Why did Clement C. Moore write the night before Christmas?

Why did Clement C. Moore write the night before Christmas?

Moore initially wrote the poem to delight his children, according to a statement he provided to the New York Historical Society when he was in his eighties and presented them with a hand-written version of the poem (he was the father of six in 1822). He may also have written it as a response to the popular poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Dr. John Francis Wainwright.

The similarity in titles and content caused confusion among readers, who often requested reprints from publishers. This prompted Moore to publish an anonymous edition of his own poem under the pseudonym "A Holly Jolly Christmas." This action made him famous and enabled him to print more copies of the poem than he could sell to readers. He included instructions on how to make his poem popular by sending letters to newspapers across America with suggestions for seasonal poems or songs. One such letter was sent to the editor of The New York Sun and is credited with helping launch the tradition of Christmas cards.

Today, the poem is read by parents to their children at bedtime during the holiday season. It has become so popular that it is now considered one of the best-known poems in the English language.

Why did Clement Moore write the Night Before Christmas?

You've probably heard of "The Night Before Christmas." Moore wrote the narrative while driving home from Greenwich Village in Manhattan, where he had purchased a turkey to donate to the needy during the Thanksgiving season, for the enjoyment of his six children, with whom he shared the poem that evening. The next day's New York Times published it under the title, "A Holiday Poem: A Conversation by Moonlight on the Way Home From the Market."

It is believed that Clement Moore was an unemployed schoolteacher who lived with his family in Lower Manhattan. His wife died when their children were very young; therefore, they relied on donations from their community to make ends meet. It is also known that Moore was a devout Episcopalian who taught his pupils every Sunday and gave sermons at several churches. He also served as an arbitrator for employment cases.

In 1822, after publishing three poems, he decided to try his hand at writing a novel, but never finished it. However, he did publish some non-fiction works including A Key To Common Errors In Spelling (1823), which was designed to help students learn how to spell correctly; And Rules For The Use Of Schools (with suggestions for improving them); and Some Thoughts On Education (1828).

Was it the Night Before Christmas poem?

"The Night Before Christmas," originally a modest poem written for his children in 1822 by biblical scholar and lecturer Clement Clarke Moore, has become the most well-known and famous holiday poem in American pop culture.

It was first published as part of the 1823 collection, "A Collection of Poems, By Various Authors." The book is credited with launching the American poetry market. It includes other poems by Moore himself as well as others by William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others.

The poem, which takes up only four lines in its original form, became so popular that it has been included in many subsequent collections since then. It has been translated into almost every language of world significance and has been adapted for various media including song, ballet, and opera.

The poem has also been used as a model for other writers. For example, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clark Moore (no relation to the poet) was inspired by his work. Also, "The Night Before Christmas" mode written by Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the first detective stories.

In addition to its literary fame, the poem has become associated with several traditions such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and gift giving.

Who was the author of the Night Before Christmas?

Though the poem's authorship has been debated over the years, with the poem being assigned to both Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston Jr., it was undoubtedly originally published on December 23, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in upstate New York. It is also known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "A Visit From St. Nicholas."

Moore claimed authorship after his death in 1837. The story goes that his daughter wrote her father's biography while working on a farm near Rochester, New York. When Moore died, she found the manuscript among his possessions and decided to publish it instead of writing another one. But there is no proof of this story; indeed, it has been suggested that it may have been written by Moore's wife or another woman close to him.

Still, it is possible to trace the history of the poem through newspapers at the time they were published. In 1823, the poem appeared under the title "An Account of the Life of Santa Claus," which suggests that it was not yet assumed that he came from the south. Also, the poem didn't become associated with Christmas until much later - perhaps as late as 1925 when it was included in a book called Christmas Through Time - so it's likely it was first published elsewhere around that time.

As for Livingston, there is evidence that he lived in Troy at the time the poem was written about.

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