A Literary Christmas by Lilly Golden
Great Contemporary Christmas Stories

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The finest writers throughout the centuries have graced us with their literary visions of Christmas. Charles Dickens, O. Henry, Truman Capote immediately come to mind. Dozens of collections contain history's best. But what has been sorely missed on bookstore shelves is a collection of great contemporary Christmas stories by today's most gifted writers. Here, gathered in one volume, are twenty-seven stories that celebrate the spirit of Christmas present. In Ray Bradbury's tale an aging priest becomes reconciled with his past on Christmas Eve, while in Frank O'Connor's story a young boy's Christmas morning brings the end of innocence in the devastating knowledge that there is no Santa Claus. Paul Bowles tells the traumatic account of a small boy's Christmas that is overshadowed by his cruel father, while Ron Carlson offers an inspiring story in which a loving husband's unspoken Christmas wish is granted when his wife tells him she wants to have a baby. Though these stories share the subject of Christmas, whether as a central theme or as subtext, each explores a unique aspect of the holiday season and its psychological and emotional reverberations. And most important, in each of these marvelous stories, some uplifting, some deeply melancholy, we are given a Christmas tale of the highest literary order.

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Published November 1, 1992 by Atlantic Monthly Pr. 321 pages
Genres: Cooking, Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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For every story with what Golden calls an ``emphasis on communion in a secular sense,'' such as Leo Rosten's ``The Night of the Magi'' and Ron Carlson's ``The H Street Sledding Record,'' a sweet paean to love and family life, there is one about loneliness and disaffection, such as Patricia Highsm...

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Stories by William Maxwell and Laurie Colwin chronicle the wonder of birth, describing how ordinary women become something extraordinary as mothers.

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