Christmas Every Day (Illustrated Edition) by William Dean Howells

Christmas Every Day (Illustrated Edition)

byWilliam Dean Howells

Kobo ebook | November 22, 2016

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In William Dean Howells' short story 'Christmas Every Day,' a little girl asks her father to tell her a story. The father begins, significantly, with one about a little pig, and the child stops him: 'she had heard little pig-stories till she was perfectly sick of them.' She wants a story about Christmas, and he offers to tell one about a Christmas so magnificent that it occurs every day. The child is enthralled; what a magnificent concept! When the father begins again, however, he slips and says, 'Very well, then, this little pig...' The little girl will scarcely let him get away with that, and he excuses his mistake by saying 'I should like to know what's the difference between a little pig and a little girl that wanted it Christmas every day!' This, of course, is the point of the whole story. Children's perceptions of the perfect Christmas are [too often] built on greed, and greed carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. Source: Karen Bernardo

The other four stories in this book center around the holiday season and are equally fun for children.

This edition of the book contains 14 original illustrations, rejuvenated.

William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright. Nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters", he was particularly known for his tenure as editor of The Atlantic Monthly as well as his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day", and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria.

William Dean Howells was born in Martinsville, Ohio (now known as Martins Ferry, Ohio), to William Cooper, and Mary Dean Howells. He was the second of eight children. His father was a newspaper editor and printer, who moved frequently around Ohio.

Howells died in his sleep shortly after midnight on May 11, 1920, and was buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Title:Christmas Every Day (Illustrated Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Steve GabanyLanguage:English

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