The rich history of the Yuletide masterpiece in the “theater of the mind,” both broadcast and on record from 1905 to today. With recollections by ARTHUR ANDERSON - LIONEL BARRYMORE - LONNIE BURR - TOMMY COOK - MICHAEL C. GWYNNE - VERE JOHNS - WILLIAM NADEL - DAILY PASKMAN - DICK VAN PATTEN - BASIL RATHBONE - SIMON “STUFFY” SINGER - and others. Includes the first-ever comprehensive Log of these Carols, and features many rare illustrations!
About the Author
CRAIG WICHMAN is an actor, writer, producer, and sometime portrayer of Ebenezer Scrooge.
“An exciting parade of little-known history of the Dickens classic woven by Craig Wichman into a tapestry that is both educational and entertaining. As one who heard Lionel Barrymore’s performances in my youth, the memories come rushing forth!”
-- BILL OWEN, former ABC radio/TV announcer and co-author of "The Big Broadcast"
"A lively, fascinating narrative that describes for history buffs, audio listeners and readers of all kinds one of the ways by which the English author's 1843 publication has endured all these years -- and where even today Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim still attract a loyal audience."
-- ARTHUR ANDERSON, veteran actor and the Mercury Theater's 1938 "Ghost of Christmas Past"
"A book that has been sorely needed for as long as I can remember, (in) an area shrouded in mystery and misinformation for non-specialists... Meticulously researched, well documented, and thoroughly enjoyable... A great read and an invaluable reference tool for many years to come."
-- FRED GUIDA, author of "A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: Dickens’s Story on Screen and Television"
"Wichman's prodigious research and breezy prose make this book a really good read... Informative, cheerful, and accessible... from broadcasts early in the last century right up to Modern Audio Drama..."
-- MARK ANDERSON, "Radio Recall"