12/16/2019

Nine Great Christmas Reads

"One example is T.S. Eliot’s The Cultivation of Christmas Trees first published by Farrar Straus Giroux in 1956. Part of the Ariel series, it’s a long-out-of-print gem illustrated by Jewish artist Enrico Arno, who fled Nazi Germany then settled in the United States as a book designer and illustrator. In a spiritual poem, Eliot praises the meaning of Christmas and cautions us against the loss of wonder.

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The next book was recently republished by HarperCollins in 2015. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien is a delightful collection of the letters Tolkien wrote every year for his children. The delight is just as much in Tolkien’s expression as a loving father as it is in the art and letters themselves. His letters and lettering, the postal envelopes, and the illustrations are reproduced from the Bodleian Library’s archive of Tolkien drawings."