History, Tales, and Sketches

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Library of America, 1983 - 1126 sidor
Washington Irving's career as a writer began obscurely at age seventeen, when his brother's newspaper published his series of comic reports on the theater, theater-goers, fashions, balls, courtships, duels, and marriages of his contemporary New York, called Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. Written in the persona of an elderly gentleman of the old school, these letters captured his fellow townsmen at play in their most incongruous attitudes of simple sophistication. Irving's next work, Salmagundi, written in collaboration with his brother William and James Kirke Paulding, and published at irregular intervals in 1805-06, continued this roguish style of satire and burlesque.

A History of New York
, publicized by an elaborate hoax in the local newspapers concerning the disappearance of the elderly "Diedrich Knickerbocker," turned out to be a wild and hilarious spoof that combined real New York history with political satire. Quickly reprinted in England, it was admired by Walter Scott and Charles Dickens (who carried his copy in his pocket). In later years, as Irving revised and re-revised his History, he softened his gibes at Thomas Jefferson, the Dutch, and the Yankees of New Engl∧ this Library of America volume presents the work in its original, exuberant, robust, and unexpurgated form, giving modern readers a chance to enjoy the version that brought him immediate international acclaim.

The Sketch Book
contains Irving's two best-loved stories, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." It also includes many sketches of English country and city life, as well as nostalgic portraits of vanishing traditions, like the old celebrations of Christmas.

A writer of great urbanity and poise, acutely sensitive to the nostalgia of a passing age, Washington Irving was a central figure in America's emergence on the international scene.

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November 15 1802
5
November 20 1802
7
December 1 1802 IO LETTER IV December 4 1802
14
December 11 1802
19
January 17 1803
23
January 22 1803
27
February 8 1803
33
April 23 1803
39
English Writers on America
786
Rural Life in England
795
The Broken Heart
802
The Art of Book Making
808
A Royal Poet
815
The Country Church
829
A Sunday in London
841
The Mutability of Literature
854

Salmagundi
45
A History of New York
363
ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR
373
BOOK I
383
Cosmogony or Creation of the World With a mul
391
How that famous navigator Admiral Noah
400
In which the Author puts a mighty Question to
412
How Master Hendrick Hudson voyaging in search
427
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
737
The Authors Account of Himself
743
Roscoe
752
The Wife
759
Rip Van Winkle
767
Rural Funerals
865
The Inn Kitchen
877
Westminster Abbey
894
CHRISTMAS
911
London Antiques
963
StratfordonAvon
983
Traits of Indian Character IOO2
1002
John Bull
1029
The Angler
1049
LEnvoy
1089
Chronology
1093
Note on the Texts I12I
1121
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Best known for such classic tales as "Rip Van Wrinkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Washington Irving, (1783-1859) was America's first internationally recognized man of letters.

James W. Tuttleton (1902-1996), volume editor, was chairman of the Department of English at New York University and a co-editor of The Gotham Library. His books on American literature include The Novel of Manners in America and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

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