Who wrote the poem?

Postby McDLT on Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:59 am

I've read that Clement Clarke Moore may not have written the famous poem, but took credit for it. Some people claim that it was written by Henry Livingston - check out this site: http://www.iment.com/maida/familytree/henry/ and I've also noticed that the University of Toronto Library believes that Livingston wrote it.
In the year 2000, Don Foster, an English professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, used external and internal evidence to show that Clement Clarke Moore could not have been the author of this poem, but that it was probably the work of Livingston, and that Moore had written another, and almost forgotten, Christmas piece, "Old Santeclaus." Foster's analysis of this deception appears in his Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous (New York: Henry Holt, 2000): 221-75. (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1312.html)


Wow more food for thought.
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Re: Who wrote the poem?

Postby SantaClaus on Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:40 am

There has been some debate about it, but I think that most scholars believe that it was Clement Clarke Moore who wrote it. Nancy Marshall, the author of "The Night Before Christmas, A Descriptive Bibliography," states in her book that Moore was almost definitely the author.

It is an interesting issue though and it is cool you brought it up!

McDLT wrote:I've read that Clement Clarke Moore may not have written the famous poem, but took credit for it. Some people claim that it was written by Henry Livingston - check out this site: http://www.iment.com/maida/familytree/henry/ and I've also noticed that the University of Toronto Library believes that Livingston wrote it.
In the year 2000, Don Foster, an English professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, used external and internal evidence to show that Clement Clarke Moore could not have been the author of this poem, but that it was probably the work of Livingston, and that Moore had written another, and almost forgotten, Christmas piece, "Old Santeclaus." Foster's analysis of this deception appears in his Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous (New York: Henry Holt, 2000): 221-75. (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1312.html)


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Re: Who wrote the poem?

Postby ChristmasPenguin on Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:58 pm

never knew that
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...:)
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Re: Who wrote the poem?

Postby SantaClaus on Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:09 pm

It is amazing, the amount of scholarship that has been devoted to the poem. I think the vast majority of scholars believe it was Moore, but I don't think that it will be settled definitively for a long time (if ever).

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Re: Who wrote the poem?

Postby timgilroy on Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:16 pm

The poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” was originally titled “A Visit From St. Nicholas” as penned by New York Professor Clement Moore.

Picking up on this image, cartoonist Thomas Nast added a North Pole toy workshop in his cartoons for ‘Harper’s Illustrated Weekly’ magazine.
*The Truths and Tales of Christmas Traditions*

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