By Louisa May Alcott
One of 5 cherished Christmas classics
A Merry Christmas collects the valuable vacation stories of Louisa may possibly Alcott, from the dearly known yule benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the undying “What Love Can Do,” in which the citizens of a boarding residence come jointly to make a stunning Christmas for 2 terrible ladies. Wildly well known on the time in their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters not easy sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s relatives and stories within the abolitionist and women’s suffrage activities, those tales have the real texture and aspect of Christmas in nineteenth-century the US, whereas their emphasis on generosity and charity cause them to undying embodiments of the Christmas spirit.
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Cofﬂer considers Melville ’s knowledge and use of classical and biblical literature and explores mythopoetic resonances in his last ﬁction. After addressing herself to what she asserts are clear reﬂections of classical heroes such as Alexander, Achilles, Hercules, she follows scholars such as Nathalia Wright20 and turns her attention to the Judaeo-Christian tradition which was the foundation of religious belief in the nineteenth-century West, the culture which Melville inherited and inhabited. Using the thinking of the enormously inﬂuential and provocative Matthew Arnold, she categorizes and discusses the major characters in Billy Budd — the handsome sailor himself, of course, and Vere, as well as Claggart.
97–124. Melville’s response to the Astor Place Riots in May 1849 was consistent with his response to revolutions abroad. Along with forty-seven prominent citizens of New York City, he signed a letter of support for the British actor William Charles Macready, whose appearance at the Astor Place Opera House was protested by members of New York’s laboring classes, supporters of Macready’s arch rival, the American actor Edwin Forrest. On the evening of May 10, a mob of 10 to 20,000 gathered to disrupt Macready’s performance in Macbeth; when they threw rocks and invaded the theater, the militia opened ﬁre, and some 31 persons were killed and 150 wounded.
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories (Penguin Christmas Classics) by Louisa May Alcott