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A Literary Christmas : An Anthology - Charles Dickens

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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 Christmasis 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.

About the Author

A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awareness to their plight, the downtrodden and the have-nots. He had his share of critics, like Virginia Woolf and Henry James, but also many admirers, even into the 21st Century.

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

ISBN: 9780712309684
ISBN-10: 0712309683
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 15th October 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5