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You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" isn't just a chilling tale about the Headless Horseman but an enchanting story about two rival suitors. Equally enjoyable tales of suspense and the supernatural included in this collection are: —"The Spectre Bridegroom" —"The Adventure of the German Student" —"The Devil and Tom Walker" —"The Adventure of the Mason" —"Legend of the Rose of Alhambra" —"The Governor and the Notary" —"Governor Manco and the Soldier" This collection will demonstrate just why Washington Irving is widely recognized as the "Father of American Literature."


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You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and You are probably familiar with the popularized stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but have you heard the original unabridged versions by Washington Irving? His skillfully written and colorful tales have much more meaning and depth. In "Rip Van Winkle," Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes that were happening in his America, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" isn't just a chilling tale about the Headless Horseman but an enchanting story about two rival suitors. Equally enjoyable tales of suspense and the supernatural included in this collection are: —"The Spectre Bridegroom" —"The Adventure of the German Student" —"The Devil and Tom Walker" —"The Adventure of the Mason" —"Legend of the Rose of Alhambra" —"The Governor and the Notary" —"Governor Manco and the Soldier" This collection will demonstrate just why Washington Irving is widely recognized as the "Father of American Literature."

30 review for Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories, with eBook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Read for a challenge, have not read these since high school. Really enjoyed them

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    The first American writer with his classic American folktales. Irving has a large vocabulary, indicative of his time, but his writing was very easy for me to get through and was quite enjoyable. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" actually take place in America (or, I suppose, the New World). These two have the most compelling premises and Irving concentrates on the setting and atmosphere to great effect. As a result, he's created a rich glimpse into early American identity. As a li The first American writer with his classic American folktales. Irving has a large vocabulary, indicative of his time, but his writing was very easy for me to get through and was quite enjoyable. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" actually take place in America (or, I suppose, the New World). These two have the most compelling premises and Irving concentrates on the setting and atmosphere to great effect. As a result, he's created a rich glimpse into early American identity. As a literature nerd, I feel lucky to have read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" while sitting in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I learned about Irving's life while taking a nighttime tour of the cemetery and visiting his grave. "The Spectre Bridegroom" takes place in Germany, and "The Pride of the Village" takes place in Britain. They are weaker stories, with less plot development and thinner characters. "Mountjoy" does take place in the Hudson Valley, but there is almost no setting description. The whole thing basically takes place in the character's head, and there is no ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Includes 5 short stories. Refreshed my memory of Rip Van Winkle and Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Had never read Specter Bridegroom, Pride of the Village, or Mountjoy but they were interesting. Mostly, Irving used so many wonderful words that you don't hear in conversations anymore. I found myself looking up their definitions in the hope I can throw those words out there for my kids ;-) Includes 5 short stories. Refreshed my memory of Rip Van Winkle and Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Had never read Specter Bridegroom, Pride of the Village, or Mountjoy but they were interesting. Mostly, Irving used so many wonderful words that you don't hear in conversations anymore. I found myself looking up their definitions in the hope I can throw those words out there for my kids ;-)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay B

    Well, I didn't actually finish this. I only read Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. They were so boring. Well, I didn't actually finish this. I only read Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. They were so boring.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie ReadingtoKnow

    I purchased this book years ago with the idea of reading it during the month of October. Octobers came and Octobers went and I never manged to get to it. Until now. Other than being familiar with the Disney cartoon version of The Legend of Sleepy Hallow and reading picture books of Rip Van Winkle as a child, I have had no real exposure to Washington Irving. I have to say that I have missed out! Irving is a witty story teller and I very much enjoyed this book. Do not let Disney provide for you you I purchased this book years ago with the idea of reading it during the month of October. Octobers came and Octobers went and I never manged to get to it. Until now. Other than being familiar with the Disney cartoon version of The Legend of Sleepy Hallow and reading picture books of Rip Van Winkle as a child, I have had no real exposure to Washington Irving. I have to say that I have missed out! Irving is a witty story teller and I very much enjoyed this book. Do not let Disney provide for you your Irving education! (You can enjoy Disney too though... I don't mind.) This book was good fun. And I have a new, jolly author to enjoy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I enjoyed "Rip Van Winkle" and "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" but I found the other stories to be a little dull. This could very well be because the narrator was somewhat dull and I often found my mind wandering. I enjoyed "Rip Van Winkle" and "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" but I found the other stories to be a little dull. This could very well be because the narrator was somewhat dull and I often found my mind wandering.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    Washington Irving is one of my all time short story authors and so for the month of October I had to reread some of his classics. This book is a collection of his great works of folklore which I just love. Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Specter Bridegroom, The Pride of The Village and Mountjoy! I love them all and definitely recommend them. A wonderful book to read around the Autumn/Halloween season.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melany

