Old Christmas (Illustrated Edition) [NOOK Book]

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Old Christmas, first published in 1886, is illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. The book chronicles American writer Washington Irving's nostalgic recollections of Christmas traditions in 19th century England.
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Overview

Old Christmas, first published in 1886, is illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. The book chronicles American writer Washington Irving's nostalgic recollections of Christmas traditions in 19th century England.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015057140
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 165
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819. He continued to publish regularly—and almost always successfully—throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York.

Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Christmas Classic!

    Old Christmas by Washington Irving helped shaped Christmas that we all know and love. Irving along with Dickens introduced to the public Christmas traditions that sporead the popularity of the holiday. In Old Christmas Irving writes about his visit to the fictional Bracebridge family estate in Shropshire England some time after the battle of Waterloo. This is a great read, though the first chapter can be a little difficult but after that I found it to be a fun and quick read. The illustrations by Randolph Caldcott are wonderful and complements the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Great holiday reading

    I don't have this particular edition, but 'Old Christmas' by Washington Irving is a delightful excerpt from 'The Sketch Book,' written around 1820. The narrator travels in Yorkshire and enjoys a family Christmas which features all the good old-fashioned 17th and 18th century English foods and entertainments. Most enjoyable to re-read annually as a reminder of how Christmas was celebrated in the old days.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    An Olde Fashioned English Country Christmas

    Have you ever wondered how Christmas would've been celebrated on an old English country estate? Welcome to Bracebridge Hall ~~ & a holiday done the old fashioned way ~~ with roaring fires, yule logs, mulled cider, games,plenty of good food, & a collection of the merriest folks you ever spent time with. For that is exactly what you do in Washington Irving's "Old Christmas". And a devilish jovial time 'tis, t'be sure. Bracebridge Hall is decked out for the holidays in all its old fashioned English finery. So, accept their hearty invitation, make yourself comfortable & enjoy the warmest, merriest Christmas you've ever spent. And, mind you, once you sample the wonders of such a holiday, you'll always return for another holiday visit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Scrooge before there was a scrooge

    This a cheap knock-off of an edition of this title published by Chapman Billies a few years ago & which B&N had a superstore distribution.ISBN 0939218151 It is still available. Even the trade reviews listed above are for this earlier publication. Caveat emptor

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