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Christmas stories
2007
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Summary

Now joining Everyman's Library--the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the world's greatest works--is 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 centuries--from 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 Bowen's "Green Holly." The plight of the less fortunate haunts Chekhov's "Vanka" and Willa Cather's "The Burglar's Christmas" but takes a boisterously comic turn in Damon Runyon's "Dancing Dan's Christmas" and in John Cheever's "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor." From Vladimir Nabokov's intensely moving story of a father's grief in "Christmas" to Truman Capote's hilarious yet heartbreaking "A Christmas Memory," from Grace Paley's Jewish girl starring in the Christmas pageant in "The Loudest Voice" to the dysfunctional family ski holiday in Richard Ford's "Crèche"--each of the stories gathered here is imbued with Christmas spirit (of one kind or another), and all are richly and indelibly entertaining.

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The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton (from The Pickwick Papers)
Nikolai Gogol The Night Before Christmas
Arthur Conan Doyle The Blue Carbuncle
Anthony Trollope Christmas at Thompson Hall
Leo Tolstoy Where Love is, God is
Anton Checkhov Vanka
Willa Cather The Burglar's Christmas
O. Henry A Chapparal Christmas Gift
Saki (H.H. Munro) Reginald's Christmas Revel
Vladimir Nabokov Christmas
Damon Runyon Dancing Dan's Christmas
Evelyn Waugh Bella Fleace Gave a Party
Elizabeth Bowen Green Holly
John Cheever Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor
Truman Capote A Christmas Memory
John Updike The Carol Sing
Muriel Spark Christmas Fugue
Grace Paley The Loudest Voice
Alice Munro The Turkey Season
Richard Ford Creche
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