The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Philip Van Doren Stern

Philip Van Doren Stern was born in Pennsylvania in 1900 and died in 1984. A prominent author, historian, and editor, he served as general manager of Editions for the Armed Services during World War II. Stern's books include the definitive Civil War histories An End to Valor and The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. He also edited the work of Thomas De Quincey, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln. Stern is perhaps best known for his short story, 'The Greatest Gift,' which inspired Frank Capra's classic film It's a Wonderful Life.

Stories by Philip Van Doren Stern published in Zoetrope: All-Story:
 The Greatest Gift, Vol. 5, No. 4