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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle Paperback – June 15, 2009
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--Both "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this edition are missing the postscripts.
--One is also missing the introductory note by Dietrich Knickerbocker (Irving's alias).
--This edition is supposed to be unabridged.
Those parts do add to the story. I realized these were missing when we were trying to talk about the stories in class and I had an ancient edition (not Dover) with the full text. I've pasted them in to the Dover editions but it's quite awkward.
I'm really confused as to why they were left out. Some novels/plays do have a few versions due to later edits made by the author. I can't find any mention of that online about these stories.
But it is not merely his ground-breaking efforts that garnered him literary recognition, because Irving's stories are at the same time characterized by charming and colourful prose befitting a skilled writer. The two stories in this collection (the "Dover Thrift" edition) are his two most famous stories and are an excellent sampling of his craft. It's not always easy reading - in fact these stories would be too dense even for most older children. His vocabulary is extensive, and sentences structure verbose and lengthy - a style rather unlike that employed by contemporary writers. But despite this, Irving demonstrates a wonderful command of the English language, and has the ability to create a vivid picture of his setting, characters and events. Particularly delightful is the attention he devotes to describing his characters. And yet his stories are far from mere character portraits - they are exciting and enchanting tales that make the reader eager to find out the outcome.
"Rip Van Winkle" has gained the status of a classic, and is familiar to most children, but likely few have read Irving's original. It breathes an authenticity and air not found in the contemporary abridged versions of the story. Irving presents his tale as the alleged discovered manuscript (complete with postscript) of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker.Read more ›
That said, the first thing I would like to comment on is the price. You can't ask for more of a bargain that to pay less than a ... of America's most popular and well known Revolutionary War era stories. Great for anyone on a budget, or parents who want to expand their child's library but don't want to break the bank on something they may only read once. ....
Secondly, I would like to mention that this book contains BOTH "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" AND "Rip Van Winkle" in their respective unabridged entirety. Both are relatively short, entertaining, and easy-to-read stories that supply a great introduction to period literature, beliefs, and storytelling for children and adults alike. While these are not Washington Irving's only writings, they are perhaps the most well-known.
As a former teacher, I have the following suggestion: If you live in the New York metro area, this book would be an excellent jumping off point for a trip to Washington Irving's homestead, "Sunnyside", in Tarrytown, NY, for which you can find plenty of information online. There are several other "living history" sites in the area as well.
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This classic is truly a classic. Unlike many referred to as "classics" this book lives up to its reputation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Hopkins
Loved this book my whole life! It was fun to reread when my teenager needed for school!Published 7 months ago by Ms. MoohVinOn ... ;-)
I think this little book is great. I'll bet it would be perfect for, like, a high school English class to read from.Published 10 months ago by Trevor Otis
Washington Irving is another of our excellent American writers, and one should read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and/or Rip Van Winkle.Published 13 months ago by Honest Citizen
This is WAY TOO below grade level. I needed a more modern translation but this is ridiculously simplified .Published 15 months ago by Jami Fierro
Wonderful story and version. Very colourful. Highly recommendable.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer