50 Classic Christmas Stories Vol. 2 (Golden Deer Classics)

50 Classic Christmas Stories Vol. 2 (Golden Deer Classics)

by Hezekiah ButterworthJames Whitcomb Riley John Bowring and others
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Publication Date: 23/11/2018

CONTENTS: HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH 1. First New England Christmas JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY 2. A Defective Santa Claus JOHN BOWRING 3. Watchman, Tell Us of the Night JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 4. A Christmas Carmen JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 5. The Mystic's Christmas L. FRANK BAUM 6. Little Bun Rabbit LEO TOLSTOY 7. A Russian Christmas Party LEO TOLSTOY 8. Papa Panov's Special Christmas LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON 9. Christmas LEWIS CARROLL 10. Christmas Greetings from a Fairy to a Child LOPE DE VEGA 11. A Christmas Cradlesong MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 12. A Stolen Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 13. Christmas Jenny MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 14. Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 15. Josiah's First Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 16. The Brownie's Xmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 17. The Christmas Ball MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 18. The Christmas Ghost MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 19. The Christmas Masquerade MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 20. The Gospel According to Joan MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 21. The Snowflake Tree MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 22. Not Quite True MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 23. The Christmas Princess FRANCIS PHARCELLUS CHURCH 24. Is There a Santa Claus? MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES 25. The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance MOTHER GOOSE 26. Little Jack Horner MRS. W. H. CORNING 27. A Western Christmas NAHUM TATE 28. Christmas OLIVE THORNE MILLER 29. The Telltale Tile O.HENRY 30. An Unfinished Christmas Story RICHMAL CROMPTON 31. The Christmas Present RICHMAL CROMPTON 32. William's New Year's Day ROBERT BROWNING 33. Christmas Eve ROBERT BURNS 34. Auld Lang Syne SAKI 35. Bertie's Christmas Eve SAKI 36. Reginald on Christmas Presents SAKI 37. Reginald's Christmas Revel SARA TEASDALE 38. Christmas Carol STEPHEN LEACOCK 39. A Christmas Letter STEPHEN LEACOCK 40. Merry Christmas STEPHEN LEACOCK 41. The Errors of Santa Claus THOMAS CHATTERTON 42. A Hymn for Christmas Day THOMAS HARDY 43. The Oxen THOMAS NELSON PAGE 44. How the Captain Made Christmas VIKTOR RYDBERG 45. Robin Goodfellow WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 46. Dr. Birch and His Young Friends WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 47. Mrs Perkins's Ball WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 48. Our Street WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 49. The Kickleburys on the Rhine WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 50. The Rose and the Ring

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L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum, born May 15 1856, was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.

His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).

On May 5, 1919, Baum suffered from a stroke. He died quietly the next day, nine days short of his 63rd birthday.His final Oz book, Glinda of Oz, was published on July 10, 1920, a year after his death. The Oz series was continued long after his death by other authors, notably Ruth Plumly Thompson, who wrote an additional nineteen Oz books.

Leo Tolstoy

Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest novelists.

Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written. War and Peace in particular seems virtually to define this form for many readers and critics. Among Tolstoy's shorter works, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is usually classed among the best examples of the novella. Especially during his last three decades Tolstoy also achieved world renown as a moral and religious teacher. His doctrine of nonresistance to evil had an important influence on Gandhi. Although Tolstoy's religious ideas no longer command the respect they once did, interest in his life and personality has, if anything, increased over the years.

Most readers will agree with the assessment of the 19th-century British poet and critic Matthew Arnold that a novel by Tolstoy is not a work of art but a piece of life; the 20th-century Russian author Isaak Babel commented that, if the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy. Critics of diverse schools have agreed that somehow Tolstoy's works seem to elude all artifice. Most have stressed his ability to observe the smallest changes of consciousness and to record the slightest movements of the body. What another novelist would describe as a single act of consciousness, Tolstoy convincingly breaks down into a series of infinitesimally small steps. According to the English writer Virginia Woolf, who took for granted that Tolstoy was “the greatest of all novelists,” these observational powers elicited a kind of fear in readers, who “wish to escape from the gaze which Tolstoy fixes on us.”

Those who visited Tolstoy as an old man also reported feelings of great discomfort when he appeared to understand their unspoken thoughts. It was commonplace to describe him as godlike in his powers and titanic in his struggles to escape the limitations of the human condition. Some viewed Tolstoy as the embodiment of nature and pure vitality, others saw him as the incarnation of the world's conscience, but for almost all who knew him or read his works, he was not just one of the greatest writers who ever lived but a living symbol of the search for life's meaning.

Richmal Crompton

Richmal Crompton was born in 1890 and is best known for her thirty-eight books featuring William Brown, which were published between 1922 and 1970. Born in Lancashire, Crompton won a scholarship to Royal Holloway in London, where she trained as a schoolteacher, graduating in 1914, before turning to writing full-time in 1923. Alongside the William novels, Crompton wrote forty-one novels for adults, as well as nine collections of short stories. She died in 1969.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870 1916) was a British author best known by his pen name Saki.

Although he wrote two novels and several political sketches most notably The Westminster Alice, a parody authorized by Carroll's publishers it is his large output of satirical short stories for which he is remembered, and is still considered one of the masters of the genre.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840. His first published novel was Desperate Remedies in 1871. Such was the success of these early works, which included A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), that he gave up his work as an architect to concentrate on his writing.

However, he had difficulty publishing Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1889) and was forced to make changes in order for it to be judged suitable for family readers. This, coupled with the stormy reaction to the negative tone of Jude the Obscure (1895), prompted Hardy to abandon writing novels altogether and he concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life. He died in January 1928.

William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta in 1811. On his way to England from India, the small Thackeray saw Napoleon on St Helena.

In 1837, Thackeray came to London and became a regular contributor to Fraser's Magazine. From 1842 to 1851, he was on the staff of Punch, and this was when he wrote Vanity Fair, the work which placed him in the first rank of novelists. He completed it when he was thirty-seven.

In 1857, Thackeray stood unsuccessfully as a parliamentary candidate for Oxford. In 1859 he took on the editorship of the Cornhill Magazine. He resigned the position in 1862 because kindliness and sensitivity of spirit made it difficult for him to turn down contributors.

Thackeray drew on his own experiences for his writing. He had a great weakness for gambling, a great desire for worldly success, and over his life hung the tragic illness of his wife Isabella, with whom he had hree daughters, one dying in infancy.

Thackeray died December 24, 1863. He was buried in Kensal Green, and a bust by Marochetti was put up to his memory in Westminster Abbey.

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