    Overall I didn't like his writing style, I didn't really like that he was the narrator telling you a story instead of you being in the story and most of his stories just rubbed me the wrong way. I really didn't like the way he talked about women. They were all "sweet untouched flowers" or "old ugly shrew" Rip Van Winkle: Wow this was strange. I didn't get the point was it just suppose about doing anything to get away from your wife? He was a lazy young man that would do literally anything to not Overall I didn't like his writing style, I didn't really like that he was the narrator telling you a story instead of you being in the story and most of his stories just rubbed me the wrong way. I really didn't like the way he talked about women. They were all "sweet untouched flowers" or "old ugly shrew" Rip Van Winkle: Wow this was strange. I didn't get the point was it just suppose about doing anything to get away from your wife? He was a lazy young man that would do literally anything to not do any of his own work and one day goes for a walk and meet a strange man who gives him a strange drink and makes Rip Van Winkle sleep for 20 (or around that) years. I mean he slept through his wife's death and felt relieved. I didn't get it nor did I like it! The Spectre Bridegroom: This one was cute. It is a story of a misunderstanding where a groom heading to meet his future bride is killed and using his dying breath to tell another man to tell the family of his bride to be that he has died and while that man goes to deliver his messages is mistaken for the groom. After meeting the young girl that the dead man was to marry he fell in love with her. I think the story would have been better if the reader didn't know from the beginning that the man who went to meet with the family wasn't the intended bridegroom and if the reader was ticked into think he was actually a ghost. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: This was nothing like how I thought it would be! I have seen adaptions of this story and they make it seem more like a ghost story than it actually is! It's all just a prank because two men were fighting over which would marry the heiress. This took too long to get to the point and Ichabod only really thought about food. The Adventure of the German Student: Um ok necrophilia, why? The Devil and Tom Walker: I liked this one it about if you are a shitty person going to church won't save you from the devil if you continue to be a shit person, you have to do good works to be a good person. The Adventure of the Mason: I liked this one, it shows that sometime it pays to do just an honest day's work (and then some shady shit) The Legend of the Rose of Alhambra: I kinda like this one it was a love story kinda, it was about a girl who is heartbroken getting a magic lute that wins her fame and reunites her with her true love. It was kinda cute but I think she forgave her lover way too quickly The Governor and the Notary: Didn't get this one at all. Governor Manco and the Soldier: I didn't get the point the soldier was imprisoned for making an outrageous story about how he ends up with some money and ends up seducing the Governor handmaiden to get out and runs away with her. It was meh

