Washington Irving: History, Tales & Sketches (LOA #16): The Sketch Book / A History of New York / Salmagundi / Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent.

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Washington Irvings career as a writer began obscurely at age seventeen, when his brothers newspaper published his series of comic reports on the theater, theater-goers, fashions, balls, courtships, duels, and marriages of his contemporary New York, calledLetters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. Written in the persona of an elderly gentleman of the old school, these letters captured his fellow townsmen at play in their most incongruous attitudes of simple sophistication. Irvings next work,Salmagundi, written in collaboration with his brother William and James Kirke Paulding, and published at irregular intervals in 180506, continued this roguish style of satire and burlesque.

A History of New York
, publicized by an elaborate hoax in the local newspapers concerning the disappearance of the elderly Diedrich Knickerbocker, turned out to be a wild and hilarious spoof that combined real New York history with political satire. Quickly reprinted in England, it was admired by Walter Scott and Charles Dickens (who carried his copy in his pocket). In later years, as Irving revised and re-revised his History, he softened his gibes at Thomas Jefferson, the Dutch, and the Yankees of New England; this Library of America volume presents the work in its original, exuberant, robust, and unexpurgated form, giving modern readers a chance to enjoy the version that brought him immediate international acclaim.

The Sketch Book
contains Irvings two best-loved stories, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It also includes many sketches of English country and city life, as well as nostalgic portraits of vanishing traditions, like the old celebrations of Christmas.

A writer of great urbanity and poise, acutely sensitive to the nostalgia of a passing age, Washington Irving was a central figure in Americas emergence on the international scene.

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November 15 1802 S LETTER II November 20 1802
7
December 1 1802 IO LETTER IV December 4 1802
14
December 11 1802
19
January 17 1803
23
January 22 1803
27
February 8 1803
33
April 23 1803
39
Salmagundi
45
Cosmogony or Creation of the World With a mul
391
How that famous navigator Admiral Noah
400
In which the Author puts a mighty Question to
412
How Master Hendrick Hudson voyaging in search
427
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
737
The Authors Account of Himself
743
Roscoe
752
The Wife
759

Saturday January 24 1807
49
Wednesday February 4 1807
63
Friday February 13 1807
77
Tuesday February 24 1807
92
Saturday March 7 1807
112
Friday March 20 1807
128
Saturday April 4 1807
143
Saturday April 18 1807
156
Saturday April 25 1807
171
Saturday May 16 1807
189
Tuesday June 2 1807
202
Saturday June 27 1807
216
Friday August 14 1807
235
Saturday September 19 1807
254
Thursday October 1 1807
273
Thursday October is 1807
286
Wednesday November 11 1807
299
Tuesday November 24 1807
313
Thursday December 31 1807
326
Monday January 25 1808
345
A History of New York
363
ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR
373
BOOK I
383
Rip Van Winkle
767
English Writers on America
786
Rural Life in England
795
The Broken Heart
802
The Art of Book Making
808
A Royal Poet
815
The Country Church
829
A Sunday in London
841
The Mutability of Literature
854
Rural Funerals
865
The Inn Kitchen
877
Westminster Abbey
894
CHRISTMAS
909
London Antiques
963
StratfordonAvon
983
Traits of Indian Character IOO2
1002
John Bull
1029
The Angler
1049
LEnvoy
1089
Chronology
1093
Note on the Texts ΙΙ2Ι
1121

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Best known for such classic tales as "Rip Van Wrinkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,"Washington Irving, (1783-1859) was America's first internationally recognized man of letters.

James W. Tuttleton(19021996), volume editor, was chairman of the Department of English at New York University and a co-editor ofThe Gotham Library. His books on American literature includeThe Novel of Manners in AmericaandThomas Wentworth Higginson.