Rare Christmas Books

Celebrate Poe

Dec 18 2022 • 30 mins

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The first part of this episode basically serves as an introduction to the Christmas/holidays works that will be a a part of Celebrate Poe every night until December 26. “Rare Christmas Books” deals with valuable holiday publications, and serves as a background to the works that will be read during this holiday season.  The second part of this episode deals with the unreleased “Christmas with Edgar Allan Poe” - a bit about its history and several of its selections.  George will read the linear notes to the CD because they (it is hoped) say a great deal about Poe’s complicated relationship to the religion, music, and the holidays.


  • What two authors wrote versions of “A Christmas Carol”
  • How many episodes will be required for “A Christmas Carol” in this podcast?
  • Why might it be difficult to edit a work like “A Christmas Carol”s
  • Who wrote “The Night Before Christmas”
  • Who wrote “The Gift of the Magi?’
  • What did Poe think of Longfellow and Lowell?
  • Where is the author of “A Set of Poe” from?”
  • Who IS the author of “A Set of Poe”
  • What is “Christmas with Edgar Allan Poe?”
  • Who wrote “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
  • Name a Poe story that was published in “The Gift”



  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:40 Valuable Christmas books
  • 3:40 A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  • 07:44 A Christmas Carol (James Russell Lowell)
  • 09:22 The Night Before Christmas
  • 09:49 The Gift of the Magi
  • 10:18 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • 11:08 The Bells (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • 11:55 A Set of Poe (George Ade)
  • 12:13 The Pit and the Pendulum
  • 13:59 Christmas with Edgar Allan Poe CD
  • 16:33 Christmas with Edgar Allan Poe Linear Notes
  • 19:59 The Holly and the Ivy
  • 23:25 Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • 26:13 Ave Maria
  • 28:34 Future Episodes
  • 28:44 Sources
  • 29:03 Outro and The First Noel music




This episode begins with a promo description for the new podcast Celebrate Whitman (to begin July 4, 2024.)