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Author of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” also wrote a history of Scanderbeg

In 1850, Clement C. Moore, who wrote the much-beloved Yuletide classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas…” also wrote a history about Albania’s great, 15th century folkhero titled George Castriot, Surnamed Scanderbeg, King of Albania.

Here is a picture of the title page:

Scan of the title page of George Castriot, Surnamed Scanderbeg, King of Albania by Clement C. Moore.

Scan of the title page of George Castriot, Surnamed Scanderbeg, King of Albania by Clement C. Moore. (Image Courtesy Google Books)



English as a Second Language (ESL) Books

Author: Connie Christo of Harvard University’s Learning Lab and Nancy Hurxthal of the Boston Public Library

Albanian newcomers, including students arriving in America, can now refer to various published sources to learn the English language. Listed below are several books that are readily available at (or can be ordered through) major book stores. Most of the titles are also available at larger public libraries.

The first 5 books are best for beginners — the others, for more advanced learners.

  1. Complete Course in English Robert J. Dixon (Books 1- 4)
  2. Modern American English Robert J. Dixon (Books 1 – 4)
  3. Side by Side Molinsky & Bliss (Books 1- 4)
  4. Line by Line: English Through Grammar Stories Molinsky & Bliss
  5. Line by Line: Stories for Learners of English Molinsky & Bliss
  6. Day by Day: English for Employment Communication Molinsky & Bliss
  7. Expressways: English for Communication Molinsky & Bliss (Books 1- 3)
  8. Longman English Grammar L.G. Alexander
  9. Voices of Freedom: English for US Goverment and Citizenship Molinsky & Bliss

Emigres are also urged to contact local public libraries which may also loan How to Learn English video tapes.

Books about Kosova

The books listed below can be ordered from book stores such as The Globe Corner Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc., or consult a local library.

In English:
1. Studies on Kosova, Arshi Pipa and Sami Repishti, East European Monographs, 1984, ISBN 0-88033-047-3
2. Kosova: The Albanians in Jugoslavia in Light of Historical Documents, S.S. Juka, Waldron Press, 1984, ISBN 0-9613601-0-0
3. Kosovo: A Short History, $26.95, Noel Malcolm, New York University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8147-5598-4
4. Kosovo – In the Heart of the Powder Keg, $84.00, Robert Elsie, Eastern Europe Monographs, 1997, ISBN 0-88033-375-8
5. Conflict Over Kosovo, $8.95, David Felder, Wellington Press, 1996, ISBN-0-910959-89-7
6. Serbian Golgotha: Kosovo, 1389, $60.00, Thoma Emmert, Columbia University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-88033-175-5
7. The Saga of Kosovo: Focus on Serbian-Albanian Relationships, $22.50, Ale Dragnich, Brooklyn College Press, 1985, ISBN 0-317-18452-0
8. The Kosova Crisis and Human Rights in Yugoslavia: A Report of the Committee on International Human Rights, Michael Galligan et al. (in Record of the Assoc. of the Bar of the City of New York, April, 1991)
9. Kosovo – Open Wounds: Human Rights Abuses in Kosovo, $15.00, Human Rights Watch, 1994, ISBN 1-56432-131-1
10. Journey to Kosova, $8.00, Alice Mead, Loose Cannon Press, 1995, ISBN 1-888034-00-9

Difficult to Find:
11. The Plight of Ethnic Albanians, The Albanian Kosovar Youth in the Free World, Iger, Istituto Grafico Editoriale Romano, Rome, Italy, 1985
12. What the Kosovars Say and Demand: Collection of Studies, Articles, Interviews, and Commentaries, Harillaq Kekezi and Rexhep Hida, Editors, 8 Nentori Publishing House, Tirana, Albania, 1990
13. Kosova: A Case for Preventive Diplomacy, Blerim Reka, Prishtina, Kosova, 1994

