HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Clement Moore, born 15 July 1779
“‘Twas the night before Christmas …”
Clement Moore is the author of what is arguably America’s best known poem, and yet most people do not recognise his name. Clement Clarke Moore published A Visit from St Nicholas anonymously in 1823, in a magazine. He wrote the piece for his children, but did not initially want his name connected with it, as he was a professor of Oriental and Greek literature and felt the poem might not be considered worthy. The poem was extremely popular and soon became known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. It did much to form American ideas of Santa Claus – how he travelled, what he looked like, etc.
If you are visiting New York you might like to go to Clement Clarke Moore Park on 10th Ave and 22nd Street. Every Sunday before Advent, they host a reading of the poem.
Clement Moore died on 10 July, 1863 aged 83.
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