A Literary Christmas

A Literary Christmas : An Anthology

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'If then, there is to be a festival, why should it not be the festival of Christmas?', asked Arnold Bennett. 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, or the festive traditions that have grown up over the centuries. A Literary Christmas is a seasonal compendium that collects together poems, short stories and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens's ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne's Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Talking Turkeys', from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to P G Wodehouse's wry short story about Christmas on a diet. Enjoy a convivial Christmas Day as described by Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot or Nancy Mitford. Venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, Henry James and Dickens's ever-popular Mr Pickwick. Entertain the children with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame and Oscar Wilde. For any lover of great literature, A Literary Christmas is the perfect gift. As a companion to the book, 'A literary Christmas' is also being released as a 2CD set at the same time. The audio recordings on the two discs feature readings of many of the same poems and prose extracts from the book.

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Product details

  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 124 x 142 x 10mm | 120g
  • The British Library Publishing Division
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0712351302
  • 9780712351300
  • 153,287

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Table of contents

BEFORE CHRISTMAS Clement Clarke Moore: The Night Before Christmas Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol [extract] Thomas Hardy: The Oxen Laurie Lee: Cider with Rosie [extract] William Wordsworth: Minstrels Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights [extract] Saki: Bertie's Christmas Eve THE NATIVITY Christina Rossetti: A Christmas Carol John Donne: Nativity William Blake: A Cradle Song G K Chesterton: A Christmas Carol AT CHRISTMAS Samuel Pepys: Diary [extract] George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss [extract] Robert Louis Stevenson: Christmas at Sea Anthony Trollope: Orley Farm [extract] Rudyard Kipling: Christmas in India Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol [extract 2] Thomas Tusser: Christmas Cheer Nancy Mitford: Christmas Pudding [extract] DISC TWO A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales [extract] Kenneth Grahame: Wind in the Willows [extract] Richard Middleton: Carol of the poor children Louisa May Alcott: Little Women [extract] George Mackay Brown: The Lost Boy CHRISTMAS AT WAR Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Christmas bells Thomas Hardy: A Christmas Ghost-Story Wilfred Owen: Winter Song Cyril Winterbotham: Christmas Prayer [From the Trenches] W H Davies: The Holly on the Wall SEASONAL ICE AND SNOW John Evelyn: Diary [edited extracts] John Gay: Trivia [extract] Jane Austen: Emma [extracts] Henry James: English Hours [extract] William Makepeace Thackeray: The Mahogany Tree William Shakespeare: As You Like It [extract] Charles Dickens: Pickwick Papers [extract] NEW YEAR Thomas Hood: Christmas Holidays Percy Bysshe Shelley: Dirge for the Year Alfred Tennyson: Ring out, wild bells Robert Herrick: Ceremony upon Candlemas Eve

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