Christmas   in the Works of
Stanley Weintraub

Reggie:A Portrait of Reginald Turner
New York: George Braziller, 1965


p. 114

It appeared on November 30, 1901, and was the best publicity the novel [Cynthia´s Damages] received, but sales did not pick up, and Reggie mourned in a pre-Christmas letter to Max (from a hotel in Nice) that he was nearly broke....


Another, a Christmas essay, is one of Reggie’s happiest creations. Part of the essay clearly comes from the author´s own experience of travel and nostalgia for England:

…It is in the gloomy northern climate that such a festival has peculiar value. It is only in such a sullen atmosphere that our hearts, weary of the oppression without, turn inwards....In those bright spots [Cairo or on the Riviera] the winter season may be gay...and the sun warm the is there that one feels the hollowness of Yuletide rejoicings, the mockery of traditional feasts. Yuletide calls for a Yule log; and to eat plum pudding under African sky is to realize, as never before, the vanity of all things, and the pettiness of man in particular. Snapdragon within call of alligators, mistletoe among the glowing oranges--those are things one had better not experience…

Index of Weintraub Christmas Exhibit Pages

  1. Dear Young Friend: The Letters of American Presidents to Children
  2. Albert: Uncrowned King
  3. Victoria: An Intimate Biography
  4. Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill
  5. Disraeli: A Biography
  6. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume I
  7. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume II
  8. Shaw: An Autobiography  1856-1898
  9. The Playwright and the Pirate: Bernard Shaw and Frank Harris: A Correspondence
  10. Bernard Shaw  1914-1918: Journey to Heartbreak
  11. Private Shaw and Public Shaw: a dual portrait of Lawrence of Arabia and G.B.S.
  12. Lawrence of Arabia: the literary impulse
  13. Silent Night: The Christmas Truce of 1914
  14. The Last Great Cause: The Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War
  15. Reggie: A Portrait of Reginald Turner
  16. Whistler: A Biography
  17. Beardsley: A Biography
  18. Aubrey Beardsley: Imp of the Perverse
  19. Four Rossettis: A Victorian Biography
  20. Exhibit: Story of Stanley Tree
  21. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 1
  22. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 2

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