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Philip Van Doren Stern (1900–1984)

Autor(a) de The Portable Edgar Allan Poe

50+ Works 2,480 Membros 33 Reviews

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Obras de Philip Van Doren Stern

The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (1945) — Editor — 1,012 cópias, 10 resenhas
Secret Missions of the Civil War (1959) 370 cópias, 1 resenha
The Greatest Gift (1943) 193 cópias, 12 resenhas
The Pocket Book of Modern American Short Stories (1971) — Editor — 145 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Man Who Killed Lincoln (1939) 69 cópias
The Confederate Navy: A Pictorial History (1992) 63 cópias, 1 resenha
Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1945) — Editor — 56 cópias
The Pocket Reader (1941) 31 cópias
Great Ghost Stories (2012) — Editor — 29 cópias, 2 resenhas
Strange Beasts and Unnatural Monsters (1968) 29 cópias, 1 resenha
An End to Valor (1958) 25 cópias
Prologue to Sumter (1961) 23 cópias
The Other Side of the Clock (1969) 18 cópias
The Drums of Morning (2022) 16 cópias
The Pocket Companion (1942) 14 cópias
The Pocket Book of Ghost Stories (1947) 13 cópias, 1 resenha
The pocket book of America (1975) 10 cópias
The Midnight Reader (1942) 7 cópias
The beginnings of art (1973) 5 cópias
It Happened One Christmas [1977 TV movie] (1977) — Writer — 3 cópias
Evil is My Love 2 cópias
The thing in the brook 1 exemplar(es)
Travelers in Tiime 1 exemplar(es)
Lola: A Love Story 1 exemplar(es)
The Thousand-Mile War 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) — Editor, algumas edições; Introdução, algumas edições17,262 cópias, 191 resenhas
It's a Wonderful Life [1946 film] (1946) — Original text — 1,066 cópias, 12 resenhas
Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition (1854) — Editor, algumas edições646 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918 (1957) — Editor, algumas edições261 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln (1999) — Editor — 191 cópias, 1 resenha
Christmas Stars (1992) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias, 2 resenhas
No, But I Saw the Movie: The Best Short Stories Ever Made Into Film (1960) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Introdução, algumas edições67 cópias, 1 resenha
Selected Writings of Thomas De Quincey (1937) — Editor, algumas edições40 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Stern, Philip Van Doren
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA
Local de falecimento
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Locais de residência
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
New Jersey, USA
Rutgers University



Now, I'd like to start by saying I am not a very smart person and that might be why I struggled so much with this book. It was... quite a chore for me to read this.

I can't remember where I read it, but I really enjoyed the Tell-Tale Heart so I thought I would enjoy the rest of his stories, as well, but I was so very wrong. I'm not saying they are bad, not at all, but they just aren't for me. To me, these tales were very... dull and drawn out. Most of it went over my head and I found myself zoning out and having to reread several paragraphs multiple times before the words would take.

The strangest part is that this book felt almost supernatural. No matter how many pages I read, it never seemed to get shorter and it felt like it took ages to finish it. But maybe that's just because it was such a struggle to force myself to finish it, I don't know. It just felt like no matter how many pages I turned, it took longer than it should to reach the end.
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AnnoyingTiger888 | outras 9 resenhas | Feb 21, 2024 |
I can’t believe I’d never read the short story that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is based on! Obviously, a lot is different in the movie, but the core theme remains the same. I loved that this edition includes the background of the author coming up with the whole idea in a dream, and the director Frank Capra happening to get a hold of one of 200 copies that was sent out as a Christmas card in 1943. We truly never know how many lives we’ve touched.
bookworm12 | outras 11 resenhas | Dec 9, 2023 |
Double Review for "Wonderful Memories of It's A Wonderful Life" and "The Greatest Gift."

A fan of this heartwarming movie that only grows into an even bigger worldwide love every year, I picked up the first as an audio to listen to during this season. It gave me all the information about it that I never knew about. How the first story was written as a Christmas Card, the process of it becoming a movie, behind the scene adorable pieces, and how RKO made the snow we use in movies still today.

During the middle of this listen, I ordered my own copy of "The Greatest Gift," the short story the movie is based on. It did not disappoint and warmed my heart with the reading of its genesis, too.
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wanderlustlover | outras 11 resenhas | Dec 27, 2022 |
Husband, father, and small-town bank clerk George Pratt feels that while other men out there are leading exciting lives, his own work is dull and his life is pretty useless. Just when he's contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve, a mysterious stranger comes and stops George in The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern.

It's been years now since I first heard of this short story upon which the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life is based. I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me before to actually look up and read this original tale. But I do know it can be something of a letdown when you've got a beloved story embedded in your soul and then you check out another version of it, and it isn't the same.

Well. Although I can say that I do prefer the fuller development of the plot and characters in the classic motion picture that's one of my all-time favorite films, I'm pleased that I didn't picture George Pratt here as George Bailey, or the mysterious stranger as Clarence Odbody, George Bailey's guardian angel. For the most part, I enjoyed this short fantasy fiction tale for what it is: a short fantasy fiction tale. Not just a precursor to a movie.

And what George Pratt learns about the life he's been given is truly an uplifting and timeless message.
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NadineC.Keels | outras 11 resenhas | Jun 13, 2022 |



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