The Legend of Sleepy Hollow + Rip Van Winkle + Old Christmas + 31 Other Unabridged & Annotated Stories (The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.)

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This carefully crafted ebook: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow + Rip Van Winkle + Old Christmas + 31 Other Unabridged & Annotated Stories (The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by Washington Irving. It was published serially throughout 1819 and 1820. The collection includes two of Irving's best-known stories, attributed to the fictional Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story originally published in 1820 as part of a series of sketches under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the story of Ichabod Crane — a superstitious school teacher — and how he is driven from the small town of Sleepy Hollow by a headless, horse-riding specter. The mythic horseman in Irving’s Legend was rumored to be the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier, tragically decapitated by a flying cannonball. "Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by Irving published in 1819 as well as the name of the story's fictional protagonist. Written while Irving was living in Birmingham, England, it was part of a collection entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. "Old Christmas", published in 1886, is a collection of five Christmas "sketches" by Washington Irving from his famous Sketch Book. It describes Irving's experiences at the English country estate of Mr. Bracebridge during the "coaching days" of the early 19th century, focusing on the sights, sounds, smells and traditions of "Old" Christmas. Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra.
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Nov 10, 2013
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576
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9788074849718
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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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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Charles Dickens
Before there were lovable hobbits and Game of Thrones  and kid wizards named Harry Potter, there were the 10 best fantasy short stories published in English during the first half of the nineteenth century. These excellent stories have been uncovered by Andrew Barger, awarding winning editor of 6a66le: The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849 and BlooDeath: The Best Vampire Short Stories 1800-1849.

In old magazines and forgotten journals, Andrew read well over 100 fantasy short stories and settled on the very best for this fantasy anthology. He provides a list, at the back of the collection, of the stories considered along with the author and year of publication. Andrew further includes background introductions to each story and author photos, where available. But his treatment of some of the earliest stories in the genre gets even better with annotations of the stories, which allow readers to peek behind the stories.
 Middle Unearthed, an Introduction — Andrew Barger

1836 “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” — Charles Dickens

1839 “The Kelpie Rock” — Joseph Holt Ingraham

1831 “Transformation” — Mary Shelley

1819 “Rip Van Winkle” — Washington Irving

1824 “Lilian of the Vale” — George Darley

1835 “The Doom of Soulis” — John MacKay Wilson

1827 “The Dwarf Nose” — Wilhelm Hauff

1829 “Seddik Ben Saad the Magician” — D.C.

1845 “The Witch Caprusche” — Elizabeth F. Ellet

1837 “The Pale Lady” — George Soane

Fantasy Short Stories Andrew Considered

Take a wondrous journey into the early unknown and read the 10 best fantasy stories from 1800-1849 today. 

Washington Irving
 IN the spring of 1829, the author of this work, whom curiosity had brought into Spain, made a rambling expedition from Seville to Granada in company with a friend, a member of the Russian Embassy at Madrid. Accident had thrown us together from distant regions of the globe and a similarity of taste led us to wander together among the romantic mountains of Andalusia. Should these pages meet his eye, wherever thrown by the duties of his station, whether mingling in the pageantry of courts, or meditating on the truer glories of nature, may they recall the scenes of our adventurous companionship, and with them the recollection of one, in whom neither time nor distance will obliterate the remembrance of his gentleness and worth.

And here, before setting forth, let me indulge in a few previous remarks on Spanish scenery and Spanish travelling. Many are apt to picture Spain to their imaginations as a soft southern region, decked out with the luxuriant charms of voluptuous Italy. On the contrary, though there are exceptions in some of the maritime provinces, yet, for the greater part, it is a stern, melancholy country, with rugged mountains, and long sweeping plains, destitute of trees, and indescribably silent and lonesome, partaking of the savage and solitary character of Africa. What adds to this silence and loneliness, is the absence of singing-birds, a natural consequence of the want of groves and hedges. The vulture and the eagle are seen wheeling about the mountain-cliffs, and soaring over the plains, and groups of shy bustards stalk about the heaths; but the myriads of smaller birds, which animate the whole face of other countries, are met with in but few provinces in Spain, and in those chiefly among the orchards and gardens which surround the habitations of man.

In the interior provinces the traveller occasionally traverses great tracts cultivated with grain as far as the eye can reach, waving at times with verdure, at other times naked and sunburnt, but he looks round in vain for the hand that has tilled the soil. At length he perceives some village on a steep hill, or rugged crag, with mouldering battlements and ruined watchtower: a stronghold, in old times, against civil war, or Moorish inroad; for the custom among the peasantry of congregating together for mutual protection is still kept up in most parts of Spain, in consequence of the maraudings of roving freebooters.

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