The Greatest Gift [Philip Van Doren Stern] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The short story that inspired the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is. : The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale (): Philip Van Doren Stern: Books. 6 Nov But few of those fans know that Capra’s film was based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night.

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They understood the moral of the story as they’ve already been through their own tragedies in their very young lives and remember the community coming in to help their family. Dec 28, Krista rated it really liked it Shelves: He was the general manager of Editions for the Armed Services, which resized popular books so Americans serving in the military could store them in the pockets of their uniforms.

I am a huge fan of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, so I ordered the inspiration behind it. Read reviews that mention wonderful life van doren doren stern short story greatest gift frank capra world war christmas card george bailey philip van movie wonderful george pratt christmas classic sent him a christmas original story read the ggeatest name based changed copy.

They quickly fall for each other, but is everything as it seems? Unable to find a publisher for his evocative sterh about a greagest who ponders suicide until he sees what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his Christmas card. Frank Capra somehow got a copy of the story and allegedly said something in line with having waited all his life to find The Greatest Gift.


In fact, I hope to stumble upon such precious jewels more often.

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale

However, as I commented in my appreciation about the reading value of The Diary of a Young Girlwhere I pointed out that it was a personal diary, written by a teenager, without caring greeatest any coherency, or even having a proper ending due understandable reasons but still hardly a good example of a typical book in the genre phikip a memoir. The rest is history. I was not disappointed, although it is very different from the movie, I enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed it very much.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Nothing else about him was noteworthy. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But then you meet a rock star on a plane to Italy. Capra got in touch with old friend Jimmy Stewart who had been in a few Capra films previously and also newly back from serving in WW2 and quickly got him signed on to play George Bailey.

See all 2 images. Looking at the story as if the movie had not been made, it was a great little read with a sern heart to it!

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The man tells George that he should take the bag with him and pretend to be a door-to-door brush salesman if anyone addresses him. Well, Van Doren Stern, an editor for a publishing house that printed travel-size books for armed service members, first wrote up the story in after being inspired by a particularly vivid dream.


One of those two hundred 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. I might just as well be dead. The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life: Looking for a gift that will light up your children’s eyes? Screenwriting from Iowa …and Other Unlikely Places. Quotes from The Greatest Gift Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.

In the reality in which George was never born, Mary never marries in the film, but in the story she marries a man named Art Jenkins. I read 4 different Christmas books this December and somehow this super short story was the best of them! An gict Christmas tale of self-forgiveness and becoming the person you were meant to be. Will Donna survive what nature in all its ferocity has to offer? Dec 30, Gabriela rated it really liked it Shelves: The It’s a Wonderful Life Book.

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As he stands on a bridge on Christmas Evehe is approached by a strange, unpleasantly dressed but well-mannered man with a bag.