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|Title: Christmas Stories|
By: Diane Secker Tesdell
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Random House
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.50 (inches)
|Weight: 15 ounces|
Series: Everyman's Library
Stock No: WW267177
Now joining Everymans Librarythe most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the worlds greatest worksis an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Classics format, perfect for gift giving and reading pleasure.
Christmas Stories is a treasury of short fiction by great writers of the past two centuriesfrom Dickens and Tolstoy to John Updike and Alice Munro. As a literary subject, Christmas has inspired everything from intimate domestic dramas to fanciful flights of the imagination, and the full range of its expression is represented in this wonderfully engaging anthology.
Goblins frolic in the graveyard of an early Dickens tale and a love-struck ghost disrupts a country estate in Elizabeth Bowens "Green Holly." The plight of the less fortunate haunts Chekhovs "Vanka" and Willa Cathers "The Burglars Christmas" but takes a boisterously comic turn in Damon Runyons "Dancing Dans Christmas" and in John Cheevers "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor." From Vladimir Nabokovs intensely moving story of a fathers grief in "Christmas" to Truman Capotes hilarious yet heartbreaking "A Christmas Memory," from Grace Paleys Jewish girl starring in the Christmas pageant in "The Loudest Voice" to the dysfunctional family ski holiday in Richard Fords "Crèche"each of the stories gathered here is imbued with Christmas spirit (of one kind or another), and all are richly and indelibly entertaining.
Diana Secker Tesdell is the editor of the Everyman's Pocket Classic anthologies Christmas Stories, Love Stories, Dog Stories, Cat Stories, Horse Stories, New York Stories, Bedtime Stories, Stories of Art and Artists, Stories of Fatherhood, Stories of Motherhood, Stories of the Sea, and Stories from the Kitchen, and of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet Lullabies and Poems for Children.
"A rich and classy story collection (with sewn-in red ribbon bookmark) by such literary greats as Dickens, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Cather, Nabokov, Cheever and Munro. If this were an assortment of chocolates, it would be a feast of the finest dark truffles--not a cheap, waxy bite in the bunch." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Think youve heard it all? Every tiny reindeer named, every Grinch ungrinched, all the ho-ho-hum holiday stories tediously read, recited, re-recited, the classics on a constant loop? Maybe not. Here are twenty Christmas tales, from Tolstoy to Richard Ford, as fresh as a Christmas Eve snowfall." Charles McNair, NPR.org