Item description for The Christmas Collection (Collections) by Christina Hardyment...
This is a look at Christmas through excerpts from Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, medieval recipes, poems by John Betjeman and C. Day Lewis. It also includes: a traditional Mummer's play and a Christmas sermon; two Victorian "weepies", "Christmas Day in the Workhouse" and "The Little Match Girl"; and an account of a 16-year-old girl's first married Christmas in 19th-century New York. Christmas music is also included.
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Christina Hardyment is the author of more than 10 books on literature and social history, including "Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands "and "The World of Arthur Ransome." She reviews regularly for the "Times "and the "Independent."
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Like a Christmas stocking full of goodies Dec 8, 2002
What Naxos has done here is put together an anthology of Christmas poetry, musings and other Christmas fair to serve up a delightful listen. Starting with an ancient Christmas carol and even a recipe circa 1300 the listener is treated to poetry, thoughts and reflections from various authors on what Christmas is, and is not about. I have to admit it took me a while to get into this recording but once I did I found myself touched by the Christmas spirit. Indeed I actually bought this last year and saved it for this year's holiday season to listen to. Among the poetry and observations, there are also a few short stories, and evena play. As well interspersed throughout the readings are Christmas carols and classical Christmas music. Its a fine collection although its mostly for adults. In adition one truly must be a lover of English literature to fully appreciate this anthology; the overall theme of this after all has to do with Christmas time in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I would highly recommended if one enjoys works and authors from these time periods. Its great to listen to with a cup of cocoa, or exotic coffee. This book contains 2 CDs and is read by a variety of readers. merry Christmas.