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Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories [Junior Deluxe Editions] (1820)

by Washington Irving

Other authors: Susanne Suba (Illustrator)

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You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" isn't just a chilling tale about the Headless Horseman but an enchanting story about two rival suitors.Equally enjoyable tales of suspense and the supernatural included in this collection are:-"The Spectre Bridegroom" -"The Adventure of the German Student"-"The Devil and Tom Walker" -"The Adventure of the Mason"-"Legend of the Rose of Alhambra"-"The Governor and the Notary"-"Governor Manco and the Soldier"This collection will demonstrate just why Washington Irving is widely recognized as the "Father of American Literature."… (more)
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A fun, quick paced read.

It’s a mix of folk stories from the early U.S. and from Spain. I knew Rip van Winkle and Ichabod Crane from my childhood, but never straight from the author’s own words. The early stories are good for pretty much any age, maybe depending on the sensitivities of the child and how they would feel about headless horsemen and people making deals with the devil, but to me it was a pretty gentle level of creepy. The latter stories mig not hold younger kids’ attention quite so well, but they’re still interesting. I’d let my older kids read/hear any of them, but might just stick with Rip and Ichabod for the ones under 10.

I find that I like Washington’s writing quite bit, he’s pretty straightforward and to the point with his storytelling, but can be a little more flowery and pretty with his descriptions and vocabulary, maybe somewhere between Twain and Dickens. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
Five short stories: from the entirely forgettable "The Pride of the Village", the readable (but forgettable) "Spectre Bridegroom"; the mildly entertaining "Rip van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow" and the take-off of a self-satisfied Enlightenment guy in "Mountjoy."
OK, not a must-read by any means. ( )
  starbox | Sep 30, 2020 |
Se trata de versiones adaptadas para estudiantes de inglés, por lo que no se deben considerar de la misma manera que los originales. El libro cumple su función, y tanto las ilustraciones como las historias en sí son buenísimas. ( )
  little_raven | Jun 1, 2020 |
This wasn't that good of a read. While the stories seem driven, the writing feels archaic and insipid. I did not feel a definite connection, or felt the literary appeal, of much of this collection and it was hard to focus in on the details. Overall, not that great of a read.

2 stars. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Sep 10, 2019 |
Holy crap does Washington Irving suck as a writer. Great ideas REALLY terribly executed. What boring crap. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 23, 2017 |
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Suba, SusanneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donnelly, JenniferIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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By Woden, God of Saxons,
From whence came Wensday, that is Wodensday,
Truth is a thing that ever I will keep
Unto thylke day in which I creep into
My sepulchre -

CARTWRIGHT

Rip Van Winkle.
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,
Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
Forever flushing round a summer sky.

CASTLE OF INDOLENCE

The legend of Sleepy Hollow.
He that supper for is dight,
He lyes full cold, I trow, this night!
Yestreen to chamber I him led,
This night Gray-Steel has made his bed.

SIR EGER, SIR GRAHAME, AND SIR GRAY-STEEL

The spectre bridegroom.
May no wolfe howle; no screech owle stir
A wing about thy sepulchre!
No boysterous winds or stormes come hither,
To starve or wither
Thy soft sweet earth! but, like a spring,
Love keep it ever flourishing.

HERRICK

The pride of the village.
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(The following Tale was found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerocker, an old gentleman, who was very curious in the Dutch history of the province, and the manners of the descendants from its primitive settlers.

Rip Van Winkle.
In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at the broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.

The legend of Sleepy Hollow.
On the summit of one of the heights of the Odenwald, a wild and romantic tract of Upper Germany, that lies not far from the confluence of the Main and the Rhine, there stood, many, many years since, the Castle of the Baron Von Landshort.

The spectre bridegroom.
In the course of an excursion through one of the remote counties of England, I had struck into one of those crossroads that lead through the more secluded parts of the country, and stopped one afternoon at a village, the situation of which was beautifully rural and retired.

The pride of the village.
I was born among romantic scenery, in one of the wildest parts of the Hudson, which at that time was not so thickly settled as at present.

Mountjoy.
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The Children's Golden Library edition (2004) says "Rip Van Winkle and other stories, Washington Irving, first published 1905", and contains 'Rip Van Winkle ; posthumous writing of Diedrich Knickerbocker', 'The legend of Sleepy Hollow ; found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker', 'The spectre bridegroom : a traveller's tale', 'The pride of the village' and 'Mountjoy ; or some passages out of the life of a castlebuilder'.
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You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" isn't just a chilling tale about the Headless Horseman but an enchanting story about two rival suitors.Equally enjoyable tales of suspense and the supernatural included in this collection are:-"The Spectre Bridegroom" -"The Adventure of the German Student"-"The Devil and Tom Walker" -"The Adventure of the Mason"-"Legend of the Rose of Alhambra"-"The Governor and the Notary"-"Governor Manco and the Soldier"This collection will demonstrate just why Washington Irving is widely recognized as the "Father of American Literature."

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