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jojo

    I bought this book for my daughter who likes spooky stories. I remembered my father reading The Legend of Sleepy Hallow to me when I was a child and being terrified by it (he also read us Rip Van Winkel, which I remembered as being less scary. I tried to read it to her on Halloween night and she fell asleep in about 2 minutes, so I continued to read the stories to myself. I had forgotten (or more likely I did not then realize) how wonderfully humorous and not at all scary the stories are. The la I bought this book for my daughter who likes spooky stories. I remembered my father reading The Legend of Sleepy Hallow to me when I was a child and being terrified by it (he also read us Rip Van Winkel, which I remembered as being less scary. I tried to read it to her on Halloween night and she fell asleep in about 2 minutes, so I continued to read the stories to myself. I had forgotten (or more likely I did not then realize) how wonderfully humorous and not at all scary the stories are. The language and humor are probably a bit difficult for even a really smart 9-year old, so I probably won't try to read these with her just yet. But I definitely enjoyed reading this collection of stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I picked this audio book up from the library because one of the short stories on it was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is our bookclub selection for the month. I enjoyed the entire collection of short stories on this CD; they were lightly spooky and a perfect Halloween-time read. I really liked Washington Irving's writing style, and I could just imagine readers in his day delightfully frightened at his suspenseful and clever stories and anticipating new releases. He has a way of writing in w I picked this audio book up from the library because one of the short stories on it was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is our bookclub selection for the month. I enjoyed the entire collection of short stories on this CD; they were lightly spooky and a perfect Halloween-time read. I really liked Washington Irving's writing style, and I could just imagine readers in his day delightfully frightened at his suspenseful and clever stories and anticipating new releases. He has a way of writing in which the reader feels like he is hearing the story told by an actual witness of events. I particularly liked the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and I appreciated reading the original story that has inspired so many adaptations.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I've been letting people vote on what I listen to in the car. I'll give 3 or 4 choices and a couple days on Facebook, and then pop in whatever the consensus is. I think I would have liked Washington Irving quite a bit more if I would have read him instead of listened to him. There were several points where I lost focus early on, tried backing up the CD, promptly lost focus again, and remained lost the rest of the way through. I enjoyed immensely those stories with which I was already familiar: The I've been letting people vote on what I listen to in the car. I'll give 3 or 4 choices and a couple days on Facebook, and then pop in whatever the consensus is. I think I would have liked Washington Irving quite a bit more if I would have read him instead of listened to him. There were several points where I lost focus early on, tried backing up the CD, promptly lost focus again, and remained lost the rest of the way through. I enjoyed immensely those stories with which I was already familiar: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Devil and Tom Walker, and Rip Van Winkle. I'll come back and give the other stories a chance sometime. I just have to remember to sit down and read them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kingfan30

    I found it interesting the story that gives its name to this book was one of the shorter ones. I have to say I liked the idea behind the first few stories but I just couldn't get my head round the writing style, my just wanted to wonder. I read all the stories but feel maybe I should give them another chance at some point. I found it interesting the story that gives its name to this book was one of the shorter ones. I have to say I liked the idea behind the first few stories but I just couldn't get my head round the writing style, my just wanted to wonder. I read all the stories but feel maybe I should give them another chance at some point.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Most people are familiar with with the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow especially around Halloween. Then comes the story of Rip van Winkle. The remaining three stories: The Spectre Bridegroom, The Pride of the Village and Mountjoy. The Spectre Bridegroom has the spooky feeling that the title conveys although there is a sad circumstance, it ends with a happily-ever-after. The Pride of the Village was a typical story. Nothing surprising. Mountjoy was basically a first-person character relating h Most people are familiar with with the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow especially around Halloween. Then comes the story of Rip van Winkle. The remaining three stories: The Spectre Bridegroom, The Pride of the Village and Mountjoy. The Spectre Bridegroom has the spooky feeling that the title conveys although there is a sad circumstance, it ends with a happily-ever-after. The Pride of the Village was a typical story. Nothing surprising. Mountjoy was basically a first-person character relating how intelligent and well-educated he is. He is an arrogant twit - for the most part - happily living in the delusion of his own superiority. The overall style of narration seemed to drift off into side trips that seem like more extraneous wordage than actually necessary to the development of the story. But that is more likely due to the time-period Irving was writing in.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    A fun, quick paced read. It’s a mix of folk stories from the early U.S. and from Spain. I knew Rip van Winkle and Ichabod Crane from my childhood, but never straight from the author’s own words. The early stories are good for pretty much any age, maybe depending on the sensitivities of the child and how they would feel about headless horsemen and people making deals with the devil, but to me it was a pretty gentle level of creepy. The latter stories mig not hold younger kids’ attention quite so w A fun, quick paced read. It’s a mix of folk stories from the early U.S. and from Spain. I knew Rip van Winkle and Ichabod Crane from my childhood, but never straight from the author’s own words. The early stories are good for pretty much any age, maybe depending on the sensitivities of the child and how they would feel about headless horsemen and people making deals with the devil, but to me it was a pretty gentle level of creepy. The latter stories mig not hold younger kids’ attention quite so well, but they’re still interesting. I’d let my older kids read/hear any of them, but might just stick with Rip and Ichabod for the ones under 10. I find that I like Washington’s writing quite bit, he’s pretty straightforward and to the point with his storytelling, but can be a little more flowery and pretty with his descriptions and vocabulary, maybe somewhere between Twain and Dickens.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    3.5 stars This was a collection of short stories. I was most looking forward to reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was interesting reading the short story of a well-loved cartoon that I grew up on. We follow Icabod Crane and his untimely demise. The final short story was very bland and didn't really conclude of anything besides prepare for life and don't wing it. Rip Van Winkle was the first short story; interesting yet odd. I can't say the nap didn't do him some good in regards to this wife. 3.5 stars This was a collection of short stories. I was most looking forward to reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was interesting reading the short story of a well-loved cartoon that I grew up on. We follow Icabod Crane and his untimely demise. The final short story was very bland and didn't really conclude of anything besides prepare for life and don't wing it. Rip Van Winkle was the first short story; interesting yet odd. I can't say the nap didn't do him some good in regards to this wife. I was pleasantly surprised by The Spectre Bridegroom, but kind of wished it went the way I was hoping instead on the predictable outcome. All in all and enjoyable collection.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lyndon

