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The Complete Tales of Washington Irving

Irving, Washington (Book - 1998)
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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.
Authors: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Uniform Title: Short stories
Title: The complete tales of Washington Irving
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 1998
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
Characteristics: xxxvii, 798 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Charles Neider
Notes: Originally published: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1975
Additional Contributors: Neider, Charles 1915-
ISBN: 0306808404
Branch Call Number: FICTION IRVING
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction, American
LCCN: 97034555
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