The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, May 23, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 400 pages
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In The Sketch-Book Washington 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'. - ;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'. The result was not only a hugely successful travel book; it exerted a strong formative influence on American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe to Henry James, and is well worth rediscovery in its own right today. 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. -
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
A CHRONOLOGY OF WASHINGTON IRVING
THE SKETCHBOOKOFGeoffrey Crayon Gentn
CONTENTS
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
THE AUTHORS ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF
THE INN KITCHEN
THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOMA Travelers Tale23
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
CHRISTMAS
THE STAGE COACH
CHRISTMAS EVE
CHRISTMAS DAY
THE CHRISTMAS DINNER

THE VOYAGE
ROSCOE
THE WIFE
RIP VAN WINKLE
ENGLISH WRITERS ON AMERICA
RURAL LIFE IN ENGLAND
THE BROKEN HEART
THE ART OF BOOKMAKING
A ROYAL POET
THE COUNTRY CHURCH
THE WIDOW AND HER SON
A SUNDAY IN LONDON15
THE BOARS HEAD TAVERN EASTCHEAPA Shakspearian Research
THE MUTABILITY OF LITERATUREA Colloquy in Westminster Abbey
RURAL FUNERALS
LONDON ANTIQUES
LITTLE BRITAIN
STRATFORDONAVON
TRAITS OF INDIAN CHARACTER
PHILIP OF POKANOKETAn Indian Memoir
JOHN BULL
THE PRIDE OF THE VILLAGE
THE ANGLER
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOWFound among the Papers of the Late Diedrich Knickerbocker
POSTSCRIPTFound in the Handwriting of Mr Knickerbocker
LENVOY59
APPENDIX
IRVINGS NOTES
EDITORS NOTES
Copyright

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