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A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (Gift) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Charles Dickens , Nancy Mitford , Benjamin Zephaniah
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24 Oct 2013 Gift
'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

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712309683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712309684
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous writings - A literary feast! 4 Dec 2013
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I was thrilled when I saw this book in our local bookshop and promptly bought it and then another
and have since bought several copies as gifts from Amazon. I have always wanted a good anthology
of Christmas Stories and Poems and this attractive book offered exactly that and from a wealth of
writers and poets. Here are all the usual suspects from Charles Dickens to P.G. Wodehouse but also
Jane Austen to Benjamin Zephaniah. And yet the majority of the writings are refreshing discoveries
for me.

'A Literary Christmas: An Anthology' should provide enjoyable reading over the Christmas Holiday and
is so well presented it is a book to treasure and return to each year.

The writings are shining gems. What an excellent present for Christmas for anyone who wants to read
great literature.

Let's face it The British Library would do this well, wouldn't they?!

Just wanted to add that the CDs are the perfect accompaniment. The book is great but with the CDs too
it's fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology 12 Feb 2014
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An enjoyable mix of Christmas poetry and prose - nice to dip into or read through for young and old
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed. 17 Jan 2014
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Beautiful change from the usual Christmas music, to listen to the dulcet tones of Juliet and Simon retelling such wonderful tales.
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