Christmas At The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, And Art

Christmas At The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, And Art Review

From the pages of America’s most influential magazine come eight decades of holiday cheer—plus the occasional comical coal in the stocking—in one incomparable collection. Sublime and ridiculous, sentimental and searing, Christmas at The New Yorker is a gift of great writing and drawing by literary legends and laugh-out-loud cartoonists.

Here are seasonal stories, poems, memoirs, and more, including such classics as John Cheever’s 1949 story “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor,” about an elevator operator in a Park Avenue apartment building who experiences the fickle power of charity; John Updike’s “The Carol Sing,” in which a group of small-town carolers remember an exceptionally enthusiastic fellow singer (“How he would jubilate, how he would God-rest those merry gentlemen, how he would boom out when the male voices became King Wenceslas”); and Richard Ford’s acerbic and elegiac 1998 story “Crèche,” in which an unmarried Hollywood lawyer spends an unsettling holiday with her sister’s estranged husband and kids.

Here, too, are S. J. Perelman’s 1936 “Waiting for Santy,” a playlet in the style of Clifford Odets labor drama (the setting: “The sweatshop of Santa Claus, North Pole”), and Vladimir Nabokov’s heartbreaking 1975 story “Christ-mas,” in which a father grieving for his lost son in a world “ghastly with sadness” sees a tiny miracle on Christmas Eve.

And it wouldn’t be Christmas—or The New Yorker—without dozens of covers and cartoons by Addams, Arno, Chast, and others, or the mischievous verse of Roger Angell, Calvin Trillin, and Ogden Nash (“Do you know Mrs. Millard Fillmore Revere?/On her calendar, Christmas comes three hundred and sixty-five times a year”).

From Jazz Age to New Age, E. B. White to Garrison Keillor, these works represent eighty years of wonderful keepsakes for Christmas, from The New Yorker to you.

Title:Christmas At The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, And Art
Edition Language:English

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    Christmas At The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, And Art Reviews

  • Rachel

    If there's a theme to this collection, it might be How Difficult Christmas Can Be For the Bourgeoisie. The writing is good, as one would expect, but really how many melancholy stories do we need about...

  • Susie

    I guess I just don't get the New Yorker. A few of the cartoons were funny, and maybe a couple of the stories. The rest of it was kind of "huh?"...

  • Patrick DiJusto

    This is mostly a collection of fiction from the New Yorker. I generally don't agree with New Yorker fiction....

  • Jeannine

    This was interesting for its range of authors, and a nice introduction to ones never read before. But as for Christmas cheer, or Christmas spirit - not so much. I appreciated several of the poems by J...

  • Kristina Silverbears

    Perhaps the problem I'm having with this book is that it isn't a cheerful holiday collection. It isn't funny, or heartwarming or even religious. It is darn depressing, to cut to the short of it. Oh, i...

  • Barbara

    This collection included short stories by many well known writers as would be expected from The New Yorker. I ended up skimming some of them, and skipping most of the poems. The stories were, for the ...

  • Len Knighton

    Merry Christmas It would be difficult for a book to have better bookends: John Updike and Roger Angell, brilliant prose in the introduction, whimsical poetry to conclude. Updike's first sentence sets ...

  • Terzah

    The first few books I'm finishing this year are all Christmas books that were started last month. I enjoyed this one greatly. Most of the stories and poems are from early- to mid-20th-century issues o...

  • Richard Tolleson

    I could have given this four stars before I got to the poetry section, which was generally topical for the year it was written, and thus not of much interest today. The stories themselves were general...

  • Christine

    I meandered through this book. I relaxed and remembered. Though I have read (and listened to) lots of pieces from The New Yorker, this book helped me understand how important it is. This compilation i...