Once Upon a Christmas: A Collection of Short Stories

Once Upon a Christmas: A Collection of Short Stories

by Richard J. Smith Ph.D


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Once Upon a Christmas: A Collection of Short Stories by Richard J. Smith Ph.D

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS is a collection of short stories, all with Christmas settings, plots, and sentimentality. The author writes of his own boyhood Christmases, eighty-some years ago, and the Christmases of characters drawn from his imagination. He prepares us for each story with a commentary about the background for it. The stories are intended to activate our memories, provoke thought and elicit a smile, a frown, a laugh, or a tear. To paraphrase Francis Bacon [1561 – 1626], they are to be tasted, perhaps chewed; some are to be swallowed and digested. All are to be enjoyed and read in the spirit of Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633933767
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 863,217
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Dr. Richard J. Smith is Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from that university. He is author or co-author of five college textbooks and various curriculum materials that contain his original poetry, essays, and short stories. He also has published numerous articles in professional journals for teachers and school administrators. His latest book, published in 2016, Life After Eighty, is his personal perspective of living well and staying happy while growing older. Richard Smith and his wife live in Bradenton, Florida, at Westminster Towers and Shores, a retirement community where he is a featured writer for the community newspaper.

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