L. Frank Baumâs TheÂ Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was first published in 1902, two years after his Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Drawing on the attributes of Santa Claus from Clement Mooreâs 1822 poem âA Visit from St. Nicholasâ (âThe Night Before Christmasâ), Baum chronicles Santaâs life from his childhood in an enchanted forestâthe same forest that is the source of all magic in the land of Ozâto his destiny of sharing gifts and spreading love to his fellow man. Along the way we witness him making his first toys, learn the origins of the Christmas tree and Christmas stockings, and discover the stories behind many Christmas secrets, like why Santa slides down chimneys, how he picks his reindeer, and how he delivers all his toys in one night. Later adapted into multiple animated films, and published here with the original illustrations from the first edition,Â The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausÂ evinces the charm, warmth, and fantasy that made L. Frank Baumâs Oz stories American classics.
Penguin Christmas Classics
Give the gift of literature this Christmas.
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.Â A Christmas CarolÂ 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.Â The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas.Â The Night Before ChristmasÂ brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. AndÂ The NutcrackerÂ inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.
Beautifully designed hardcoversâwith foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalizationâin 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 CarolÂ by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas StoriesÂ by Anthony Trollope
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas StoriesÂ by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before ChristmasÂ by Nikolai Gogol
The NutcrackerÂ 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.
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