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Alan Maitland reads ‘Christmas Phantoms’

The Story


Alan Maitland, as Fireside Al, tells a chilling tale of Christmas by Maksim Gorky.  In Christmas Phantoms, a writer of fiction who has just completed his short story about Christmas finds that words can come to haunt you.

Medium: Radio
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1977
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 16:58
Photo: This image was in the public domain in Russia, but its status is unknown as of Sept. 2008.

Did You know?


• Maksim Gorky was born Aleksey Masimovich Peshkov in Russia on Mar. 28, 1868, and died June 14, 1936.  He suffered a harsh childhood, leaving school for work at age eight, which influenced him in his choice of pseudonym.  "Gorky" translates as "bitter".

• Gorky began publishing stories in 1892, and met with early success.  He wrote a great deal about what he knew, which was a tramp's life.

• He became a Marxist, and sided with the Bolsheviks after the party split in 1903.  He and Lenin had differences, however, and he left Russia in 1906 bound for Italy.  He returned in 1913, but again disagreed with Lenin, who sent him into exile in 1921.  It was during this period that he wrote his autobiographical trilogy.  He returned in 1928, and the cause of his sudden death in 1936 has been the subject of much speculation.


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