The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon: (32 Stories, Includes the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Little Britain and Rip Van Winkle)

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MobileReference, Dec 15, 2009 - 227 pages
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The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., commonly referred to as The Sketch Book, is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by Washington Irving. Published serially throughout 1819 and 1820, the collection includes two of Irving's best-known works, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." It also marks Irving's first use of the pseudonym "Geoffrey Crayon," which he would continue to employ throughout his literary career. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Voyage Roscoe The Wife Rip Van Winkle 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 The Mutability Of Literature Rural Funerals The Inn Kitchen The Spectre Bridegroom 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 John Bull The Pride of The Village The Angler The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York.

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