Christmas   in the Works of
Stanley Weintraub

Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill
University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996

p. 19

...December 1899....the war (South African War) was going badly....For Christmas 1899 the Queen had sought a symbolic present to send to her troops in the field as something special from her. Soon, ships were bringing every soldier in the field a flat tin box of chocolates with the Queen´s head embossed on the lid. Every soldier in South Africa and in transports on the high seas was to receive such a box, bound in red and white ribbon. Some soldiers would not touch a morsel, determined to take the sacred gifts home. More than one box was reputed to have stopped a bullet....Shaw´s Arms and the Man, later musicalized by Oscar Straus as The Chocolate Soldier, includes an early scene in which Captain Bluntschli confides that where other troops have kept their cartridges, he had secreted supplies more valuable to a soldier--chocolate.

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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