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Rip Van Winkle. by Washington Irving. Washington Irving (1783 – 1859). Many in Europe thought America would never develop a literary voice of its own Then came Washington Irving
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Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Washington Irving(1783 – 1859) • Many in Europe thought America would never develop a literary voice of its own • Then came Washington Irving • Constantly invented comical, fictional characters to be narrators of his stories • Jonathan Oldstyle • DiedrichKnickerbocker
Washington Irving • Named after the first president, George Washington • Enjoyed the literary societies while he was growing up in New York and practiced law half-heartedly • Sent to England to look after the overseas branch of the family business (failed) • Loved the British literary scene so much that he stayed for 17 years
An International Celebrity • Became America’s first literary international celebrity • The Sketch Book, “Rip Van Winkle,” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are his legacy
The Story of Rip Van Winkle… • Rip is a friendly, lazy man who is loved by everyone in his Catskill Mountain village…except his wife. • Wife = nagging, overbearing, intrusive, and annoying… Rather -Rather than argue with his wife, Rip leaves home and wanders to…guess where? • Can you think of any modern examples (TV, movies, etc.) of this portrayal of a wife?
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