Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.
When Charles Dickens created the story that would become A Christmas Carol, little did he know that his “ghostly little book” would reinvent the way we celebrate Christmas. From a graveyard in Edinburgh to the Marshalsea Prison in London to his schoolboy years in Chatham and even his lifelong fascination with dance, so much of Dickens’ past and present are woven into the characters and themes of A Christmas Carol. And by understanding the story behind the story, readers will come to embrace the holiday classic all the more. To this day, we look to the Christmas season as a time of warmth and celebration among family, friends, and strangers alike. And every year at Christmastime, not only do our lives get better for all the festivity, but we get better, as people. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge.
Carlo DeVito is a notable publisher, editor, winemaker, and author of over a dozen books, including Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden and Inventing Scrooge. His books have been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and other national newspapers. As an editor and publisher, Carlo has acquired, edited, and published such authors as Stephen Hawking, Malachy McCourt, John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dee Brown, Dan Rather, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Eleanor Clift, Susie Bright, Jane Goodall, Philip Caputo, Julia Alvarez, Budd Schulberg, Haynes Johnson, Dr. Howard Shapiro, Bo Dietl, Thomas Hoving, Peter Kaminisky, and Penelope Hobhouse. Carlo and his wife own the highly acclaimed Hudson-Chatha Winery in Ghent, NY.
“If, like me, you love Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, then you will also love this book. Inventing Scrooge tells the story behind the writing and reception of what Dickens called his "ghostly little book." Carlo DeVito has done his homework, carefully researching the history behind the writing and publishing of A Christmas Carol. He shares his findings in a delightful and engaging style, offering us a deeper understanding of the book and the man who wrote it. As a bonus, DeVito narrates scenes of Dickens reading his tale. These stories are guaranteed to engage your imagination and move your heart. I commend this book with enthusiasm and gratitude.”
– Dr. Mark D. Roberts, H. E. Butt Family Foundation, author of Christmas According to Dickens
“Meticulously researched, Inventing Scrooge is a fascinating peek through history and into the creative process of one of the world’s greatest storytellers. DeVito’s delightfully engaging tale is worthy of becoming a holiday tradition itself.”
– Joelle Herr, author of Charles Dickens: The Complete Novels in One Sitting
"The book is a gold mine for Dickens fans, worth it for the thumbnail biography of Ebenezer Scroggie (Scrooge’s namesake) alone… Inventing Scrooge is a beautiful history of a holiday classic and a brilliant peek behind the curtains at the creative process.”