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A collection of classic stories of Christmas features the work of Twain, Faulkner, Cather, Irving, O. Henry, Paley, Cheever, Bobbie Ann Mason, Langston Hughes, and others.
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These diverse, inviting American tales and sketches range from Washington Irving's cozy "Christmas Thoughts" (in which "heart calleth unto heart") to Bobbie Ann Mason's bittersweet "Drawing Names," in which a lover fails to keep a date. The season's downside is bravely represented, infusing this medley with a bracing contemporaneity. Sobering are two of the black authors' offerings: Frederick Douglass's "New Relations and Duties" describes what the revelry meant to a slave, while the white Santa of Langston Hughes's "One Christmas Eve" cruelly flusters a black child in order to amuse the others. Hortense Calisher's elegant "A Christmas Carillon" zeroes in on the need to "use the spurious to catch at the real." Richard Yates's "Oh Joseph, I'm So Tired" sensitively deals with anti-Semitism, while Edna Ferber's chilling "No Room at the Inn" shifts the Nativity to Nazi Germany. Impudent humor arises in Damon Runyon's update ("The Three Wise Guys"), which recasts kings as bootleggers. John Kendrick Bangs's "Thrulow's Christmas Story" and Christopher Morley's "The Worst Christmas" take digs at the writer's yearly task of grinding out yarns and doggerel. Tales to cheer traditionalists include Bret Harte's "How Santa Came to Simpson's Bar"; Sarah Orne Jewett's "Mrs. Parkins' Christmas Eve," about a stingy widow's conversion; Willa Cather's "The Burglar's Christmas," about a prodigal's homecoming; and L. Frank Baum's "How Santa Made the First Toy." Illustrations, like the stories, have been chosen from the collections of the New York Public Library.
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Book Description Hyperion, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1562829335
Book Description Hyperion, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111562829335