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A Literary Christmas: An Anthology

by British Library (Editor), Arnold Bennett (Contributor)

Other authors: Louisa May Alcott (Contributor), Jane Austen (Contributor), Thomas Haynes Bayly (Contributor), Anne Brontë (Contributor), Emily Brontë (Contributor)39 more, George Mackay Brown (Contributor), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Contributor), G.K. Chesterton (Contributor), W.H. Davies (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), John Donne (Contributor), George Eliot (Contributor), John Evelyn (Contributor), John Gay (Contributor), Kenneth Grahame (Contributor), Thomas Hardy (Contributor), Robert Herrick (Contributor), Thomas Hood (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), D.H. Lawrence (Contributor), Laurie Lee (Contributor), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Contributor), Richard Middleton (Contributor), John Milton (Contributor), Nancy Mitford (Contributor), Clement Clarke Moore (Contributor), Samuel Pepys (Contributor), Christina Rossetti (Contributor), Saki (Contributor), William Shakespeare (Contributor), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Alfred Tennyson (Contributor), William Makepeace Thackeray (Contributor), Dylan Thomas (Contributor), Edward Thomas (Contributor), Anthony Trollope (Contributor), Thomas Tusser (Contributor), Cyril Winterbotham (Contributor), P.G. Wodehouse (Contributor), William Wordsworth (Contributor), Benjamin Zephaniah (Contributor)

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"For as long as Christmas has been celebrated, poets and writers have sought to explore every aspect of it, whether the story of the Nativity, gatherings with family and friends, or the festive traditions that have grown up over the centuries. A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology collecting poems, short stories and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language"--Jacket.… (more)

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Gift from Audrey Walstrom Gabbard
  DianeRuth | Jan 12, 2024 |
Reason read: its the season
I picked this up from Audible on sale. It is an anthology of Christmas tidbits from various British literary works such as;
Moore's A Visit from St Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas
A Christmas memory from Cider with Rosie (Laurie Lee)
Poetry; Wordsworth, Wadsworth, Shelley, Thomas Hood, Tennyson
Christmas Carol and other Dickens
Wuthering Heights
Thomas Hardy, The Oxen
A work of horror; The Mistletoe Bough
and others such as Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, Nancy Mitford, Louisa May Alcott, Thackeray. and so much more. ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 14, 2023 |
Spring 2018:

Where do I even start? How do I even quantify how beautiful this was, and how touching it was to listen to forty different pieces of preeminent poetry and prose from the literary canon. I can see myself putting this on, and letting it sing and read throughout my whole house, as I'm putting up the tree and all the decorations this coming after-Thanksgiving weekend. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 26, 2022 |
A nice little anthology (there is an audiobook available read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow). Most authors are British with the exception of "the usual suspects" -- Moore, Alcott, Longfellow, Irving -- and Henry James, who probably counts as British anyway. Much of the book consists of excerpts from longer works. Still, I would have given this book five stars but for the fact that the many lovely illustrations are completely uncredited, being in the public domain, except for the illustration from E. H. Shepard's drawing from The Wind in the Willows. I recognized Arthur Rackham and John Leech but it would have been nice to know the sources of the other illustrations; and a bit of information on the less well-known contributors would have been a good thing too. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 29, 2022 |
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Library, BritishEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, ArnoldContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alcott, Louisa MayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austen, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayly, Thomas HaynesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brontë, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brontë, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, George MackayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"For as long as Christmas has been celebrated, poets and writers have sought to explore every aspect of it, whether the story of the Nativity, gatherings with family and friends, or the festive traditions that have grown up over the centuries. A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology collecting poems, short stories and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language"--Jacket.

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  • Before Christmas
    • A Visit from St Nicholas / Clement Clarke Moore
    • From The Feast of St Friend / Arnold Bennett
    • The Gypsy / Edward Thomas
    • From Sons and Lovers / D.H. Lawrence
    • From Cider with Rosie / Laurie Lee
    • From The River Duddon / William Wordsworth
    • From Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
    • From A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens
    • The Oxen / Thomas Hardy
    • Bertie's Christmas Eve / Saki
  • The Nativity
    • A Christmas Carol / Christina Rossetti
    • From On the Morning of Christ's Nativity / John Milton
    • From The Virgin Mary to the Child Jesus / Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • A Christmas Carol / G.K. Chesterton
    • Nativity / John Donne
  • Christmas Day
    • From his Diary / Samuel Pepys
    • Music on Christmas Morning / Anne Brontë
    • From Orley Farm / Anthony Trollope
    • Christmas at Sea / Robert Louis Stevenson
    • From The Mill on the Floss / George Eliot
    • Christmas in India / Rudyard Kipling
    • The Mistletoe Bough / Thomas Haynes Bayly
    • From Christmas Pudding / Nancy Mitford
  • Christmas Fare
    • From "Old Christmas" in The Sketch Book of Washington Irving / Washington Irving
    • From A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens
    • Christmas Husbandly Fare, from Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie / Thomas Tusser
    • Talking Turkeys!! / Benjamin Zephaniah
    • Another Christmas Carol / P.G. Wodehouse
  • Christmas at War
    • Christmas Bells / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • A Christmas Ghost-Story / Thomas Hardy
    • A Christmas Prayer / Cyril Winterbotham
    • The Truce of Christmas / G.K. Chesterton
    • The Holly on the Wall / W.H. Davies
    • A Child's Christmas from A Child's Christmas in Wales / Dylan Thomas
    • From The Wind in the Willows / Kenneth Grahame
    • The Carol of the Poor Children / Richard Middleton
    • From Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
    • The Lost Boy / George Mackay Brown
  • Seasonal Snow and Ice
    • From his Diary / John Evelyn
    • From Trivia, or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London / John Gay
    • From English Hours / Henry James
    • From As You Like It / William Shakespeare
    • From Emma / Jane Austen
    • The Mahogany Tree / William Makepeace Thackeray
    • From The Pickwick Papers / Charles Dickens
  • New Year
    • Dirge for the Year / Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Ceremony Upon Candlemas Eve / Robert Herrick
    • Sonnet / Thomas Hood
    • Ring Out, Wild Bells, from In Memoriam / Alfred Tennyson
    • Auld Lang Syne / Robert Burns
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