Christmas Stories

John Miller, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, John Miller, Editor Chronicle Books $17.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8118-0345-8
James Thurber's curmudgeonly satire on the American mania for sending Christmas cards, John Cheever's bittersweet tale of a lonely New York elevator operator, Anne Sexton's deeply ambivalent lyric poem to her mother and Alex Haley's dramatic story of a slave rebellion on Christmas Eve are among the offerings in this eclectic Christmas sampler. Along with chestnuts like Dickens's ``A Christmas Tree'' and Laura Ingalls Wilder's ``A Merry Christmas,'' this beautifully designed volume includes more unconventional fare, such as Strindberg's brooding symbolist playlet ``The Respite,'' Dostoevsky's account of drunken holiday cheer in a Siberian labor camp and Clarence Major's tangy story, ``Ten Pecan Pies,'' in which a wheelchair-bound old man's stored-up resentment of his wife nearly derails Christmas for their grandchildren. Also included are an excerpt from Frank Capra's screenplay for It's a Wonderful Life , Peter Matthiessen's exquisite log of a shipboard Christmas in the tropics. W.H. Auden's ``The Meditation of Simeon'' and Andrei Codrescu's warm reminiscence of Yuletide in communist Romania where the holiday was celebrated despite an official ban. Miller edited San Francisco Stories and four other collections. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993
Release date: 10/01/1993
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.