Les Standiford "The Man Who Invented Christmas" (Crown)
Charles Dickens' career had hit its lowest point by eighteen-forty-three. He received scant praise for a string of lackluster works that followed the great success of his early novels. Then Dickens revived his stature and the holiday season itself with a tale about ghosts, a man who uttered 'bah humbug,' and a tiny boy named Tim. The story behind "A Christmas Carol"
Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami.