Washington Irving Books In Order


  1. The Sketch Book (1820)
  2. Tales of a Traveller (1824)
  3. The Alhambra (1832)
  4. Tales of the Alhambra (1832)
  5. The Crayon Miscellany (1835)
  6. Astoria (1836)
  7. Chronicles of Wolfert’s Roost (1855)
  8. Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the Spectre Bridegroom (1875)
  9. Washington Irving (1962)
  10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1964)
  11. Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (1966)
  12. The Complete Tales of Washington Irving (1975)
  13. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Ghostly Tales (2019)


  1. Rip Van Winkle (1819)

Non fiction

  1. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville (1837)
  2. Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1839)
  3. The Life of George Washington (1856)
  4. Bracebridge Hall (1865)
  5. The Angler (1892)

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The Sketch Book

In The Sketch Book 1820 21, Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. In two sketches, he experiments with tales transplanted from Europe, thereby creating the first classic American short stories, Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Based on Irving’s final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch Book‘s sources for the modern reader. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Tales of a Traveller

Washington Irving 1783 1859 was an American author of the early nineteenth century. Best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle, he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. He spoke fluent Spanish, which served him well in his writings on that country, and he could read several other languages, including German and Dutch. His first book was A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker. He travelled on the Western frontier in the 1830s and recorded his glimpses of Western tribes in A Tour on the Prairies. He spoke against the mishandling of relations with the Native American tribes by Europeans and Americans. He popularized the nickname ‘Gotham’ for New York City, and is credited with inventing the expression ‘the Almighty dollar’.

The Alhambra

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. million books. com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PALACE OF The Alhambra TO THE traveller imbued with a feeling for the historical and poetical, so inseparably intertwined in the annals of romantic Spain, The Alhambra is as much an object of devotion as is the Caaba to all true Moslems. How many legends and traditions, true and fabulous, how many songs and ballads, Arabian and Spanish, of love and war and chivalry, are associated with this Oriental pile! It was the royal abode of the Moorish kings, where, surrounded with the splendors and refinements of Asiatic luxury, they held dominion over what they vaunted as a terrestrial paradise, and made their last stand for empire in Spain. The royal palace forms but a part of a fortress, the walls of which, studded with towers, stretch irregularly round the whole crest of a hill, a spur of the Sierra Nevada or Snowy Mountains, and overlook the city; externally it is a rude congregation oftowers and battlements, with no regularity of plan nor grace of architecture, and giving little promise of the grace and beauty which prevail within. In the time of the Moors the fortress was capable of containing within its outward precincts an army of forty thousand men, and served occasionally as a stronghold of the sovereigns against their rebellious subjects. After the kingdom had passed into the hands of the Christians, The Alhambra continued to be a royal demesne, and was occasionally inhabited by the Castilian monarchs. The emperor Charles V commenced a sumptuous palace within its walls, but was deterred from completing it by repeated shocks of earthquakes. The last royal residents were Philip V and his beautiful queen, Elizabetta of Parma, early in the eighteenth century.. Great preparations were made for their reception. The palace and gardens were placed in a state of repair, and…

The Crayon Miscellany

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. million books. com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE THREE KINGS OF BERMUDA, And Their Treasure Of Ambergris. AT the time that Sir George Sotners was preparing to launch his cedar built bark, and sail for Virginia, there were three culprits among his men who had been guilty of capital offences. One of them was shot; the others, named Christopher Carter and Edward Waters, escaped. Waters, indeed, made a very narrow escape, for he had actually been tied to a tree to be executed, but cut the rope with a knife, which he had concealed about his person, and fled to the woods, where he was joined by Carter. These two worthies kept themselves concealed in the secret parts of the island, until the departure of the two vessels. When Sir George Somers revisited the island, in quest of supplies for the Virginia colony, these culprits hovered about the landingplace, and succeeded in persuading another seaman, named Edward Chard, to join them, giving him the most seductive picture of the ease and abundance in which they revelled. When the bark that bore Sir George’s body to England had faded from the watery horizon, these three vagabonds walked forth in their majesty and might, the lords and sole inhabitants of these islands. For a time their little commonwealth went on prosperously and happily. They built a house, sowed corn, and the seeds of various fruits ; and having plenty of hogs, wild fowl, and fish of all kinds, with turtle in abundance, carried on their tripartite sovereignty with great harmony and much feasting. All kingdoms, however, are doomed to revolution, convulsion, or decay ; and so it fared with the empire of the three kings of Bermuda, albeit they were monarchs without subjects. In an evil hour, in their search after turtle, among the fissures of the rocks, they came upon a great treasure of ambergris, which had be…


