A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories (Penguin Christmas Classics)
Louisa May Alcott
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One of six beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions
A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the timeless “What Love Can Do,” wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.
Penguin Christmas Classics
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Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The six volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus created the origin story for the presiding spirit of Christmas as we know it. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.
Beautifully designed hardcovers—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.
Collect all six Penguin Christmas Classics:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
with your coquettish airs, and like your affectionate nature. Men, unfortunately, see your weak points and take a money view of the case. Now hurry up and finish. It’s getting a bit cold out here.’ “I laughed as I spoke, and Rosa eyed me with a sidelong glance and gently waved her docked tail, which was her delight. The sly thing liked to be flattered and was as fond of compliments as a girl. “‘Many thanks. I will come now to the most interesting portion of my narrative. As I was saying,
for me that I’m growing young and giddy again. Now that isn’t as it should be, ’Rusalem.” “It meets my views exactly, Mum. You’ve had your hard times, your worriments and cares, and now it’s right to take your rest.” “Then why don’t you take yours? I’m sure you’ve earned it drudging thirty years in the store, with more extra work than holidays for your share.” “Oh well, Mum, it’s different with me, you know. Business is amusing; and I’m so used to it I shouldn’t know myself if I was out of the
store for good.” “Well, I hope you are saving up something against the time when business won’t be amusing. You are so generous, I’m afraid you forget you can’t work for other people all your days.” “Yes, Mum, I’ve put a little sum in a safe bank that pays good interest, and when I’m past work, I’ll fall back and enjoy it.” To judge from the cheerful content of the old gentleman’s face he was enjoying it already, and he looked about him with the air of a man who had made a capital investment
of the big bed, where he sat bolt upright, surveying the prospect from under the coverlet with an equanimity that quite took the good lady’s breath away. But Mr. ’Rusalem fell back and pointed to him, saying, “There he is, Mum,” with as much pride and satisfaction as if he had found some rare and valuable treasure; for the little child was very precious in his sight. Mrs. Podgers really didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, and settled the matter by plumping down beside the boy, saying cordially,
afterwards, hearing their little stories, learning their many wants, and winning their young hearts by such gentle wiles that they soon regarded her as some beautiful, benignant fairy, who had led them from a cold, dark world into the land of innocent delights they had imagined, longed for, yet never hoped to find. Then came the tree, hung thick with bonbons, fruit and toys, gay mittens and tippets, comfortable socks and hoods, and, lower down, more substantial but less showy gifts; for Mrs.