The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. cover

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - The Author's Account of Himself
3. 02 - The Voyage
4. 03 - Roscoe
5. 04 - The Wife
6. 05 - Rip Van Winkle
7. 06 - English Writers on America
8. 07 - Rural Life in England
9. 08 - The Broken Heart
10. 09 - The Art of Book-making
11. 10 - A Royal Poet
12. 11 - The Country Church
13. 12 - The Widow and her Son
14. 13 - A Sunday in London
15. 14 - The Boar's Head Tavern
16. 15 - The Mutability of Literature
17. 16 - Rural Funerals
18. 17 - The Inn Kitchen
19. 18 - The Spectre Bridegroom
20. 19 - Westminster Abbey
21. 20 - Christmas
22. 21 - The Stage-Coach
23. 22 - Christmas Eve
24. 23 - Christmas Day
25. 24 - The Christmas Dinner
26. 25 - London Antiques
27. 26 - Little Britain
28. 27 - Stratford-on-Avon
29. 28 - Traits of Indian Character
30. 29 - Philip of Pokanoket
31. 30 - John Bull
32. 31 - The Pride of the Village
33. 32 - The Angler
34. 33 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 1
35. 34 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 2
36. 35 - L'Envoy

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Summary

Apart from "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - the pieces which made both Irving and The Sketch Book famous - other tales include "Roscoe", "The Broken Heart", "The Art of Book-making", "A Royal Poet", "The Spectre Bridegroom", "Westminster Abbey", "Little Britain", and "John Bull". His stories were highly influenced by German folktales, with "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" being inspired by a folktale recorded by Karl Musaus. Stories range from the maudlin (such as "The Wife" and "The Widow and Her Son") to the picaresque ("Little Britain") and the comical ("The Mutability of Literature"), but the common thread running through The Sketch Book - and a key part of its attraction to readers - is the personality of Irving's pseudonymous narrator, Geoffrey Crayon. Erudite, charming, and never one to make himself more interesting than his tales, Crayon holds The Sketch Book together through the sheer power of his personality - and Irving would, for the rest of his life, seamlessly enmesh Crayon's persona with his own public reputation. (Introduction by Wikipedia)