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The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

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(4,167 Sterne; 6 Bewertungen)

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 Musäus. 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)

(15 hr 20 min)

Chapters

00 - Preface

17:53

Read by Easton

01 - The Author's Account of Himself

7:19

Read by Bob Gonzalez

02 - The Voyage

16:08

Read by Delmar H Dolbier

03 - Roscoe

16:43

Read by K.G.Cross

04 - The Wife

18:25

Read by K.G.Cross

05 - Rip Van Winkle

55:17

Read by Easton

06 - English Writers on America

21:35

Read by Pamela Krantz

07 - Rural Life in England

15:58

Read by Jean Bascom

08 - The Broken Heart

14:08

Read by Mike Pelton

09 - The Art of Book-making

15:27

Read by elfpen

10 - A Royal Poet

37:19

Read by David Wales

11 - The Country Church

15:01

Read by David Wales

12 - The Widow and her Son

18:37

Read by NoelBadrian

13 - A Sunday in London

5:07

Read by Bob Gonzalez

14 - The Boar's Head Tavern

22:58

Read by ToddHW

15 - The Mutability of Literature

29:06

Read by Grant Hurlock

16 - Rural Funerals

31:18

Read by David Wales

17 - The Inn Kitchen

5:17

Read by Bob Gonzalez

18 - The Spectre Bridegroom

40:12

Read by Grant Hurlock

19 - Westminster Abbey

31:51

Read by David Wales

20 - Christmas

15:42

Read by Easton

21 - The Stage-Coach

13:41

Read by Anna Simon

22 - Christmas Eve

32:28

Read by Easton

23 - Christmas Day

37:18

Read by David Wales

24 - The Christmas Dinner

39:42

Read by David Wales

25 - London Antiques

13:58

Read by Patti Cunningham

26 - Little Britain

42:20

Read by David Wales

27 - Stratford-on-Avon

47:47

Read by Pamela Krantz

28 - Traits of Indian Character

25:26

Read by Anna Simon

29 - Philip of Pokanoket

48:34

Read by L D Hamilton

30 - John Bull

25:51

Read by Anna Simon

31 - The Pride of the Village

28:41

Read by vikvenom

32 - The Angler

20:21

Read by elfpen

33 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 1

47:13

Read by Easton

34 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 2

39:58

Read by Easton

35 - L'Envoy

6:11

Read by Easton

Bewertungen

DIVERSE ESSAYS

(4,5 Sterne)

A more diverse collection is difficult to imagine. There is something for everyone, and, though it is highly improbable that any reader would enjoy every story, I feel that most readers would enjoy most of them. In my particular case I especially appreciated the commentary on King Phillip's war.

Not the Best

(3 Sterne)

This book has a lot of charming parts - I especially enjoyed the old-fashioned English Christmas. However, I couldn't help but make the comparison with Irving's book on the Alhambra on the one hand (a truly fine book through and through, where the essays and stories are perfectly meshed) and Nathanial Hawthorne's Our Old Home on the other (another look at England through the eyes of an American). Hawthorne is just so much more observant, open to fresh detail, and all around interesting. Altogether, this book disappointed me. The readers were good though

Not what I expected at all

(4 Sterne)

A very English book for an early light in the American literary scene. Contents a very strange admixture. Ghost stories, as you'd expect, and tales like Rip van Winkle, but literary criticism of the love poetry of an obscure Scottish king? Thoughts on English customary funereal practicies? Basically he just threw together anything that wasa bit colourful, so far as I can see. So, good, but wordy, so you'll need to be a patient listener to really enjoy this.