming, simple retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, adapted from the Gospel of St. Luke, Dickens hoped to teach his young children about religion and faith. Since he wrote it exclusively for his children, Dickens refused to allow publication.For eighty-five years the manuscript was guarded as a precious family secret, and it was handed down from one relative to the next. When Dickens died in 1870, it was left to his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. From there it fell to Dickens's son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, with the admonition that it should not be published while any child of Dickens lived.Just before the 1933 holidays, Sir Henry, then the only living child of Dickens, died, leaving his father's manuscript to his wife and children. He also bequeathed to them the right to make the decision to publish The Life of Our Lord. By majority vote, Sir Henry's widow and children decided to publish the book in London. In 1934, Simon & Schuster published the first American edition, which became one of the year's biggest bestsellers.