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Citizen Dickens: Bringing 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' from Miami to the big screen

Citizen Dickens: Bringing 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' from Miami to the big screen

Last December, Miami author Les Standiford and bookseller Mitchell Kaplan stood on a soundstage in Dublin, waiting to hear the name of a certain miserly recluse: Ebenezer Scrooge.

The pair were watching a scene from the new film “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” based on Standiford’s 2008 book of the same name, in which Dickens is at home writing his soon-to-be famous novella “A Christmas Carol.” “Scrooge,” Dickens says to himself, chewing over the name. The word conjures Ebenezer himself, who appears in top hat and tails behind Dickens. The writer, played by Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, spins around to face his new character, portrayed in the film by Christopher...

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