A Literary Christmas

An Anthology [CD]

The British Library

The British Library

Distributed for British Library

Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow
2 compact discs with booklet | © 2013
Compact Disc $25.00 ISBN: 9780712351300 Published December 2013 For sale in North and South America only
For as long as Christmas has been celebrated, poets and writers have sought to explore every aspect of it, from the story of the nativity to the festive traditions families worldwide have established over the centuries. And such works have forever changed the way we think about the holiday. Where would Christmas be today without Ebenezer Scrooge or “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”?  
           
A Literary Christmas is a seasonal compendium that collects poems, short stories, and prose by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’s Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the selections featured here are representative of times old and new. Readers will enjoy a convivial Christmas Day with Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Nancy Mitford; venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, Henry James, and Charles Dickens’s ever-popular Mr. Pickwick; and warm up by the fire with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, and Oscar Wilde. As a companion to the book, A Literary Christmas is also being released as a two-CD set, featuring readings of many of the same poems and prose extracts from the book.
             
An entertaining and instructive way to survey great literature, A Literary Christmas is the perfect gift for anyone seeking to start their own literary Christmas traditions.
Contents

Total Duration: 139 minutes

 

DISC ONE

 

BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 

1. Clement Clarke Moore

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 3.26

 

2. Laurie Lee

from Cider with Rosie

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 5.55

 

3. William Wordsworth

From The River Dudden

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 0.56

 

4. Emily Brontë

from Wuthering Heights

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 3.22

 

5. Charles Dickens

from A Christmas Carol

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 4.34

 

6. Thomas Hardy

The Oxen

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 0.52

 

7. Saki

Bertie’s Christmas Eve

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 11.55

 

THE NATIVITY

 

8. Christina Rossetti

A Christmas Carol

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.51

 

9. John Donne

Nativity

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 1.07

 

10. G K Chesterton

A Christmas Carol

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 0.56

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

11. Samuel Pepys

from his Diary

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 2.04

 

12. Anthony Trollope

From Orley Farm

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 6.07

 

13. Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas at Sea

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 3.15

 

14. George Eliot

from The Mill on the Floss

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 4.30

 

15. Rudyard Kipling

Christmas in India

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 4.30

 

16. Charles Dickens

from A Christmas Carol

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 4.47

 

17. Thomas Touser

Christmas Husbandly Fare

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 0.59

 

18. Thomas Haynes Bayly

The Mistletoe Bough

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.58

 

19. Nancy Mitford

from Christmas Pudding

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 7.52

 

DISC TWO

 

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS

 

1. Dylan Thomas

from A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 4.20

 

2. Kenneth Grahame

from The Wind in the Willows

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 7.19

 

3. Richard Middleton

The Carol of the Poor Children

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 1.25

 

4. Louisa May Alcott

from Little Women

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 9.42

 

5. George Mackay Brown

The Lost Boy

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 7.19

 

CHRISTMAS AT WAR

 

6. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmas Husbandly Fare

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.33

 

7. Thomas Hardy

A Christmas Ghost-Story

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 0.56

 

8. G K Chesterton

The Truce of Christmas

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.59

 

9. Cyril Winterbotham

A Christmas Prayer: From the Trenches

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 1.35

 

10. W H Davies

The Holly on the Wall

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.06

 

SEASONAL ICE AND SNOW

 

11. John Evelyn

from his Diary

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 3.53

 

12. John Gay

From Trivia, or The Art of Walking the Streets of London

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.17

 

13. Henry James

from English Hours

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 5.04

 

14. William Shakespeare

from As You like It

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 1.05

 

15. Jane Austen

from Emma

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 6.43

 

16. William Makepeace Thackeray

The Mahogany Tree

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.42

 

17. Charles Dickens

from The Pickwick Papers

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 7.46

 

NEW YEAR

 

18. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Dirge for the Year

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 1.19

 

19. Thomas Hood

Sonnet

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 0.57

 

20. Robert Herrick

Ceremony upon Candlemas Eve

Read by Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 0.37

 

21. Alfred Tennyson

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Read by Simon Callow

Duration: 1.30

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