The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon

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DigiCat, 2022 M09 16 - 392 pages
In 'The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon' by Washington Irving, the reader is taken on a journey through a collection of essays and short stories that are a delightful mix of humor, satire, and contemplation. Irving's literary style is characterized by his vivid descriptions, clever wordplay, and keen observations of human nature. Set in the early 19th century, the book reflects the Romantic movement in literature with its focus on imagination, nature, and the supernatural. The stories within the book range from lighthearted and charming to eerie and mysterious, showcasing Irving's versatility as a writer. The inclusion of popular stories such as 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' further solidifies Irving's place in American literary history. Washington Irving, known for his contributions to American literature, drew inspiration for 'The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon' from his travels in Europe and his interest in folklore and legend. As a pioneer of the short story genre, Irving's work continues to captivate readers with its timeless appeal and enchanting storytelling. I highly recommend 'The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon' to those interested in exploring the rich tapestry of early American literature and experiencing the magic of Irving's imagination.
 

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PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
ROSCOE
RIP VAN WINKLE
ENGLISH WRITERS ON AMERICA
THE BROKEN HEART
A ROYAL POET
THE COUNTRY CHURCH
A SUNDAY IN LONDON
THE MUTABILITY OF LITERATURE
RURAL FUNERALS
THE INN KITCHEN
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS DINNER

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Washington Irving (1783–1859) was a preeminent American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. Considered the first American man of letters, Irving achieved international fame for his literary works, including 'The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.' Published in 1819-1820, this collection featured a mixture of essays and short stories, including the widely celebrated tales 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' (Irving, 1820). Known for his engaging prose and wit, Irving was adept at blending satire, fantasy, and historical fact, which was a novelty in American literature of his time. His literary style often romanticized colonial America and the wilderness of the New World, endearing both local and foreign readers to his narrative charm. Aside from 'The Sketch-Book,' Irving authored several other notable works such as 'Bracebridge Hall,' 'Tales of a Traveller,' and his biographies of Christopher Columbus and George Washington, which further cemented his status as a leading figure in American letters. Irving's contributions to American literature and his role in shaping the American identity through narrative cannot be overstated, and his influence is evident in the generations of writers who followed.

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