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ID
b196
Title
"A Christmas Song."
Genre
Story
Page Count
12
Word Count
3320
Publisher
Woman's Own
Publication Year
1950
Document Types
Full-text Online
Evensford (setting)
Topics
Rushden, Music

A sensitive young music teacher is touched by the request of a young man for the music to a song (which in time is identified as Schubert's famous "Standchen") and also repulsed by the social world offered by her town of Evensford (Bates's first use of this name for a leather-factory town based on his native Rushden). In Woman's Own (December 28, 1950, with the title "A Song to Remember"), Colonel Julian and Other Stories (1951), Seven by Five/The Best of H.E. Bates (1963), Love in a Wych Elm and Other Stories (2009). Also appearing with the title "A Christmas Story" in Woman's Own Book of Pleasure (1957) and again in Woman's Own (December 10, 1958). Reprinted in Love Stories (2009).

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