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Little Masterpieces

By Irving, Washington

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Book Id: WPLBN0000581191
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 10.9 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007

Title: Little Masterpieces  
Author: Irving, Washington
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.). Little Masterpieces. Retrieved from http://cn.worldlibrary.net/

Excerpt: The Author s Account of Himself, which prefaces ?The Sketch-Book,? Geoffrey Crayon compares himself with the unlucky landscape painter who had sketched in nooks and corners and by-places, but had neglected to paint St. Peter s and the Coliseum, and had not a single glacier or volcano in his whole collection. This restriction in theme, which Irving whimsically confesses, was in part, no doubt, as he would have us believe, the result of following the bent of a vagrant inclination, but it was also an evidence of the happiest artistic instinct. One of Irving s most intimate friends has noted his ?wonderful knack at shutting his eyes to the sinister side of anything.? To ignore the sinister side of life is to restrict one s art; but Irving was led by a faultless taste to those subjects that lay well within his powers. Better than most authors of equal rank, he knew what to avoid. In his unfailing sense of proportion, purity of feeling, and fine re...

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: PAGE -- Editor s Introduction v -- Rip Van Winkle I -- {From Sketch Book) -- Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 35 -- (From Sketch Book) -- The Devil and Tom Walker, 91 -- (From Tales of a Traveller) -- The Voyage "5 -- (From Sketch Book) -- Westminster Abbey, 129 -- (From Sketch Book) -- Stratford-on-Avon H9 -- (From Sketch Book) -- The Stout Gentleman, 183


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