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Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (The Macmillan Classics - Library Edition) Library Binding – 1966

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Macmillan Company, New York (1966)
  • ASIN: B004XVLH9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,604,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you're like me, you basically know these stories from the many retellings of them in various media, but never actually got around to reading the originals written by Washington Irving. I finally did, and found it well worth doing. Irving is a fine writer, and puts in many details that make these stories much more vivid than in any other version I've heard and bring them to life. They also give fascinating glimpses into early American life, as when Rip Van Winkle declares his allegiance to King George and is nearly strung up by an angry mob. There is a reason these stories have become iconic, and that is because the originals drew these characters and their tales so brilliantly, much more so than any of the second-hand (and usually second-rate) versions.
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I've purchased Dover editions of other texts and been fine with the quality, especially for the price. However, there is a major substantive problem with this edition of Irving's stories.

--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.
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Format: Paperback
Washington Irving's (1783-1859) claim to fame is as a pioneer of American fiction, and he is widely recognized as the "father of American literature." The book that especially propelled him to fame was "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." which contained his two most famous fantasy stories - "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - both of which are contained in this collection.
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.
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Format: Paperback
First off, this review is of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle" published by Dover Children's Thrift Classics, $.... While most reviews might concentrate on the merits of the stories themselves, this review is meant to support the benefits of purchasing this particular edition over others.
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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The best illustrations of Irving's two best loved tales. Irving himself had the opportunity to view these illustrations in an earlier edition. This is coffee table type book, but not a cumbersome size. What I really like is that this book has sewn binding, not glued.
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