Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 22

Marley's Ghost, A Christmas Carol, 1887

Marley's Ghost, A Christmas Carol, 1887

The Christmas Carol has been one of the most popular holiday stories since Charles Dickens first published it in December 1843, financing the costs of publication himself.  In the preface to the first edition of the text, Dickens writes:

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 21

Cover, Silhouettes and Songs Compiled by Edward Everett Hale

Cover, Silhouettes and Songs Compiled by Edward Everett Hale

Silhouettes and Songs, Illustrative of the Months was edited by Edward Everett Hale in 1877. The book opens with a poem entitled The Months excerpted from The Faerie Queene, an incomplete epic poem written by Edmund Spenser, published in two parts in the 16th century. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 20

Cover, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

Cover, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier’s poem chronicles a New England family and how they adapt to a snowstorm that roared on for three days.  Inspired by his family home, which today serves as a museum to the abolitionist Quaker, Whittier originally wrote this poem for his niece, Elizabeth.  The poem is dedicated To the memory of the household it describes.  First published in book length in 1866, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl became Whittier’s most popular poem.  The edition depicted above was inscribed as a Christmas present to Hattie Fowler by her father, Samuel, in 1868. Read more