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The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

By Irving, Washington

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Book Id: WPLBN0000578398
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 28.5 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007

Title: The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.  
Author: Irving, Washington
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Irving, W. (n.d.). The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. Retrieved from http://cn.worldlibrary.net/


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Editor?s Note: THE essays in this edition of ?The Sketch-Book? have been selected and arranged with reference to their usefulness in the secondary school. Irving claims our attention as the first American to win distinction in the field of letters; this, too, in a day when no critic looked for elegance or refinement in the writings of our countrymen. He represents, also, a distinct period in the history of American letters, and his writings had marked influence in the group of literary men who first gave direction to the American press. In arrangement, Irving s essays approach the narrative form. This, in itself, wakens interest, and the personal charm of the author is such that young and old, alike, find in him a companion and guide. There is, moreover, a fine literary quality in his writings, and the flavor of an older, quieter mood of mind gives them perennial charm. His style, modeled in a measure upon the writings of Goldsmith and of Addison, is very different from that of any writer of our own day; many of his essays are reminiscent and reflective, and his vocabulary includes scores of words or phrases that in these hustling days of train and phone have given place to more concise, direct forms of expression. For these reasons, intimate acquaintance with the essays of ?The Sketch-Book, ? and through them with the genial, cultivated man of letters who was their author, is to the young a first step in liberal culture.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: I. IRVING, THE TRAVELLER, IN RURAL -- ENGLAND -- PAGE s* -- THE AUTHOR S ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF, I -- "" -- THE VOYAGE 4 v -- RURAL LIFE IN ENGLAND, 11 -- THE COUNTRY CHURCH, 19 -- THE WIDOW AND HER SON 25 -- CHRISTMAS 37 -- THE STAGE COACH, 43 -- CHRISTMAS EVE, 50 -- CHRISTMAS DAY 62 -- THE CHRISTMAS DINNER, 76

 
 



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