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e-Book Old Christmas download

e-Book Old Christmas download

by Randolph Caldecott,Washington Irving

ISBN: 142901668X
ISBN13: 978-1429016681
Language: English
Publisher: Applewood Books (December 19, 2008)
Pages: 200
Category: Classics
Subategory: Literature

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This book, published in 1886 and illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, chronicles the American writer Washington Irving's nostalgic recollections of Christmas traditions in 19th century England.

This book, published in 1886 and illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, chronicles the American writer Washington Irving's nostalgic recollections of Christmas traditions in 19th century England. The text first appeared in 1819 in Irving's Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. which also contained such classics as "Rip van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. You can listen to an audio version of this book courtesy of LibriVox.

Written well over a century ago, Irving's sketches "celebrate the celebration" with heartwarming descriptions of Yuletide events.

Old Christmas: FROM THE. Sketch Book of Washington Irving. Illustrated by R Caldecott. Macmillan & Co 1886. Before the remembrance of the good old times, so fast passing, should have entirely passed away, the present artist, R. Caldecott, and engraver, James D. Cooper, planned to illustrate Washington Irving's "Old Christmas" in this manner. Throughout they have worked together and con amore. With what success the public must decide.

by Washington Irving (Author), Randolph Caldecott (Author). This little book will take you back into an old Victorian Yuletide. It is quaint and a quick read. I read it year-round when I get a tugging of Christmas in my mind and heart. 5 people found this helpful.

Washington Irving, by Washington Irving. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with. Old Christmas" is an 1875 collection of Christmas stories first appearing Washington Irving's "Sketch Book" published in 1819-1820. It is a wondrous thing to read laments about how the modern world had lost some of the Christmas magic. At the same time, Irving captures Christmas essences, like families and food and a general spirit of generosity.

Randolph Caldecott (/ˈkɔːldəˌkɑːt/; 22 March 1846 – 12 February 1886) was an English artist and illustrator, born in Chester. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honour. He exercised his art chiefly in book illustrations. His abilities as an artist. His abilities as an artist were promptly and generously recognised by the Royal Academy. Caldecott greatly influenced illustration of children's books during the nineteenth century. Two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, were published every Christmas for eight years.

A charming volume of old English Christmas traditions written by famed American author Washington Irving and illustrated by renowned British illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

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

""There is nothing in England that exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination than the lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times."" So begins Irving's classic recital of Christmas traditions in 19th-century England. Originally part of The Sketch Books of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., which also included Irving's most famous stories, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Old Christmas depicts Irving's Christmas Eve trip by stagecoach to Yorkshire and the delightful holiday games and rituals he shared with his hosts at their home, Bracebridge Hall. Famed illustrator Randolph Caldecott's sketches provide a perfect complement to Irving's descriptions of holiday cheer.
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Hadadel
This a delightful tale of Washington Irving going back to an old country estate in England to celebrate a Christmas of Olde England. Irving. takes us from the travel to the estate,Christmas Eve and all the festivities of Christmas Day. The squire and his household still celebrate Christmas as they did 100 or more years before this time. Irving laments the passing of these traditions and hopes they would last forever. It's interesting that even in Irving's time that someone, like today, laments passing traditions for the more modern ones. This is a very short book and is wonderful to read. This is easily a book that could be read every Christmas season much like Dickens, A Christmas Carol.

Yellow Judge
I loved this book. I've been a student of holiday history for more than 30 years. I can't believe I never came across this book until now. Anyone who enjoys Washington Irving (Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle) or Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol) will enjoy this book. It's a proper old English Christmas, the type undoubtedly celebrated by Mr. Darcy at his manor in Pride & Prejudice or by the family in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. For those who have read extensively on pagan origins of modern holiday celebrations or have read about medieval customs (lord of misrule, etc.), much will be familiar. It is all here - the ancient manor house in the country, the huge yule log burning on the hearth, the old harper in the corner, the boar's head, the peacock pie, the wassail bowl, all the games - snapdragon, blind man's bluff, etc. There are visits from Morris dancers and singing by village waites under the window. The journey by coach through the countryside, the shadowy darkness, the warmth and welcome of Christmas Eve, the church service and light of Christmas Day, the merrymaking by young and old alike, the generosity of the Christmas Day Dinner - all described in lavish and loving detail. The detailed and charming illustrations by Randolph Caldecott (for whom the Caldecott award was named) add a great deal to the text. You could not have one without the other.

Dancing Lion
This is a nice short work that is about the Christmas spirit or what should be the spirit of Christmas. You can see where Dickens used parts to develop his idea of the proper spirit of Christmas. I would say the difference is that Washington focuses on the spirit of happiness and community as an end whereas Dickens brings into the story redemption.

Gogal
Dickens read this before incorporating the already expiring English country traditions Irving encountered on his travels and detailed in this book into first Pickwick Papers and later into the urban setting of "A Christmas Carol". Much of what we American include in our holiday festivities from kissing under the MistleToe to drinking and playing games on Chritmas Eve is attributable to this book. This is not a long piece and well worth the read. This free Kindle edition is very readable.

Xurad
This story was basically what reintroduced the celebration of Christmas to the United States. A lovely quick read for the holiday season that shares the traditions and customs of Christmas from ancient times and old English celebrations.

IWantYou
This book takes one back to a time most would enjoy living in, especially that of Christmas. Mr. Irving tells everyone how it was in another age where many truly had a merry Christmas. This book show us how Christmas use to be many years ago. The descriptions are true to the era and the life of that time. Pictures of that day add to the enjoyment of the book, too. I highly recommend this book to those who would endeavor to enjoy a little of the past, instead of the time we live in now. Merry Christmas to all.

Nto
This is a great example of the kind of leisurely reading the 19th century enjoyed and produced. If you love Mr. Pickwick you will find it easy to picture him at Bracebridge Hall. It would also make a marvelous libretto for a children's Christmas ballet. Spoiler alert - no plot. The kind of piece you read over every year as Christmas approaches, and never tire of.

Washington Irving is a really great and nostalgic writer. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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