Bracebridge Hall ; Tales of a Traveller ; The Alhambra

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Library of America, 1991 - Literary Collections - 1104 pages
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This second Library of America volume of Washington Irving brings together for the first time three collections of his stories and sketches. Bracebridge Hall (1822) was published under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon, and centers on an English manor, its inhabitants, and the tales they tell. Interspersed with witty, evocative sketches of country life among the English nobility is the well-known tale "The Stout Gentleman" and stories based on English, French, and Spanish folklore, vividly recounted with Irving's inimitable blend of elegance and colloquial dash. Tales of a Traveller (1824), written after a year-long stay in Germany, is a pivotal work in Irving's career, marking his last experiment with fiction before he turned to the writing of history, biography, and adaptation of folktales. The Alhambra (1832) was inspired by Irving's stay during the spring and summer of 1829 at the ancient Moorish palace in Granada, which he called "one of the most remarkable, romantic, and delicious spots in the world."
 

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Irving is one of my favorites - and not because of his Sketch Book, but because he is a writer par excellence. These works were engaging and flowed so easily that I forgot I was reading. Read full review

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User Review  - James Violand - Goodreads

Irving is one of my favorites - and not because of his Sketch Book, but because he is a writer par excellence. These works were engaging and flowed so easily that I forgot I was reading. Read full review

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Contents

The Hall
13
Family Servants
21
The Widow
27
Family Reliques
34
The Widows Retinue
43
Bachelors
51
Story Telling
60
Forest Trees
71
The Adventure of the Mysterious Picture
424
The Adventure of the Mysterious Stranger
432
The Story of the Young Italian
439
Buckthorne and His Friends
465
The Club of Queer Fellows
472
Notoriety
495
Grave Reflections of a Disappointed Man
542
The Strolling Manager
552

The FarmHouse
81
LoveSymptoms
89
Hawking
96
St Marks Eve
102
Gentility
114
The Library
123
Volume II
191
A Bachelors Confessions
198
Gipsies
207
Village Worthies
216
The School
224
The Rookery
231
MayDay
238
The Manuscript
247
Travelling
269
Popular Superstitions
275
The Culprit
283
Family Misfortunes
289
The Historian
297
The Haunted House
300
The StormShip
339
The Wedding
364
TALES OF A TRAVELLER
379
To the Reader
383
The Great Unknown
389
The Adventure of My Aunt
405
The Adventure of the German Student
418
The Journey
725
Palace of the Alhambra
752
Important NegotiationsThe Author succeeds to
764
Inhabitants of the Alhambra
770
The Jesuits Library
779
Yusef Abul Hagig the Finisher of the Alhambra
786
Panorama from the Tower of Comares
798
The Truant
804
The Adventure of the Mason
813
The Abencerrages
822
Mementos of Boabdil
832
Local Traditions
843
Legend of the Arabian Astrologer
849
Visitors to the Alhambra
866
The Generalife
873
Legend of Prince Ahmed al Kamel or the Pilgrim of Love
875
A Ramble Among the Hills
903
The Tower of Las Infantas
929
Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra
952
The Veteran
966
A Fete in the Alhambra
989
The Crusade of the Grand Master of Alcantara
1010
Poets and Poetry of Moslem Andalus
1026
The Authors Farewell to Granada
1048
Chronology
1051
Note on the Texts
1079
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Washington Irving, one of the first American authors to earn his living from writing, was born in 1783 and died in 1859.

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