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The Annotated Night Before Christmas: A Collection of Sequels, Parodies, and Imitations of Clement Moore's Immortal Ballad about Santa Claus

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These familiar words begin the classic poem that has become a staple of Americas annual Christmas ritual along with Dickenss A Christmas Carol and Dr. Seusss The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. But how many people know anything about the origin and history of this enduring holiday favorite? In this engrossing, superbly researched, and beautifully illustrated book, Martin Gardner traces the beginnings of this beloved poem and its gradual rise to fame as an indispensable part of our yearly Christmas celebration.

Beginning with a discussion about whether or not to allow children to believe in Santa Claus, Gardner recounts the history of the famous poem. In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore, a scholar of classical and Oriental languages, dashed off the ballad merely as a way of entertaining his two young daughters at Christmas. Originally titled "A Visit from Saint Nicholas", the poem describes an elf-sized Santa Claus and "tiny reindeer," so getting down the chimney was no stretch of the imagination. After the poem was published in a Troy, NY newspaper, its popularity quickly grew and the cult of Santa Claus took off. Copious illustrations show Santas evolution in the hands of various artists.

After setting forth the original poem, Martin Gardner proceeds to later imitations, parodies, and sequels, beginning with a series of hilarious specimens all titled "The Night After Christmas." The book concludes with a discussion of the only significant addition to the Santa Claus legend since Moores — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Born as the hero of a Montgomery Ward Christmas giveaway pamphlet, Rudolph became famous when songwriter Johnny Marks put him into a song that swept not only the nation but also the world.

This wonderful tribute to the greatest Christmas poem of all time is the perfect holiday gift and a superb addition to Christmas book collections.

Book News Annotation:

First published in 1991, this collection presents the history of the poem written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822 for his daughters, titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Gardner explains the evolution of Santa Claus, provides footnotes and a description of the text, and compiles several poems titled "The Night After Christmas," parodies, including those from Mad Magazine, and imitations since 1856. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is described, and historical illustrations are spread throughout the book. A postscript corrects errors to the 1991 first edition. No index is provided. Gardner is the author of approximately 100 books.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

First published in 1991, this collection presents the history of the poem written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822 for his daughters, titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Gardner explains the evolution of Santa Claus, provides footnotes and a description of the text, and compiles several poems titled "The Night After Christmas," parodies, including those from Mad Magazine, and imitations since 1856. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is described, and historical illustrations are spread throughout the book. A postscript corrects errors to the 1991 first edition. No index is provided. Gardner is the author of approximately 100 books. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this engrossing, superbly researched, and beautifully illustrated book, Gardner traces the origins of Clement Moore's immortal ballad about Santa Claus, then chronicles the sequels, parodies, and imitations that also became a part of the Christmas lexicon.

About the Author

Martin Gardner, the creator of Scientific Americans "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, is the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Ancient Mariner, Martin Gardners Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023036
Editor:
Gardner, Martin
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Editor:
Gardner, Martin
Author:
Gardner, Martin
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Santa claus
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
900x600

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Children's » Holidays » Christmas
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

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"Synopsis" by , In this engrossing, superbly researched, and beautifully illustrated book, Gardner traces the origins of Clement Moore's immortal ballad about Santa Claus, then chronicles the sequels, parodies, and imitations that also became a part of the Christmas lexicon.
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