In 1811 a group of American traders built a fort at the mouth of the Columbia River, named Fort Astoria in honor of its financier, John Jacob Astor. Envisioned as the spur of a fur trading empire, by 1813 the project was a business failure and the fort was surrendered to the British. But in its short life Astoria rendered incalculable benefits to public understanding of the Great Northwest. The exploration of trade routes, the description of various Indian tribes and their customs, and an American claim on the Northwest coast were among many of its legacies. Astor never relinquished his pride in the enterprise and insisted that the West would one day be a dominating factor in national politics. To drive his point home he asked Washington Irving, the country’s most renowned and respected author, to transform the papers of Fort Astoria into a unified and readable history. Irving accepted the offer and published Astoria in 1836. From its first appearance when it was hailed by no less a reviewer than Edgar Allan Poe to the present day, Astoria has been read as a vivid and fascinating history, comparable indeed to the finest of romances, but rooted in the rough and hardy life of trapping, hunting, and exploration. The text of this edition is approved by the Center for editions of American Authors, Modern Language Association of America.

Chronicles of Wolfert’s Roost

This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world’s literature.

Washington Irving

America’s first internationally acclaimed author, Washington Irving, was also one of the first to write about its then far western frontier. After seventeen years in Europe, the famous author of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ returned to America and undertook an extensive three month journey through present day Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Describing scenery and inhabitants with an eye to romantic sublimity and celebrating the frontiersman s ‘secret of personal freedom,’ Irving published his account of that journey in 1835 as A Tour on the Prairies, an early and distinctly American depiction of the young nation s borderland and its native inhabitants.

Irving followed up this eyewitness account with two works that chart the dramatic and tumultuous history of the early American fur trade, very much in the spirit of James Fenimore Cooper s Leatherstocking Tales. Astoria 1836 recounts John Jacob Astor s attempt to establish a commercial empire in the Pacific Northwest. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville 1837 is a lively saga of exploration among the mountains, rivers, and deserts of the Far West. While working closely from original documents, Irving wrote also as a mythologist of the vast spaces traversed by ‘Sindbads of the wilderness.’ In these three compelling narratives he opened up a crucial region of the American literary imagination influencing such authors as Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ is a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., written while he was living in Birmingham, England, and first published in 1820. With Irving’s companion piece ‘Rip Van Winkle’, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ is among the earliest examples of American fiction still read today. PLOT The story is set circa 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town based on Tarrytown, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham ‘Brom Bones’ Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18 year old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, who is supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during ‘some nameless battle’ of the American Revolutionary War, and who ‘rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head’. Ichabod mysteriously disappears from town, leaving Katrina to marry Brom Bones, who was ‘to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related’. Although the nature of the Headless Horseman is left open to interpretation, the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom Bones in disguise. BACKGROUND The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: hard bound book with a flowered silk cover and gold foil lettering, printed circa 1907. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was based on a German folktale, set in the Dutch culture of Post Revolutionary War in New York State. The original folktale was recorded by Karl Mus us. An excerpt of Mus us: The headless horseman was often seen here. An old man who did not believe in ghosts told of meeting the headless horseman coming from his trip into the Hollow. The horseman made him climb up behind. They rode over bushes, hills, and swamps. When they reached the bridge, the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton. He threw the old man into the brook and sprang away over the treetops with a clap of thunder. The d nouement of the fictional tale is set at the bridge over the Pocantico River in the area of the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground in Sleepy Hollow. The characters of Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel may have been based on local residents known to the author. The character of Katrina is thought to have been based upon Eleanor Van Tassel Brush, in which case her name is derived from that of Eleanor’s aunt Catriena Ecker Van Tessel. Irving, while he was an aide de camp to New York Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins, met an army captain named Ichabod Crane in Sackets Harbor, New York during an inspection tour of fortifications in 1814. He may have borrowed the name from the captain and patterned the character in ‘The Legend’ after Jesse Merwin, who taught at the local schoolhouse in Kinderhook, further north along the Hudson River, where Irving spent several months in 1809. The story was the longest one published as part of The Sketch Book, which Irving issued using the pseudonym ‘Geoffrey Crayon’ in 1820. ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ follows a tradition of folk tales and poems involving a supernatural wild chase, including Robert Burns’s Tam O’ Shanter 1790, and B rger’s Der wilde J ger, translated as The Wild Huntsman 1796. from the Wikipedia article The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , licensed under CC BY SA.

Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

The legendary enchantment of Rip Van Winkle in the Kaatskill Mountains; the gruesome end of Ichabod Crane, who met the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow; the spectre bridegroom who turned out to be happily substantial; and, the pride of an English village and the come uppance of the over zealous Mountjoy these witty, perceptive and captivating tales range from fantasy to romance.