    This short collection of Irving's literary romances (not romance genre) includes Rip Van Winkle (shallow, the premise of sleeping 20 years is basically the whole story), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (boring and filled with extraneous details, with the headless horsement barely making an appearance...or not), The Spectre Bridegroom (best of the bunch, a pretty good ghost story with a twist), The Pride of the Village (a romance that ends in tragedy, but pretty thin stuff), and Mountjoy (a tedious t This short collection of Irving's literary romances (not romance genre) includes Rip Van Winkle (shallow, the premise of sleeping 20 years is basically the whole story), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (boring and filled with extraneous details, with the headless horsement barely making an appearance...or not), The Spectre Bridegroom (best of the bunch, a pretty good ghost story with a twist), The Pride of the Village (a romance that ends in tragedy, but pretty thin stuff), and Mountjoy (a tedious take on a young man's love for love and learning, that is really no story at all). I guess I can say I've read Washington Irving now - stories that are 200 years old. But really, I wasn't impressed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Multiple, disparate editions of this book are jumbled together on Goodreads; here are the contents of the Junior Deluxe Edition volume: Rip Van Winkle The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Dolph Heyliger The Legend of the Storm-Ship Kidd the Pirate (nonfiction) The Devil and Tom Walker Philip of Pokanoket (nonfiction; about King Philip's War) The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood (nonfiction; about youth of Florida Governor William Duval) The Phantom Island The Adalantado of the Seven Cities Multiple, disparate editions of this book are jumbled together on Goodreads; here are the contents of the Junior Deluxe Edition volume: Rip Van Winkle The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Dolph Heyliger The Legend of the Storm-Ship Kidd the Pirate (nonfiction) The Devil and Tom Walker Philip of Pokanoket (nonfiction; about King Philip's War) The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood (nonfiction; about youth of Florida Governor William Duval) The Phantom Island The Adalantado of the Seven Cities

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed Washington Irving's writing style! I generally enjoy works from around this period because they are so eloquent and melodic without simply being verbose for the sake of being verbose. I actually read a horror story!! lol And there is a horror story that isn't a horror story!! Can it get better than that? And you come away finally knowing the story of Rip Van Winkle! Overall for me a very enjoyable read. I really enjoyed Washington Irving's writing style! I generally enjoy works from around this period because they are so eloquent and melodic without simply being verbose for the sake of being verbose. I actually read a horror story!! lol And there is a horror story that isn't a horror story!! Can it get better than that? And you come away finally knowing the story of Rip Van Winkle! Overall for me a very enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert Hepple

    First published in this form in 1905, 'Rip Van Winkle and other stories' is a collection of 5 short stories published as far back as 1820. Most of the stories have been reprinted many times in many other publications - this is certainly true of 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', and I have certainly come across 'The Spectre Bridegroom' before so I guess the two others are popular as well. Because they are all great tales, and deserve to be reprinted. First published in this form in 1905, 'Rip Van Winkle and other stories' is a collection of 5 short stories published as far back as 1820. Most of the stories have been reprinted many times in many other publications - this is certainly true of 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', and I have certainly come across 'The Spectre Bridegroom' before so I guess the two others are popular as well. Because they are all great tales, and deserve to be reprinted.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Mitchell

