The Life of Our Lord is a book about the life of Jesus Christ written by English novelist Charles Dickens, for his young children, between 1846 and 1849, at about the time that he was writing David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord was published in 1934, 64 years after Dickens' death. The book begins: My Dear Children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was.

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  • The Life of Our Lord (esperante La Vivo de Nia Sinjoro Jesuo) estas libro pri la vivo de Jesuo Kristo verkita de la angla romanverkisto Charles Dickens, por siaj infanoj, inter 1846 kaj 1849, ĉirkaŭ la tempo, kiam li verkis David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord estis eldonita en 1934, 64 jarojn post la morto de Dickens. Kristano, Dickens verkis The Life of Our Lord speciale por siaj infanoj, al kiuj li laŭtlegis ĝin ĉiun Kristnaskon. Li strikte malpermesis publikigon de The Life dum sia propra vivo kaj petis al sia bofratino, Georgina Hogarth, ke ŝi certiĝu ke la familio Dickens "neniam transdonu la manuskripton, aŭ kopion de ĝi, al iu ajn por elpreni ekster la domon." Lia manskribita manuskripto estis transdonita al Georgina Hogarth post la morto de Dickens en 1870. Je ŝia morto en 1917, ĝi venis en la posedon de Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, la lasta postvivanta filo de Dickens. La familio Dickens daŭre legis ĝin ĉiun Kristnaskon kaj, laŭ peto de la aŭtoro, prokrastis la publikigon ĝis la lasta el la infanoj de Dickens mortis. Tiel komenciĝas la libro: Miaj karaj infanoj, mi tre deziras, ke vi sciu ion pri la historio de Jesuo Kristo. Ĉiu devus scii pri li. Neniam vivis iu ajn, kiu estis tiel bona, tiel afabla, tiel bonkora, kaj tiel plena de kompato, kiel estis li, por ĉiu kiu estas malbona aŭ iumaniere malsana aŭ malfeliĉa. (eo)
  • The Life of Our Lord is a book about the life of Jesus Christ written by English novelist Charles Dickens, for his young children, between 1846 and 1849, at about the time that he was writing David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord was published in 1934, 64 years after Dickens' death. A Christian, Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord exclusively for his children, to whom he read it aloud every Christmas. He strictly forbade publication of The Life during his own lifetime and begged his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth, to make sure that the Dickens family "would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house." His handwritten manuscript was passed down to Georgina Hogarth after Dickens's death in 1870. On her death in 1917, it came into the possession of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Dickens's last surviving son. The Dickens family continued to read it at every Christmas and, at the author's request, delayed publication until the last of Dickens's children had died. The book begins: My Dear Children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was. There then follows a simple account of Jesus's life and teachings, with an occasional touch of Dickens's humour: "You never saw a locust, because they belong to that country near Jerusalem, which is a great way off. So do camels, but I think you have seen a camel. At all events, they are brought over here, sometimes; and if you would like to see one, I will show you one." Occasionally, Victorian attitudes are apparent — Dickens writes that the Jewish Sabbath was Sunday, that Jews were "very ignorant and passionate," and also that "they were very proud, and believed that no people were good but themselves." In the remainder of the book Dickens concentrates on the miracles Jesus performed and on the lessons in charity, forgiveness, and compassion from which Christians can learn. On the death of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens in 1933, his will provided that, if the majority of his family were in favour of publication, The Life of Our Lord should be given to the world. By majority vote, Sir Henry's widow and children decided to publish the book in London. Through Curtis Brown Ltd., London literary agents, Lady Dickens sold world publication rights for The Life of Our Lord to the Daily Mail for $210,000. The first serial rights for North and South America went to United Feature Syndicate Inc., whose General Manager Monte Bourjaily outbid King Features Syndicate, Bell Syndicate, NANA, and NEA. United Features promptly resold The Life of Our Lord to a sufficient number of United States newspapers to avoid giving first publication to a magazine. It was first published, in serial form, in March 1934. In 1934, Simon & Schuster published the first American edition, which became one of the year's biggest bestsellers. In the United Kingdom it was published by Associated Newspapers Ltd, also in 1934. Dickens's original manuscript was purchased by a group of private collectors and in 1964 was presented to the Free Library of Philadelphia, which has held it ever since. To Begin With, an adaptation of The Life of Our Lord by Jeffrey Hatcher was performed by the author's great great grandson Gerald Charles Dickens in 2015 at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. The play was revived in 2017. (en)
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  • The Life of Our Lord (esperante La Vivo de Nia Sinjoro Jesuo) estas libro pri la vivo de Jesuo Kristo verkita de la angla romanverkisto Charles Dickens, por siaj infanoj, inter 1846 kaj 1849, ĉirkaŭ la tempo, kiam li verkis David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord estis eldonita en 1934, 64 jarojn post la morto de Dickens. Tiel komenciĝas la libro: (eo)
  • The Life of Our Lord is a book about the life of Jesus Christ written by English novelist Charles Dickens, for his young children, between 1846 and 1849, at about the time that he was writing David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord was published in 1934, 64 years after Dickens' death. The book begins: My Dear Children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was. (en)
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