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A Literary Christmas
A Literary Christmas

A Literary Christmas

An Anthology


152 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9780712352765

Rights: US, CA, SAM & MX

British Library Publishing (Nov 2018)

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A holiday collection of poems, prose, and short stories centered around Christmas

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. 


"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

"Who better to produce an anthology of festive treats than The British Library and the resultant A Literary Christmas is, as one would expect from this authority, the definitive Christmas collection this year." —NudgeBook

Author Biography

British Library Publishing produces fascinating and beautiful books related to the Library's uniquely rich collections.