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December 23, 2012

Santa Anapests

Clement C. Moore

Clement C. Moore

On this day in 1823 the Christmas classic, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (commonly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) was published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel. Twenty years and much popularity later, Clement C. Moore claimed and was accorded authorship; recent scholarship by ‘forensic’ literary critic Don Foster has cast this very much in doubt.

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