Who Wrote the Legendary Poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas"?


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The famous narrative poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which is better known by its first line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," was written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Moore first published it under his name in 1844 after others tried to take credit for it.

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Unbeknownst to Moore, the poem was published anonymously in a newspaper in upstate New York in December 1823. Additionally, Moore, who was a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at General Theological Seminary in New York City, is thought to have written "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children, without any intention of publishing it.

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