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The Annotated Night Before Christmas

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s/t: A Collection of Sequels, Parodies & Imitations of Clement Moore's Immortal Ballad About Santa Claus
"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." These familiar words begin the classic poem that has become a staple of America's annual Christmas ritual along with Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Dr. Se
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Hardcover, 253 pages
Published August 5th 2005 by Prometheus Books (first published December 31st 1991)
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Nov 28, 2013 Cat. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, wrong season, so that is probably coloring my perception. That, and the fact that I don't feel too great today.

This isn't bad, but 90% of it is NOT about the actual poem. It's parodies and so forth written over the past 150 years. A bit disappointing, really. I skimmed. Kept hoping it would improve. Nothing much to this. I did like the Yooper Night Before Christmas.
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was ok
I just finished this book last evening. The research about the poem's origins and publication history were very interesting. the bulk of the book is a series of pastiches and parodies. That part got pretty repetitive after a while. Ho Ho Ho!
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Dec 29, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
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Christmas is not my favorite holiday, but this is an enjoyable and interesting book. Besides, can you really go wrong with Martin Gardner?
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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