Old Christmas

Courier Corporation
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Washington Irving's delightful account of a festive Christmas holiday includes five incomparable essays. Written well over a century ago, Irving's sketches "celebrate the celebration" with heartwarming descriptions of Yuletide events.
Irving recalls with warmth and wonder his many colorful experiences of a traditional Victorian Christmas while a guest at an English estate--from the Christmas Eve trip by a stagecoach filled with "rosy-cheeked boys" returning from school, and scenes of domestic hilarity during holiday games, to solemn services at the village church and the return home to a sumptuous holiday dinner.
Enhanced with more than 100 charming illustrations by noted nineteenth-century artist Randolph Caldecott, this engaging book helped nurture America's recognition of the holiday. Perfect for gift-giving, the collection elicits from a master American storyteller a magical remembrance of Christmas past.
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Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York.

Heralded as the greatest artist of the triumvirate of modern illustrators that included Greenaway and Crane, Randolph Caldecott is highly praised for introducing techniques of animation into picture book art and for his humorous, satiric extensions of the text in his illustrations. Caldecott's fame centers on 16 books, often referred to as the "Toy Books," reprinted by Edmund Evans in his innovative printing techniques, featuring mainly traditional nursery rhymes and songs, and published in pairs. They include: The House That Jack Built (1865), The Diverting History of John Gilpin (written by William Cowper) (1878), Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog (written by Oliver Goldsmith) (1979), Babes in the Wood (1879), Sing a Song of Sixpence (1880), The Three Jovial Huntsmen (1880), The Farmer's Boy (1881), The Queen of Hearts (1881), The Milkmaid (1882), Hey Diddle Diddle with Baby Bunting (1882), A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go (1883), and The Fox Jumps over the Parson's Gate (1884). Caldecott generally drew his illustrations in sepia applied with a brush rather than a pen; he included an average of three uncolored illustrations for each colored one. He has received praise for his fluid style, which created a sense of movement across a page and from one page to another; he is also lauded for his insight into human nature and instinctive grasp of what appeals to children. Each year the American Library Association awards a highly coveted medal in his name to the best illustrated book by an American author.

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Publisher
Courier Corporation
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Published on
Jun 28, 2012
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9780486122625
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / Essays
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America's first international man-of-letters deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of classic literature. This comprehensive eBook presents Irving’s complete fictional works, with a range on non-fiction works, spiced with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 2)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Irving's life and works
* Concise introductions to the story collections and other works
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Scarce satirical works, like Irving’s first ever book LETTERS OF JONATHAN OLDSTYLE – appearing in a digital collection for the first time
* Many famous short stories are illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* Includes Irving's two ‘lost’ plays, discovered over a hundred years after the author’s death – first time in digital print
* Rare poems appearing for the first time in digital print
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Irving’s contribution to literature
* Features two biographies - discover Irving's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with rare stories and the seminal non-fiction work A TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES

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CONTENTS:

The Short Story Collections
THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
BRACEBRIDGE HALL
TALES OF A TRAVELLER
TALES OF THE ALHAMBRA
THE CRAYON MISCELLANY
WOLFERT’S ROOST

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Satires
LETTERS OF JONATHAN OLDSTYLE, GENT.
A HISTORY OF NEW YORK

The Plays
ABU HASSAN
THE WILD HUNTSMAN

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS

The Non-Fiction
A TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES
CHRONICLE OF THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA
ASTORIA
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE. THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
LIFE OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH
LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: VOLUME I

The Criticism
ELIA, AND GEOFFREY CRAYON by William Hazlitt
SPEECH: NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 18, 1842 by Charles Dickens
A FABLE FOR CRITICS by James Russell Lowell
POE, IRVING, HAWTHORNE by George Parsons Lathrop
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN WASHINGTON IRVING AND EDGAR ALLAN POE

The Biographies
WASHINGTON IRVING by Henry W. Boynton
WASHINGTON IRVING by Charles Dudley Warner

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