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Christmas at The New Yorker : stories, poems, humor, and art
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2003]

Physical Description:
305 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)
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PS509.C56 C517 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Holiday
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From the pages of America's most influential magazine come eight decades of holiday cheer--plus the occasional comical coal in the stocking--in one incomparable collection. Sublime and ridiculous, sentimental and searing, Christmas at The New Yorker is a gift of great writing and drawing by literary legends and laugh-out-loud cartoonists. Here are seasonal stories, poems, memoirs, and more, including such classics as John Cheever's 1949 story "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor," about an elevator operator in a Park Avenue apartment building who experiences the fickle power of charity; John Updike's "The Carol Sing," in which a group of small-town carolers remember an exceptionally enthusiastic fellow singer ("How he would jubilate, how he would God-rest those merry gentlemen, how he would boom out when the male voices became King Wenceslas"); and Richard Ford's acerbic and elegiac 1998 story "Crèche," in which an unmarried Hollywood lawyer spends an unsettling holiday with her sister's estranged husband and kids. Here, too, are S. J. Perelman's 1936 "Waiting for Santy," a playlet in the style of Clifford Odets labor drama (the setting: "The sweatshop of Santa Claus, North Pole"), and Vladimir Nabokov's heartbreaking 1975 story "Christ-mas," in which a father grieving for his lost son in a world "ghastly with sadness" sees a tiny miracle on Christmas Eve. And it wouldn't be Christmas--or The New Yorker--without dozens of covers and cartoons by Addams, Arno, Chast, and others, or the mischievous verse of Roger Angell, Calvin Trillin, and Ogden Nash ("Do you know Mrs. Millard Fillmore Revere?/On her calendar, Christmas comes three hundred and sixty-five times a year"). From Jazz Age to New Age, E. B. White to Garrison Keillor, these works represent eighty years of wonderful keepsakes for Christmas, from The New Yorker to you.

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Booklist Review

Christmas. Whether they love it or hate it, remember it fondly or shudder at the thought, readers are sure to find a kindred spirit wrapped up among the pages of this premiere holiday collection, part of the esteemed magazine's popular anthology series. Culled from the past 75 years, fiction, poetry, and memoir explore this most celebrated of holidays in all its guises. Gathering a merry cast of regular contributors, the list of notable authors and artists is as lengthy as the wish list of a starry-eyed five-year-old sitting on Santa's knee. From Alice Munro's poignant The Turkey Season to John O'Hara's urbane Christmas Poem, the cream of the literary crop is represented. Strewn throughout are samples of favorite magazine features as well as its incomparable cartoons and signature covers. On Thurber and Trillin! On Keillor and Mencken! Add a dash of Nash and top it off with a frosting of White and you have a timeless gift of fine literature that is destined to last beyond the holiday season. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Vladimir Nabokov, John Cheever, E.B. White, and Alice Munro are just a sampling of the many impressive authors who have contributed holiday writing to The New Yorker over the past 75 years, and they are well represented in this collection of holiday stories, poems, and humor. Organized into eight sections covering topics like family matters, Christmas carols, and the spirit of giving, the diverse pieces range from Nabokov's "Christmas" to Garrison Keillor's "A Christmas Story" and reflect the various moods indicative of the season. In Peter de Vries's "Flesh and the Devil," the main character, Frisbie, realizes that he has made a terrible mistake by telling his wife about kissing (and nearly bedding) a colleague after the office Christmas party. Instead of being lauded for his honesty, he is scolded and regrets being so candid. John Updike's "The Twelve Terrors of Christmas" is a laugh-out-loud meditation on Santa Claus ("If he's such a big shot, why is he drawing unemployment for 11 months of the year?"). Cartoons and images from The New Yorker holiday covers add a touch of whimsy. A nice addition for public libraries, whether or not they subscribe to The New Yorker, this is also a good choice for smaller academic libraries with more browseable collections.-Valeda Frances Dent, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.