The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life

The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life

The Greatest Gift The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It s a Wonderful Life 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 throu

  • Title: The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life
  • Author: Philip Van Doren Stern
  • ISBN: 9780670862047
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 auFew 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.

    • Free Download [Suspense Book] ☆ The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life - by Philip Van Doren Stern ↠
      339 Philip Van Doren Stern
    • thumbnail Title: Free Download [Suspense Book] ☆ The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life - by Philip Van Doren Stern ↠
      Posted by:Philip Van Doren Stern
      Published :2019-04-06T01:15:12+00:00

    144 Comment

    I love Frank Capra's It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all. The short story and the movie have differences but the basic story line and the meaning ring true. It was interesting to read the story and see the difference, which any fan of the movie would truly enjoy. The Afterword by Philip Can Doren Stern's daughter is interesting regarding the conception of the story and how it came to Capra. The book is really good but the movie takes it up another l [...]

    “You had the greatest gift of all conferred upon you-the gift of life, of being part of this world and taking a part in it. Yet you denied that gift.”“I thought I’d lost you. Oh, Mary, I thought I’d lost you!”The same idea of "It's a wonderful Life" but the events are a little bit different.A wonderful story Recommended to anyone.

    What can you say about a classic? "It's a Wonderful Life" is a favorite movie that I have watched at Christmas time since forever. I just read the original story and was wowed at how a 24 page Christmas card could express such a special thought and then inspire a fantastic movie. This was definitely worth a read.

    It's A Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite movie. I have watched it countless times, and not just during the holidays. I watch it to calm me when I'm not doing so well. My love for the movie led me to purchase this book, as I was intrigued by the idea that it all started with a little Christmas card. I have watched the interviews with the actors and director, all pointing toward the original story. I wanted to know exactly what the story was. I'll admit it was a bit different than I expected, [...]

    I'm glad I was able to read this short story that provided the idea for the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life".

    It's only short, but few stories can make you feel quite as Christmassy as this one! How wonderful! :)

    I'm not sure how Frank Capra came across this story but I'm glad he did because otherwise we wouldn't have the film It's a Wonderful Life, which of the two tells the story much better and it's a story that everyone probably needs to see, at least once in their lives. There are a number of changes from the story to the film: George's last name is not Bailey but Pratt in the original story; he doesn't work at the Building & Loan, trying to keep it out of Potter's grubby fingers, but rather at [...]

    Just had to read this after viewing the film based upon this work.Many differences from the film version, as is usual with Hollywood adaptions, but those original portrayals of characters, events, etc are the simplistic treasures one finds when engaged with original source documents/works.Read for personal pleasure and research. I found this work of immense interest.I found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - Overall, this work is also a good resource for the researcher and enthusiast.E [...]

    This book is really worth the read, especially if, like me, your favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life." The original story is very simple, but still heartfelt. In comparison, the movie is much more layered and complex. But, still, the spirit and theme of the story--the worth of every single person--is the same in each. As such, it's fun to compare the two. However, the best part of this book is the afterward, which goes into the history of the story as well as Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart's [...]

    It's a Wonderful Life has been one of my favorite movies from when I was little and my family watched it every Christmas.How did I not know it was based on a book?This story was delightful. Getting to read the short story the movie was based on made me love both even more. Wonderfully sweet and delightfully inspirational.

    This little story by Philip Van Doren Stern is the one that inspired the movie It's a Wonderful Life. I picked it up on a whim off the holiday shelf at the public library. Like many families, we watch the movie perennially, and I was curious to learn its roots.The story itself is very simple as compared to the movie. There is little character development, and some of the best known characters from the movie are missing, i.e. Potter, Uncle Billy, Violet, and the policeman/cab driver duo. Yet the [...]

    In the 2011 Christmas episode "Holidays of Future Passed" on The Simpsons you'll find one of my favorite holiday jokes. Homer finds himself contemplating what his life would be like if he'd never seen the movie It's A Wonderful Life. Not only have we all seen the classic Jimmy Stewart movie umpteen times, but many of us have seen the endless re-makes, adaptations, and re-tellings of the familiar story told each year on television episodes, specials and movies. Some of them are done creatively an [...]

    Have you heard of The Greatest Gift? Are you familiar with the Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life? The Greatest Gift was the inspiration for that classic film! The first time I heard about it was after my high school production of It's a Wonderful Life. My parents gifted me a hard copy of The Greatest Gift. I was not familiar with this little book and mum explained that this book was the inspiration for the play I recently participated in at school. Thanks, Mum for the introduction!I was so [...]

    This is a short story that no publisher wanted. So, it was privately printed in 1943 and distributed as a Christmas card to a select group of friends. Somehow a copy found its way into the hands of a Hollywood producer and the author was stunned to get a telegram saying the movie rights had been sold! It took three screenwriters and a director and lead actor who believed in the story to eventually produce It’s a Wonderful Life (directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart). To mark the 5 [...]

