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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 22

Our last few posts have concerned the Christmas presents that a couple of important American writers received from friends or family: specifically, the odd presents William Faulkner insisted on being given, and the rather splendid and life-changing present Harper Lee received. The earliest known use of the phrase ‘Christmas present’ […]

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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 21

Our exploration of noteworthy facts involving Christmas presents and American writers continues today. Yesterday we revealed the odd items which were the only Christmas presents William Faulkner would accept from his family. Today, we look at how a generous Christmas gift led to one of the most popular and enduring works […]

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10 Great Christmas Poems

10 of the best poems for Christmas, selected by Dr Oliver Tearle Stuck for a bit of festive-themed poetry this Christmas? Let us help. Here are our 10 quick holiday recommendations for the Christmas season. These are, we reckon, 10 of the greatest poems for the Christmas holidays, spanning over […]

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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 20

Yesterday we looked at one of the most important Christmas-themed works of twentieth-century American literature. Today, we’re sticking with twentieth-century American writers and moving on to the subject of Christmas gifts. William Faulkner (1897-1962), author of The Sound and the Fury (1929) and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in […]

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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 19

Yesterday we looked at an important literary influence on the American Christmas tradition, from the nineteenth century. Today, one of the most important twentieth-century literary contributions to Christmas, courtesy of a children’s writer whose books have sold over half a billion copies worldwide (but whose name most of us are […]