The Complete Tales Of Washington Irving

The Complete Tales Of Washington Irving

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Overview

Washington Irving (1783–1859) was the first American literary artist to earn his living solely through his writings and the first to enjoy international acclaim. In addition to his long public service as a diplomat, Irving was amazingly prolific: His collected works fill forty volumes that encompass essays, history, travel writings, and multi-volume biographies of Columbus and Washington. But it is Irving's mastery of suspense, characterization, tempo, and irony that transforms his fiction into virtuoso performances, earning him his reputation as the father of the American short story. Charles Neider has gathered all sixty-one of Irving's tales, originally scattered throughout his many collections of nonfiction essays and sketches, into one magnificent volume. Together, they reveal his wide range: besides the expected classics like "Rip Van Winkle," "The Spectre Bridegroom," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and "The Devil and Tom Walker," his fiction embraces realistic tales, ghost stories, parodies, legends, fables, and satires. For those familiar only with secondhand retellings of Irving's most famous tales, this collection offers the opportunity to step inside Washington Irving's imagination and partake of its innumerable and timeless pleasures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306808401
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Pages: 840
Sales rank: 1,102,764
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 10.00(d)

About the Author

Charles Neider is a noted literary critic, editor, and novelist. His many books as editor include Washington Irving's George Washington: A Biography, The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain, The Great West: A Treasury of Firsthand Accountsand The Complete Short Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson.The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xi
RIP VAN WINKLE
1(16)
THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM
17(14)
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
31(26)
THE STOUT GENTLEMAN
57(9)
THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA
66(56)
ANNETTE DELARBRE
122(17)
DOLPH HEYLIGER
139(56)
Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman 195(72)
THE GREAT UNKNOWN [a preface]
195(2)
THE HUNTING-DINNER
197(4)
THE ADVENTURE OF MY UNCLE
201(10)
THE ADVENTURE OF MY AUNT
211(4)
THE BOLD DRAGOON; or The Adventure of My Grandfather
215(8)
ADVENTURE OF THE GERMAN STUDENT
223(5)
ADVENTURE OF THE MYSTERIOUS PICTURE
228(7)
ADVENTURE OF THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER
235(7)
THE STORY OF THE YOUNG ITALIAN
242(25)
Buckthorne and His Friends 267(94)
LITERARY LIFE
267(2)
A LITERARY DINNER
269(3)
THE CLUB OF QUEER FELLOWS
272(5)
THE POOR-DEVIL AUTHOR
277(15)
NOTORIETY
292(2)
A PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHER
294(2)
BUCKTHORNE: or, the Young Man of Great Expectations
296(41)
GRAVE REFLECTIONS OF A DISAPPOINTED MAN
337(5)
THE BOOBY SQUIRE
342(4)
THE STROLLING MANAGER
346(15)
The Italian Banditti 361(68)
THE INN AT TERRACINA
361(10)
ADVENTURE OF THE LITTLE ANTIQUARY
371(7)
THE BELATED TRAVELLERS
378(13)
ADVENTURE OF THE POPKINS FAMILY
391(5)
THE PAINTER'S ADVENTURE
396(7)
THE STORY OF THE BANDIT CHIEFTAIN
403(9)
THE STORY OF THE YOUNG ROBBER
412(9)
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGLISHMAN
421(8)
The Money-Diggers 429
HELL GATE
429(3)
KIDD THE PIRATE
432(5)
THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER
437(12)
WOLFERT WEBBER, or Golden Dreams
449(17)
ADVENTURE OF THE BLACK FISHERMAN*
466(25)
THE ADVENTURE OF THE MASON
491(3)
LEGEND OF THE ARABIAN ASTROLOGER
494(18)
LEGEND OF PRINCE AHMED AL KAMEL
512(24)
LEGEND OF THE MOOR'S LEGACY
536(21)
LEGEND OF THE THREE BEAUTIFUL PRINCESSES
557(17)
LEGEND OF THE ROSE OF THE ALHAMBRA
574(12)
THE GOVERNOR AND THE NOTARY
586(7)
GOVERNOR MANCO AND THE SOLDIER
593(13)
LEGEND OF THE TWO DISCREET STATUES
606(14)
SPANISH ROMANCE
620(7)
THE LEGEND OF THE ENCHANTED SOLDIER
627(13)
WOLFERT'S ROOST
640(14)
THE CREOLE VILLAGE
654(7)
MOUNTJOY
661(32)
THE WIDOW'S ORDEAL
693(10)
THE GRAND PRIOR OF MINORCA
703(14)
A CONTENTED MAN
717(5)
GUESTS FROM GIBBET ISLAND
722(10)
THE EARLY EXPERIENCES OF RALPH RINGWOOD
732(26)
THE COUNT VAN HORN
758(11)
DON JUAN: A SPECTRAL RESEARCH
769(8)
LEGEND OF THE ENGULPHED CONVENT
777(5)
THE PHANTOM ISLAND
782
*This tale occurs within "Wolfert Webber."

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