Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem


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Grafton and Scratch Publishers
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8.89 X 11.28 X 1.08 inches | 3.45 pounds

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About the Author

In 2012, Pamela McColl published a revised edition of Twas The Night Before Christmas that attracted international media attention, from The Colbert Report to the BBC, her decision to edit out the reference to Santa Claus smoking a pipe was a topic over dinner tables from Brisbane to New York. In appreciation of the classic poem marking a bi-centennial anniverary in 2022/2023 McColl brings her extensive knowledge of the poem's history to this new publication. McColl studied art and history and went on to do graduate work in the field of cultural history before working as a corporate art consultant for 20 years. From there she launched an art and book publication company in 1997. This latest book production is the culmination of ten years of research into the 200 year history of the poem.


"McColl provides a collection of illustrations, snippets of literature, and historical tidbits related to Clement Clark Moore's renowned rhyme. The author's illuminating peek into the formulation and reception of the poem is well organized, with lovely, colorful images from various sources peppering the pages...a detailed, thorough, and beautiful work for lovers of Christmas and fans of the holiday's most famous poem."

"Readers looking for a keepsake holiday celebration suitable for individual study and family sharing alike will find the perfect combination of art and scholarship in Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem. The book is an unexpected treasure trove, surprising because, with so very many books centered on Christmas traditions and history, it's refreshing to see an artistic and literary review of a classic poem that breathes new life into traditional perceptions."
--D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Pamela McColl's TWAS THE NIGHT: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem, is packed full of vintage illustrations and lesser known historical details that make the book a bundle of perennial joy, for believers and non-believers alike."--Indie Reader