The sketch book of Geoffrey Crayon, gent
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The sketch book of Geoffrey Crayon, gent

By Washington Irving
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I stepped upon the land of my forefathers - but felt than I was a stranger in the land. With these words, Washington Irving expresses the dilemma of every American artist in the nineteenth century. The Sketch Book (1820-1) looks simultaneously towards audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, as Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. He sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two brilliant experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the first classic American short stories, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow'. Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch-Book's sources for the modern reader. In her introduction, Susan Manning suggests that the author forged a new idiom, the 'Literary Picturesque', to accommodate and turn to advantage his dilemma of dual literary allegiances.

Table of Contents
  • THE SKETCH BOOK of GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
  • THE SKETCH-BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
    • PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.
  • THE SKETCH BOOK.
    • THE AUTHOR'S ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF
    • THE VOYAGE.
    • ROSCOE.
    • THE WIFE.
    • RIP VAN WINKLE.
      • A POSTHUMOUS WRITING OF DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER.
    • ENGLISH WRITERS ON AMERICA.
    • RURAL LIFE IN ENGLAND.
    • THE BROKEN HEART.
    • THE ART OF BOOK-MAKING.
    • A ROYAL POET.
    • THE COUNTRY CHURCH.
    • THE WIDOW AND HER SON.
    • A SUNDAY IN LONDON.*
    • THE BOAR'S HEAD TAVERN, EASTCHEAP.
      • A SHAKESPEARIAN RESEARCH.
    • THE MUTABILITY OF LITERATURE.
      • A COLLOQUY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
    • RURAL FUNERALS.
    • THE INN KITCHEN.
    • THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM.
      • A TRAVELLER'S TALE.*
    • WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
    • CHRISTMAS.
    • THE STAGE-COACH.
    • CHRISTMAS EVE.
    • CHRISTMAS DAY.
    • THE CHRISTMAS DINNER.
    • LONDON ANTIQUES.
    • LITTLE BRITAIN.
    • STRATFORD-ON-AVON.
    • TRAITS OF INDIAN CHARACTER.
    • PHILIP OF POKANOKET.
      • AN INDIAN MEMOIR.
    • JOHN BULL.
    • THE PRIDE OF THE VILLAGE.
    • THE ANGLER.
    • THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
      • (FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS OF THE LATE DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER.)
    • L'ENVOY.*
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