Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 23

Cover, A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore, 1862

Cover, A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore, 1862

First published anonymously on December 23, 1823, Clement Moore did not acknowledge authorship of this poem until 1844.  Although Moore’s poem is largely responsible for the folklore surrounding Santa Claus from the early 19th century to the present, have any of you questioned the miniature sleigh, the tiny reindeer, and the jolly old elf, described as little several times — little old driver, little mouth, little round belly?  Maybe that is why all of us can envision Santa Claus coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Read more

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