Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1947. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 120 pages ; 19 cm. In the original pictorial dust jacket without price mark on the front flap. Red cover boards with a few oil stain spot to the front and spine. Musty odor within pages. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
MIRACLE ON 34th STREET
This is a twentieth-century Christmas Carol, a warmly humorous story pf an old man who thinks he is Santa Claus. There is plenty of evidence to support his claim. To begin with his name is Kris Kringle. The reindeer in the Zoo eat out of his hand. The children who come to Macy's to see him of course are convinced he is Santa Claus. And so are their parents, especially after he sends them to Gimbels for toys that Macy's does not carry. Rival jewelers begin to get customers sent by Cartier's, and all in all he lets loose such a wave of Christmas cheer and Christmas giving that the city is engulfed in a flood of good will.
Unfortunately there are, as always, certain practical souls who refuse to believe that Kris is Santa Claus. Un-moved by any Christmas spirit, they take steps to have Kris put away as a lunatic. The case goes to court. On the outcome hangs not only Kris's own fate but the political future of presiding Judge Harper; the integrity of the U. S. Post Office Department; the happiness of Fred Gay ley, Kris's lawyer; the salvation of Doris Walker, whom Fred loves and who had hired Kris for Macy's; and the far-ranging dreams of Doris's once-cynical little daughter Susan. Indeed peace on earth and good-will toward men are the issues at stake as Judge Harper renders his verdict.
This is a story that young and old will welcome as a touching and hilarious prelude to the Christmas season.
So you Don't Believe in Santa Claus?
THE CRITICS DO!
"You say there is no Santa Claus? Oh, yes, there is! And he lives again and again within the pages of Valentine Davies' warmly humorous homespun story which is now affording movie patrons one of the most lovable stories ever written." —San Francisco Call-Bulletin
"This charming fairy tale for children of all ages centers around an old man who thinks he is Santa Claus. It makes a lot more sense than most of us would like to admit." —Newsweek
"It's a honey of a story." —The Saturday Review of Literature
"On paper as on celluloid, it is a simple, tender, imaginative tale told without fuss or fanfare, and unless you're a stickler for realism and against sentiment and kindness on general principles, you'll probably feel that the three hours it takes to read it are all too short." —Philadelphia Bulletin
"Whimsical, appealing, humorous, exciting ^and enjoyable reading-" —Miami Herald
"It's the same tale that brought chuckles in the movie, born of good will, simple and sane enough for everyone. Don't forget to include a copy in a Christmas package!" —Akron Beacon-Journal
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