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A Literary Christmas

An Anthology

By (author) British Library
Format: Hardback
Publisher: British Library Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 2018
Dimensions: w 153mm h 213mm d 21mm
Weight: 540g
ISBN-10: 0712352767
ISBN-13: 9780712352765
Barcode No: 9780712352765
This seasonal compendium 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 story about Christmas on a diet. Enjoy a 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 Mr. Pickwick. Entertain the children with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, and Oscar Wilde.

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"It's as if the selection has come from the St Pancras behemoth itself and is all the better for it . . . a timeless and authoritative collection of festive writing." --New European