In Albanian:
14. Kosova Dhe Shqiptarët: Çështje Demografike, Hivzi Islami, PENA, Prishtina, Kosova, 1990
15. Kosova: Djepi i Shqiptarizmit, Hamit Kokolarit, Lidhja Kosovare, 1962
16. Në Kosovë, Petrit Kumi, 8 Nentori Publishing House, Tirana, Albania, 1986

In Croatian/Serbian:
17. Kosovo Pitanje (The Question of Kosova), Branko Horvat, Globus, Zagreb, 1994 (Croatian)
18. Branioci Kosova, $25.00, Milos Acin-Kosta, 1989, ISBN 0-931931-30-4 (Serbian)

Frosina thanks Dr. Sami Repisht and, in particular, Veronique DuPont
of The Globe Corner Bookstore, Boston, for her help in compiling this list.

Books about Albania

The books and other publications listed below can be ordered from any book store such as The Globe Corner Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.

1. Albania, $19.95, Chelsea House Publishing Staff, Chelsea House Publishers, ISBN 0-7910-47543-7
2. Women in Modern Albania, $45.00, Susan E. Post, McFarland & Company, ISBN 0-7864-0468-X
3. Albania, $36.00, David Wright, Children’s Press, ISBN-0-516-20468-8
4. Albania Economic & Business Guide, $69.00, Russian Information & Business Ctr., ISBN 1-57751-236-7
5. The Albanians: An Ethnic History…, $75.00, Edwin E. Jacques, McFarland & Co., ISBN 0-89950-932-0
6. Albania, $19.95, James Pettifer, W.W. Norton & Company,ISBN 0-393-311421-9
7. The Albanians: A Modern History, $24.50, Miranda Vickers, St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 1-86064-323-X
8. Albania in Pictures, $19.95, Edited by Lerner Staff, The Lerner Publishing Group, ISBN 0-8225-1902-X
9. Albania: A Country Study, $50.00, Diane Publishing Company, ISBN 0-7881-1619-3
10. Albania: A Guide & Illust. Journal, $14.95, Andre Dawson et al, Bradt Publications, ISBN 1-56440-697-0
11. Albania, $18.00, U.S. Government Staff, Claitor’s Publishing Division, ISBN 0-87511-540-3
12. Albania & the Albanians, $75.00, Derek Hall, Books International, ISBN 1-85567-010-0
13. Albania Country Studies: Area Handbook, $18.00, Edited by R. Zickel & W.R. Iwaskiw, Library of Congress, ISBN 0-8444-0792-5
14. Historical Dictionary of Albania, $40.00, Raymond Hutchins, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0-8108-3107
15. Albania: From Isolation Toward Reform, $15.00, International Monetary Fund, ISBN 1-55775-266-4
16. Nagel’s Encyclopedia Guide: Albania, $39.95, Contemporary Publishing Company, ISBN 0-8442-9791-7
17. Albania, $80.00, Edited by Antonia Young, World Bibliographical Series, Clio Press, ISBN 1-85109-260-9
18. Albania: A Travel Guide, $26.95 Cloth, $16.95 Paper, Philip Ward, The Oleander Press, ISBN 0-906672-41-4 (Cloth) / ISBN 0-906672-42-2 (Paper)
19. High Albania, $43.95, Mary E. Durham, Ayer Company Publishers, ISBN 0-405-02745-1
20. Journey Through Albania, $25.95, John C. Hobhouse, Ayer Company Publishers, ISBN 0-405-02784-2
21. Mountain of Giants, $25.00, Carelton Coon, Periodicals Service Company, ISBN 0-527-01258-0
22. Red Cross, Black Eagle, $46.00, Joan A. Kontos, Eastern European Monographs, ISBN 0-914710-69-9
23. Long Life To Your Children, $40.00 Cloth/$19.95 Paper, Text by Marjorie Senechal/Photos by Stan Sherer University of Massachusetts Press, ISBN 1-55849-096-5 (Cloth) / ISBN 1-55489-097-3 (Paper)