    This is the book that started a tradition for many at the Christmas-New Years holiday tradition. The book that the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" was written from. The book is different than the movie but not by much. I listened to it on CD and the guy that read it sounded just like "Clarence" from the movie. He did a wonderful job at changing his voice for the different characters and situations. I think listening to it brought the meaning 'home' to me more than it would have had I just read it. [...]

    In case you didn't know, this short book became the basis for Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." It's my favorite Christmas movie of all time, so when I found out about "The Greatest Gift," I had to read it.Honestly, the movie is better. But for a short story, the book is still a worthwhile read. You can read it in an afternoon. I read it today while getting a pedicure. It is the book that inspired a worldwide Christmas classic -- for that reason alone, I feel it deserves five stars.Somethin [...]

    The Greatest Gift is best know as the inspiration for Frank Capra's beloved It's A Wonderful Life. This short story was a surprise to me not only because of how enchanting it is, putting life in perspective, but also because of the differences between this and it's adapted movie. First off, there is no Uncle Billy or Mr. Potter, George Bailey is not even George Baily, he is George Pratt. It made me realize how much Frank Capra added to It's A Wonderful Life, although how could you make a two hou [...]

    Anyone who likes the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" will love this book. It is the original short story that inspired the movie. Sent originally as a Christmas card, the movie rights were purchased and after several tries it became the beloved Christmas classic that it is today. The short story has obvious differences from the movie, but it stands up on its own and is a great story to read and reread every Christmas (or any other time of the year). I especially appreciated the Afterword that was [...]

    In this book that inspired one of my favorite movies, "It's a Wonderful Life", George Bailey is George Pratt. And if George had never been born, Mary would've been miserably married to George's rival Art Jenkins instead of being an old-maid librarian. Some of the characters that are central to the movie, like Mr. Potter and Uncle Billy, are absent from this original version. Although Frank Capra changed some of the details of this very familiar story in order to flesh out the film version, he st [...]

    The story that was the original inspiration for the film "It's a Wonderful Life." The story certainly lacks most of the details of the film, as well as the bulk of its emotional impact, but it was still fun to read and to find little similarities here and there Also, the illustrations were beautiful.A fun quote "After all, the place you grew up in was the one spot on earth where you could really feel at home." (Currently experiencing this sentiment firsthand while home for the holidays)

    I was really surprised and excited when I saw this book in a store and learned that It's a Wonderful Life (a movie I grew up with and love) was based on this short story. This is a short and simple, but very profound story. I love it's message and everything that came out of it. This is a new gift edition that came out which includes the original story as well messages from the authors daughter and people involved in the movie.

    A dark and delicate slip of a story. Where the movie adaptation of Stern's story gives George an endearing history, the original incarnation of George isn't wrought with guilt over personal mistakes but rather is simply bored with his live. I found that this almost made his character more pathetic and pitiable- for he can not even see the small joys in his own life without trials to block his view. Take a few minutes to read Stern's very short story this holiday season.

    I read this book in an hour. The Greatest Gift is the reason why we have the Christmas Classic "It's a Wonderful Life" and I feel more complete for having read this item. Short, sweet, moving this quick read has the power to make you sit back and evaluate how your life is. I think I enjoyed it more having seen the movie so much. I was able to read between the lines and it meant more to me. Highly recommended for the holiday season.

    Had to read the inspiration to It's a Wonderful Life! Knowing the movie so well, I can say that Frank Capra really captured this little story. What I found most interesting was that Philip Van Doren Stern was a historian and wrote only non-fiction until this story came to him while he was shaving one day. He wrote it down and worked with it until he was happy and sent it out as a Christmas card. The right person read it and boom! we all get to enjoy it!

    Interesting to listen to (or read) as it's the basis for Capra's more famous and expansive film, It's a Wonderful Life. The story is so brief that it's hard to imagine it as the film, though the kernel is there. An afterword talks about the life of the story, how the author couldn't get it published and sent it out as a Christmas card. Capra discovered and bought the rights and created his memorable film. A must for fans of the film.

    This is the short story that the movie It's a Wonderful Life is based on. It is a charming read and I really enjoyed it. The author originally sent the story out as Christmas cards in 1944 when he was unable to find anyone to publish his "fantasy" story. Well, fortunately for us, Frank Capra managed to receive a copy of one of the original cards that Mr. Van Doren Stern had sent out, and the rest as they say, "Is history."

    I seldom list short stories but this is different. It is the genesis story that eventually became a favorite movie. The story itself is fantastic. However, if you are expecting the movie story you will be in for a surprise. This book also has a fantastic Afterword written by the authors daughter in 1996. In it she tells how the story came to be, it's lack of finding a publication home and then details of it being made into a movie. It interesting reading for anyone interested with the fold.

    It's a wonderful life has always been the movie that I watch whenever I am down in the dump. I've finally had the chance to read the original story and I could say it's simple and charming. Of course it didn't have the same effect as the film but it followed the same premise.Always appreciate what you have accomplished in life, you presence has changed the world you know.

    I kind of wish I could give it 2.5 stars. I liked it okay and it was short but I just like the movie better. They are similar but there are differences. The movie expands what happens in this short story and it is interesting and freely available on the internet so it's not a bad read but I found it okay.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *