Two years ago, among his late father’s bookcases, Tom Glazer discovered a worn, palm-sized booklet published in 1944, about a man who was on the brink of suicide but was saved by a stranger.

Glazer Googled “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern and his heart thumped, for it was a story he knew well, a book that no publisher had wanted. But it was the seed that director Frank Capra and actor James Stewart nurtured into the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“It was just too hard to believe, that this movie I’ve seen year after year after year actually had its basis in a short story,” said Glazer…

So Glazer, 53, of Lido Beach, contacted the author’s daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson of Boston, and got the rights to publish the booklet. As a third-grader in 1943 Brooklyn, she had delivered some of the 24-page pamphlets that her father paid to have printed as Christmas cards…

‘Second Chance’ for classic Christmas Tale, Newsday, 12/20/2011

Try that one with your Kindle…if it still works…heh…

 

 

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