The Birds' Christmas Carol: Dramatic Version

The Birds' Christmas Carol: Dramatic Version

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The Birds' Christmas Carol: Dramatic Version

The Birds' Christmas Carol: Dramatic Version

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The Birds' Christmas Carol is commonly alluded to as my first literary effort, but the story is somewhat ill-described in that phrase, for it was written quite without effort and with no thought that it might ever be classed as a literary product. The sole idea that brought it into being was that it might be printed in a humble paper-covered volume and sold for the benefit of the Silver Street Kindergarten in San Francisco, the first free kindergarten west of the Rocky Mountains, founded in 1878.

A few years later the pamphlet found its way to the offices of Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston, where the senior member of the firm took it under his personal protection, the date of its issue marking the beginning of a loyal friendship between author and publishers that has continued unbroken up to the present day.

It was not many months before selections from the book began to appear on the programmes of public readers, and in due course it was given in one form or another by hundreds of academies and seminaries, grammar, high, normal, and Sunday schools, as well as by institutions for blind and deaf-mute children. Sometimes it appeared in tableaux, sometimes in pantomime, with and without explanatory readings; but more often it was "acted" under the direction of some one who arranged the various conversations . . .

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