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Christmas Eve on Lonesome and Other Stories

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
John Fox, Jr. (1862-1919) was an American journalist, novelist, and short story writer. He graduated in 1883 before becoming a reporter in New York City. After working for both New York Times and the New York Sun, he published a successful serialization of his first novel, A Mountain Europa, in Century magazine in 1892. Two moderately successful short story collections fol ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published 1904)
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Steve Campbell
Only the first and the last of the five stories in this collection have anything to do with Christmas. All the stories seem to be set in or near the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky from the time of the Civil War to about the turn of the 19th Century. The Christmas-related stories aren't your typical sentimental Christmas fare. "Christmas Eve on Lonesome" is about a man released from prison and bent on revenge against the man who had him sent there. "Christmas Night with Satan" is not what it wo ...more
Michelle Akers-dicken
As another reviewer wrote, the southern dialect is very heavy but well written. If you're looking for a "feel good" Christmas read... this is NOT the one you want to read. This is a collection of short stories and I wasn't aware of that fact when I began reading. I have a first edition, first printing book and there aren't separations or chapter descriptions. I spent the first 3/4 of the book trying to figure out how the stories tied together! Duh. Anyway, in my book, there is beautiful artwork ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Pa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in 19th century Appalachian culture
This book, given to my for Xmas by Nicky, is likely long out of print. The several stories are somewhat reminiscent of Mark Twain. The Appalachian dialect is very heavy, but well done. The author was obviously familiar with the area, its residents, and their speech. The stories range in time from the Civil War through the early 1900's. The characters are colorful, as are the names of the various communities (e.g. Hell Fer Sartain and Kingdom Come).
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John Fox Jr. (1862-1919), American author wrote the Civil-War based The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903).

John William Fox was born on 16 December 1862 in Stony Point, the heart of Bluegrass country in Bourbon County, Kentucky. The prominent Fox family was large and close knit; John had four full brothers and two sisters, and three half-brothers from his father's first wife who had died in ch
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