The Christmas Dinner

Washington Irving

Paperback with flaps and an envelope

40pp

Publication date: 27 October 2021

ISBN: 9781913724634

£3.99£37.50

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We were ushered into this banqueting scene with the sound of minstrelsy, the old harper being seated on a stool beside the fireplace and twanging his instrument with a vast deal more power than melody. Never did Christmas board display a more goodly and gracious assemblage of countenances.

First published in 1820 in Irving’s masterpiece, The Sketch Book, The Christmas Dinner is a charming tale by the great American writer behind such timeless classics as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Painting the scene of a Christmas dinner spent at the table of Bracebridge Hall, a countryside manor, the merry songs and stories of the dinner table echo with jollity of Christmases long past.

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Washington Irving

Washington Irving (1783–1859) was an American writer, best known for his short stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, both of which first appeared in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, which also contained a selection of Christmas tales.