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The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving. Search, Read, Study, Discuss. (1177 words)
The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving.
The Sketch Book was the first American work to gain international literary success and popularity.
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Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. - Blackwell Online (248 words)
In this critical edition Irving sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the classic American short stories, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow".
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.
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