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Rip Van Winkle (Illustrated Edition) [NOOK Book]

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This version of Rip Van Winkle is an illustrated 1921 edition.

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving published in 1819, as well as the name of the story's fictional protagonist. Written while Irving was living in Birmingham, England, it was part of a collection entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Although the story is set in New ...
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Rip Van Winkle (Illustrated Edition)

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Overview

This version of Rip Van Winkle is an illustrated 1921 edition.

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving published in 1819, as well as the name of the story's fictional protagonist. Written while Irving was living in Birmingham, England, it was part of a collection entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Although the story is set in New York's Catskill Mountains, Irving later admitted, "When I wrote the story, I had never been on the Catskills."

After a failed business venture with his brothers, Irving filed for bankruptcy in 1818. Despondent, he turned to writing for possible financial support, though he had difficulty thinking of stories to write. He stayed in Birmingham, England with his brother-in-law Henry Van Wart. The two were reminiscing in June 1818 when Irving was suddenly inspired by their nostalgic conversation. Irving locked himself in his room and wrote non-stop all night. As he said, he felt like a man waking from a long sleep. He presented the first draft of "Rip Van Winkle" to the Van Wert family over breakfast.

"Rip Van Winkle" was one of the first stories Irving proposed for his new book, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Irving asked his brother Ebeneezer to assist with publication in the United States. As Irving wrote, "I shall feel very anxious to hear of the success of this first re-appearance on the literary stage – Should it be successful, I trust I shall be able henceforth to keep up an occasional fire." 2000 copies of the first octavo-sized installment which included "Rip Van Winkle" were released on June 23, 1819, in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, published by Cornelius S. Van Winkle and sold at a somewhat expensive 75 cents. A British edition was published shortly after by John Miller, who went out of business immediately after. With help from friend Walter Scott, Irving was able to convince John Murray to take over British publication of the Sketch Book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015041712
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 1,165,418
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819. He continued to publish regularly—and almost always successfully—throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York.

Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    The Classic Tale

    This is the true classic Rip Van Winkle, with the proper forward and afterward included. The plates in the book are fantastic. I would recommend this book over all others of the same title

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Hands Down The Best Book I've Ever Read!!!!

    I'ts a true classic.Mr.Irving is a true auther and I think his story is amazing!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Pretty good

    We read it in my english class. It can be difficult to understand, but it was interesting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Rachel

    *she exhaled deeply and looked afound.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Please tap

    Contact me by roke. for a friend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Pain

    -Pain sauntered in and sat.-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    THIS BOOK MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CANT UNDERSTAND IT AND IM AT TENTH GRADE READING LEVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!###!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Wonder

    Sounds good to me
    Wonder Woman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    HORRIBLE

    ALL IN SHORTHAND

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Fallen

    Hi guys! It's Fallen! I'm on my Step Moms Nook Color. I can't see headlines. -Fallen p.s. Probably My last post.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Can i join.

    My name is Fog

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Jason

    Gets a revolver and kills all.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Alexandria

    Hey guys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Feferi

    Hello

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    Posted June 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    The elven woman

    Flies away forever, totally disgusted.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    HailStorm

    He rolled into town at about 3:56am in his cousin's red SUV. He and his family had traveled all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to this town of Rip City, after the news that they were selected to be particpants of a big national TV thing that Hail (his name) didn't even know about. He stared out the window and saw the dark streets roll by. "So...Hail? You're what...14 now?" His cousin Steafano asked. "Almost 15." He sighed.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Lnkhbhd

    Flamzy looked around at all the people. Not one of them seemed to notice her.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Vivud

    Gtg to bed. Byel

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Silence

    She cries even louder

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