The Night Before Christmas [bd]
The Classic Edition
Written by Clement C. Moore & illustrated by Charles Santore
Award-winning illustrator Charles Santore perfectly captures the delight of Santa's wondrous visit with unforgettable images that are sure to enchant young believers- and older ones- for Christmas Eves to come. 24 pages
Publisher's Note: This story was first published anonymously in a New York newspaper called the Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823, under the title “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Clement Clark Moore has long been credited as the author of this beloved yuletide poem, but literary scholar Don Foster now believes that the true writer was in fact a poet of Dutch heritage named Henry Livingston, Jr. Livingston had passed away by the time Moore claimed authorship of the poem years later.
In 1844, Moore published “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in an anthology of his own poetry, but Livingston’s family has always insisted that Moore is not the true author. However, even if Livingston’s family had never spoken up, Moore’s authorship rings a bit false. The structure of the poem is very different from anything else Moore had written, but the style and imagery do match Livingston’s writing. Most compelling of all are the Dutch references in the poem, including several reindeer names, such as “Donder” (meaning “thunder”) and “Blixem” (meaning “lightning”). These names were anglicized in later editions to the now-famous “Donner,” and “Blitzen.” As a nod to Livingston’s claim on the poem, we have left the original Dutch name “Donder” in our edition.
September 24, 2019