Download History, Tales, and Sketches: The Sketch Book / A History of New York / Salmagundi / Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. Book by Washington Irving

Download History, Tales, and Sketches: The Sketch Book / A History of New York / Salmagundi / Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. Book by Washington Irving

History, Tales, and Sketches: The Sketch Book / A History of New York / Salmagundi / Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent.

This Library of America volume brings together the first four works of Washington Irving, America s first internationally recognized man of letters Irving s early writings earned the admiration of literary figures like Hawthorne, Poe, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, and Dickens He was widely traveled, a connoisseur of the theater both at home and abroad, and an intimate of roya This Library of America volume brings together the first four works of Washington Irving, America s first internationally recognized man of letters Irving s early writings earned the admiration of literary figures like Hawthorne, Poe, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, and Dickens He was widely traveled, a connoisseur of the theater both at home and abroad, and an intimate of royalty and high society in Europe and America.Irving s career as a writer began obscurely at age seventeen, when his brother s newspaper published his series of comic reports on the theater, theater goers, fashions, balls, courtships, duels, and marriages of his contemporary New York, called Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent Written in the persona of an elderly gentleman of the old school, these letters captured his fellow townsmen at play in their most incongruous attitudes of simple sophistication Irving s next work, Salmagundi, written in collaboration with his brother William and James Kirke Paulding, and published at irregular intervals in 1805 06, continued this roguish style of satire and burlesque Gossipy and current, filled with the latest news of the theater and other goings on about town, or stirring up yet another literary squabble or scandal, Salmagundi is written with the innovativeness and energy of an accomplished new voice bursting upon a startled literary scene.A History of New York, publicized by an elaborate hoax in the local newspapers concerning the disappearance of the elderly Diedrich Knickerbocker, turned out to be a wild and hilarious spoof that combined real New York history with political satire Quickly reprinted in England, it was admired by Walter Scott and Charles Dickens who carried his copy in his pocket In later years, as Irving revised and re revised his History, he softened his gibes at Thomas Jefferson, the Dutch, and the Yankees of New England this Library of America volume presents the work in its original, exuberant, robust, and unexpurgated form, giving modern readers a chance to enjoy the version that brought him immediate international acclaim.The Sketch Book contains Irving s two best loved stories, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow It also includes many sketches of English country and city life, as well as nostalgic portraits of vanishing traditions, like the old celebrations of Christmas One of Irving s most captivating books, it reveals both the brilliance of his realistic depictions and his ability to appropriate European fables and themes to native purposes.A writer of great urbanity and poise, acutely sensitive to the nostalgia of a passing age, Washington Irving was a central figure in America s emergence on the international scene

Title : History, Tales, and Sketches: The Sketch Book / A History of New York / Salmagundi / Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent.
Author :  Washington Irving
Language : English
Isbn : 0940450143
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 1144 pages

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