    This book of short stories had several exceptionally good ghost stories. Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are well known. The third, The Devil and Tom Walker was my favorite of the three for it's incisive critique of false piety. The other stories in this collection, while well written, did not capture my imagination as much. This book of short stories had several exceptionally good ghost stories. Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are well known. The third, The Devil and Tom Walker was my favorite of the three for it's incisive critique of false piety. The other stories in this collection, while well written, did not capture my imagination as much.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Rip Van Winkle: A lazy, henpecked man falls asleep in the Catskill mountains and awakens 20 years later to find his sleepy mountain town changed throughout the years of the American Revolution. The Dutch living in the region claimed the story to be true (According to Deidrich Knickerbocker), making it perhaps one of the first American legends. The setting also makes it seem like a story imagined in this way: "What if a man slept through the revolution? He would find the whole world so strange and Rip Van Winkle: A lazy, henpecked man falls asleep in the Catskill mountains and awakens 20 years later to find his sleepy mountain town changed throughout the years of the American Revolution. The Dutch living in the region claimed the story to be true (According to Deidrich Knickerbocker), making it perhaps one of the first American legends. The setting also makes it seem like a story imagined in this way: "What if a man slept through the revolution? He would find the whole world so strange and utterly different when he awoke." Either that or this is a story about how if you are lazy and henpecked, all you need to be happy is to grow past the age of impunity... All sides considered, this is a pretty charming and intriguing story. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Tale of an ambitious traveling school teacher who disappeared in a frightening chase after a night of telling ghost stories. Coincidentally, the young woman he was interested in married his rival. Humorous and festive--just great storytelling. Love it. The Spectre Bridegroom: A castle feast is devastated and frightened to discover that the bridegroom who arrived late is dead and must hasten to his burial at the churchyard. Creepy enough for a Hallow's Eve read, but it turns out alright in the end. The Pride of the Village: When a young girl becomes enamored by a traveling soldier, she dies of a broken heart when he leaves. Mountjoy: to be continued...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    These were pretty good. I was worried that the kids were tuning out, but they stuck with them and I even caught Sophie giggling when Mr. Mountjoy is corrected by Miss Somerville. They enjoyed the ghost stories quite a bit as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I struggled to maintain excitement through the stories I hadn't already any familiarity with. I dove into this collection with the intention to better familiarize myself with the full, original versions of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle and was able to accomplish that goal with delight. I struggled to maintain excitement through the stories I hadn't already any familiarity with. I dove into this collection with the intention to better familiarize myself with the full, original versions of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle and was able to accomplish that goal with delight.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Five short stories: from the entirely forgettable "The Pride of the Village", the readable (but forgettable) "Spectre Bridegroom"; the mildly entertaining "Rip van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow" and the take-off of a self-satisfied Enlightenment guy in "Mountjoy." OK, not a must-read by any means. Five short stories: from the entirely forgettable "The Pride of the Village", the readable (but forgettable) "Spectre Bridegroom"; the mildly entertaining "Rip van Winkle" and "Sleepy Hollow" and the take-off of a self-satisfied Enlightenment guy in "Mountjoy." OK, not a must-read by any means.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ostrava

    Didn't really care for Sleepy Hollow, LOVED Rip Van Winkle and The Spectre Bridegroom. Too bad the former brought the rating down. It's a nice collection, but I don't think I will be coming back to Irving unless it's to reread these stories. Didn't really care for Sleepy Hollow, LOVED Rip Van Winkle and The Spectre Bridegroom. Too bad the former brought the rating down. It's a nice collection, but I don't think I will be coming back to Irving unless it's to reread these stories.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Sfogs)

    I got this book from a second hand shop in Inverness, Scotland. Read it in the Netherlands. It was a nice book to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This is an enjoyable collection of short stories from Irving the "Father of American Literature". They are a lovely window into Irving's time and place and Romanticism literature. This is an enjoyable collection of short stories from Irving the "Father of American Literature". They are a lovely window into Irving's time and place and Romanticism literature.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patreesha

    Some stories are better than others, of course. Very enjoyable reading the original classic tales.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I get the feeling Lemony Snicket was influenced by this writer!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fuzzball Baggins

    These stories were rather tedious and uninteresting.

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