The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas Cover

The Night Before Christmas

By Clement Clarke Moore; Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)

Cavendish Square Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761452980, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006

Description
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" has become so much a part of Christmas that it's hard to imagine the holiday without it. Originally published as an "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," it appeared in 1823 in the newspaper, the Troy Sentinel. It has since been reprinted hundreds of times, acted out on stage, and read over the radio and on film and CD. The author, CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, is said to have written the poem for his children on Christmas Eve, 1822. Our modern image of Santa Claus as a bearded, plump, jolly figure can be traced back to Moore's famous description of St. Nick: "He had a broad face, and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.


About the Author
Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much ofthe English-speaking world.



Gennady Spirin was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in a small town near Moscow. He is a graduate of the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and has received many awards for his work both in the United States and internationally. Books he has illustrated include "The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea, Life in the Boreal Forest, Frog Song, The Deadliest Creature in the World, " and" The Greatest Dinosaur Ever". Mr. Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.