Press Release: Court Trial Will Determine True “Night Before Christmas” Author, (Dec. 10, 2013).

'Night Before' poem on trial

Is Henry Livingston Jr. or Clement Clark Moore holiday classic's author?


By Paul Grondahl, Times Union
Friday, December 6, 2013

Duncan Crary, the ragin' Trojan, is cooking up something big again.

The ginger-haired impresario, who has brought all manner of merriment and boosterish shenanigans to the Collar City, is planning an outsized holiday production. He's putting on trial the disputed authorship of the iconic Christmas poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas," that was first published without an author's credit in the Troy Sentinel on Dec. 23, 1823.

Crary is bringing in a dream team of litigators to the Rensselaer County Courthouse for a full-blown mock trial of "Livingston v. Moore: Who Really Wrote 'A Visit from Saint Nicholas?'"

Squaring off will be attorneys E. Stewart Jones, who will represent long-accepted author Clement Clarke Moore, and Jack Casey, who will represent Henry Livingston Jr., whose descendants claim he actually wrote the poem for which Moore took credit. Retired state Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Malone will hear the case.

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