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The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. : World's Classics - Washington Irving

The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 1st September 2009
ISBN: 9780199555819
Number Of Pages: 400

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With these words, Washington Irving expresses the dilemma of every American artist in the nineteenth century. The Sketch-Book (1820-1) looks simultaneously towards audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, as Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. He sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two brilliant experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the first classic American short stories, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow'.

The result was not only a hugely successful travel book; it exerted a strong formative influence on American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe to Henry James, and is well worth rediscovery in its own right today.

Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch-Book's sources for the modern reader. In her introduction, Susan Manning suggests that the author forged a new idiom, the 'Literary Picturesque', to accommodate and turn to advantage his dilemma of dual literary allegiances. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

ISBN: 9780199555819
ISBN-10: 0199555818
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.28

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