Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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These magnificent illustrations, created for a 1905 edition of Washington Irving's enchanting fairy tale, established Arthur Rackham as a leading illustrator of his time. The illustrations featured traits that soon were to characterize much of Rackham's art: flowing pen lines and muted watercolors, forests of looming trees, lovely fairy maidens, and quizzical troll-like figures. Today these images are recognized as among Rackham's very best works.
This edition features all 51 full-page color plates, as well as the full text of Irving's classic tale. And enduring foundation of Catskill lore, the captivating narrative recounts the fanciful adventures of an amiable ne'er-do-well colonial farmer who wanders into the highlands, falls asleep after drinking with a band of strange little mountain men, and wakes twenty years later in a world that has passed him by.
Effusing a gentle humor, Rackham's art is a constant reminder of a more innocent era. This edition — sure to enchant art lovers — will also delight Rackham devotees and fantasy fans alike.
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A leading figure in the early 20th century's Golden Age of Illustration, English artist Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) brought countless stories and fairy tales to life through his vivid imagination and eye for telling details. Rackham interpreted scenes from fairy tales, Wagnerian opera, and Shakespearean comedy. His memorable images, which combine whimsy, romance, and sophistication, continue to enchant children and adults alike.
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Courier Corporation
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Published on
Dec 19, 2012
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Pages
80
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ISBN
9780486141541
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / European
Design / Book
Design / Graphic Arts / Illustration
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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An enchanting retelling of nineteen fairy tales, introduced by popular fantasy writer Philip Pullman

Originally published in 1927, Told Again is an enchanting collection of elegant fairy tales, showcasing the formidable talents of a writer who used magical realism before the term had even been invented. Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was one of the most celebrated writers of children's literature during the first half of the twentieth century—so much so that W. H. Auden edited a selection of his poems and British children could recite de la Mare’s verses by heart. His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this new edition. With marvelous black and white illustrations by A. H. Watson, this volume includes a splendid introduction by Philip Pullman, the contemporary master of fantasy literature.

The significance of the nineteen adapted classics in Told Again lies in de la Mare’s poetic insights and graceful prose, which—as Pullman indicates in his introduction—soften and sweeten the originals, making these tales appropriate for younger readers. In "The Four Brothers," the siblings allow the princess to choose her own husband rather than argue over her; and in "Rapunzel," de la Mare discreetly leaves out details of the prince’s tortured, blind search for his love. Familiar stories, such as "Little Red Riding-Hood," "Rumplestiltskin," and "The Sleeping Beauty" are also made new through de la Mare’s expansive, descriptive, and lyrical prose. Pullman covers important details about de la Mare’s life and captures the stylistic intention behind the rewriting of these wonderful favorites.

Reviving the work of a writer who exemplified a romantic vision and imagination, Told Again is a remarkable retelling of fairy tales touched by mystery and magic.

Venture to a world of fairies and flowers in this nineteenth-century collection of stories and poems from the beloved author of Little Women.
 
At the tender age of sixteen, Louisa May Alcott’s imagination was already in full bloom. From tales she told her neighbor, Ellen, daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, she wove together stories and songs about fairies, elves, talking flowers, and animals. With innocence and whimsy, Alcott revealed the shadowy kingdom of the Frost-King; introduced the vain fairy, Thistledown, and his kindly friend, Lily-Bell; descended into the depths of the sea with Ripple, the water-spirit; and more!
 
The inspiration for the setting of “Fairyland” was in fact the wooded area around Walden Pond owned by Emerson, where Henry David Thoreau would lead the Alcott sisters and their friends on the berry-picking adventures that activated a rich fantasy world in young Alcott’s mind. As delicately constructed as a butterfly’s wings, these fanciful fables offer a sweet and fascinating glimpse into the imagination of a legendary American writer who had just begun to find her voice.
 
Flower Fables includes“The Frost King: Or, The Power of Love,” “Eva’s Visit to Fairy-Land,” “The Flower’s Lesson,” “Lily-Bell and Thistledown,” “Little Bud,” “Clover-Blossom,” “Little Annie’s Dream: Or, The Fairy Flower,” and “Ripple, the Water-Spirit
Fairy Song.”

This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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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