The Complete Tales of Washington Irving

Washington Irving 1783 1859 was the first American literary artist to earn his living solely through his writings and the first to enjoy international acclaim. In addition to his long public service as a diplomat, Irving was amazingly prolific: His collected works fill forty volumes that encompass essays, history, travel writings, and multi volume biographies of Columbus and Washington. But it is Irving’s mastery of suspense, characterization, tempo, and irony that transforms his fiction into virtuoso performances, earning him his reputation as the father of the American short story. Charles Neider has gathered all sixty one of Irving’s tales, originally scattered throughout his many collections of nonfiction essays and sketches, into one magnificent volume. Together, they reveal his wide range: besides the expected classics like ‘Rip Van Winkle,’ ‘The Spectre Bridegroom,’ ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ and ‘The Devil and Tom Walker,’ his fiction embraces realistic tales, ghost stories, parodies, legends, fables, and satires. For those familiar only with secondhand retellings of Irving’s most famous tales, this collection offers the opportunity to step inside Washington Irving’s imagination and partake of its innumerable and timeless pleasures.

Rip Van Winkle

Bring The Classics To Life Series Reading Level 1.0 2.0. This novel has been adapted into 10 short reading chapters. Ages 7 and English Language Learners of all ages. 8.5”x11” ”worktext”. Abridged with excersice acitivities built in along with answer keys.

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

TESTURES OF CAPTAIN O NNEVILI E p GEOFFRE Y CBA TON EDITION GEOFFRBI CRAYOX EDITION p U, S. A IN TIIE ILOCKY IOUXT A I N X D S T IIE FAR W EST i ICiESTCD F130ikl IIIS JOURNAL AND ILLUSTRATED FROM VAHIOUS OTHER SOURCES WASIIINGTON I I t V I N G 1866 CIIAPTER I. PAGE State of the fur trade of the Rocky Mountains. American enterprises. General Ashley and his associates. Sublette, a famous 1eatler. Yearly rendezvous among tlie mountains. Stratag 211’s and clangers of the trade. Bands of trappers. Indian banditti. Crows ancl B1ackfeet. Mountaineers. Traders of the Far West. Character and habits of the trapper…

. . 31 CHAPTER 11. Departure from Fort 0sage. Modes of transportation. Pack horses. Wagons. Walker and Cerr6 their characters. Buoyant feelings oa launching upon the Prairies. Wild equip nentso f the trnppers. Their gambols anci antics. Difference of character I etwecn the Amcrican and French trappers. Agency of the Kansas. General C1arke. White Plume, the Kansas Chief. hight scene in a traders camp. Colloquy between White Ilurne and the Captain. Bee hunters. Thcir expeditions. Their feucls with the Indians. Bnrgaining talent of White Plume…

. 43 CIIAPTER 111. Wide prairies. Vegetable procluct ions. Tabular hllls. Slabs of s n lstorie. Nebraska or Platte River. Scanty faro. Euffalo W 8 CONTENTS. PAGE sltu1ls. Wagons turned into boats. Herds of Euffa1o. CliiTs resembling castles. The Chimney. Scotts Bluffs. Story connected with them. The bighorn or ahsahta, its nature and habits. Difference between that and the 6bwoolly sheep, or goat of the mountains…

55 CHAPTER IV. An alarm. Crow Indians their appearance mode of approachtheir vengeful errand their curiosity. Hostility between the Crows and B1ackfeet. Loving conduct of the Crows. Laramies Fork. First navigation of the Nebraska. Great elevation of the country. Rarity of the atmosphere its effect on the wood work of wagons. Black Hills their wild and broken scenery. Indian dogs. Crow trophies. Sterile and dreary country. Banks of the Sweet Water. Buffalo hunting. Adventure of Tom Cain, the Irish cook…

.. G4 CHAPTER Magnificent scenery. Wind River Mountains. Treasury of wateis. A stray horse. An Indian trail. Trout streams. The Great Green River Valley. An alarm. A band of trappers. Fontenelle, his information. Sufferings of thirst. Encampment on the Seeds kedee. Strategy of rival traders. Fortification of the camp. The B1ackfeet. Banditti of the mountains. Their character and habits…

77 CHAPTER Sublette and his band. Robert Campbell. Mr. Wyeth and a band of Down casters. Yankee enterprise. Fitzpatrick his adventure with the B1ackfeet. A rendezvous of mountaineers. The battle of Pierres Hole. An Indian ambuscade. Sublettes return…

.. 89 CHAPTER VII. PAGE Retreat of the Blackfeet. Fontenelles camp in danger. Captain Bonneville and the Blackfeet. Free trappers their character, habits, dress, equipments, horses. Game fellows of the mountains their visit to the camp. Good fellowship and good cheer. A carouse. A swagger, a brawl, and a reconciliation…

.. 107 CHAPTER VIII. Plans for the winter. Salmon River. Abundance of salmon west of the mountains. Nem arrangements. Caches. Cerr6 s detachment. 3Iovements in Pont. enelles camp. Departure of the Blackfeet their fortunes. Wind Mountain streams…

Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

Modern views of Columbus are overshadowed by guilt about past conquests. Credit for discovering the New World, we are told, belongs to its original inhabitants rather than any European, and Columbus gave those inhabitants nothing apart from death, disease and destruction. Yet for the Old World of Europe the four voyages of Columbus brought revelation where before there had been only myths and guesswork. People had thought it was only the great distance that made it impossible to reach Asia sailing west from Spain. No one had predicted that a vast continent stood in the way. And indeed, for Columbus himself, the revolution of understanding was too much to comprehend. He had counted on a new route to Asia that would bring him glory, riches and titles, and the thought of an unknown and undeveloped continent held no attractions. The trials and disappointments of the great explorer are graphically detailed in this biography first published in 1828, when Washington Irving was America’s most famous writer.

The Life of George Washington

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. million books. com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. THE HOME OF WASHINGTON’S BOYHOOD HI9 EARLY EDUCATION LAWRENOE WASHINGTON AND HIS CAMPAIGN IN THE WEST INDIES DEATH OP WASHINGTON’S FATHER THE WIDOWED MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN SCHOOL EXERCISES. Not long after the birth of George, his father removed to an estate iu Stafford County, opposite Fredericksburg. The house was similar in style to the one at Bridges Creek, and stood on a rising ground overlooking a meadow which bordered the Rappa hatmock. This was the home of George’s boyhood ; the meadow was his play ground, and the scene of his early athletic sports; but this home, like that in which he was born, has disappeared; the site is only to be traced by fragments of bricks, china, and earthenware. In those days the means of instruction in Virginia were limited, and it was the custom among the wealthy planters to send their sons to England to complete their education. This was done by Augustine Washington with his eldest son Lawrence, then about fifteen years of age, and whom he no doubt considered the future head of the family. George was yet in early childhood : as his intellect dawned he received the rudiments of edu1740. EARLY EDUCATION. 19 cation in the best establishment for the purpose that the neighborhood afforded. It was what was called, in popular parlance, an ‘ old field school house; ‘ humble enough in its pretensions, and kept by one of his father’s tenants named Hobby, who moreover was sexton of the parish. The instruction doled out by him must have been of the simplest kind, reading, writing, and ciphering, perhaps; but George had the benefit of mental and moral culture at home, from an excellent father. Several traditional anecdotes have been given to the world, somewhat prolix and trite, but illustrative of the familiar and practica…

Bracebridge Hall

CONTENTS THE AUTHOR , i THE HALL THE BUSY MAN 7 10 FAMILY SERVANTS THE WIDOW 15 22 THE LOVERS 26 FAMILY RELICS AN OLD SOLDIER THE WIDOW S RETINUE 29 34 38 READY MONEY JACK BACHELORS 47 WIVES 51 STORY TELLING 57 THE STOUT GENTLEMAN amplt 58 FOREST TREES 70 A LITERARY ANTIQUARY 76 THE FARM HOUSE 81 HORSEMANSHIP 86 LOVE SYMPTOMS 90 FALCONRY 93 HAWKING 97 ST. MARK S EVE 104 GENTILITY 113 FORTUNE TELLING 117 LOVE CHARMS 122 THE LIBRARY 126 THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA 128 ENGLISH COUNTRY GENTLEMEN 208 A BACHELOR S CONFESSIONS 216 ENGLISH GRAVITY 220 GYPSIES 226 MAY DAY CUSTOMS 231 VILLAGE WORTHIES 235 41 vi CONTENTS PAGE THE SCHOOLMASTER 238 THE SCHOOL 243 A VILLAGE POLITICIAN 246 THE ROOKERY 251 MAY DAY 258 THE MANUSCRIPT 268 ANNETTE DELARBRE 270 TRAVELLING 294 POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS 301 THE CULPRIT 310 FAMILY MISFORTUNES 317 LOVERS TROUBLES 320 THE HISTORIAN 325 THE HAUNTED HOUSE 328 DOLPH HEYLIGER 332 THE STORM SHIP 374 THE WEDDING 404 THE AUTHOR S FAREWELL 413 Bracebridge Hall THE AUTHOR WORTHY READER On again taking pen in hand, I would fain make a few observations at the outset, by way of bespeaking a right understanding. The vol umes which I have already published have met with a reception far beyond my most sanguine expectations. I would willingly attribute this to their intrinsic merits but, in spite of the vanity of authorship, I cannot but be sensible that their success has, in a great measure, been owing to a less flattering cause. It has been a matter of marvel, to my European readers, that a man from the wilds of America should express himself in tolerable English. I was looked upon as something new and strange in literature a kind of demi savage, with a feather in his hand instead of on his head and there was a curiosity to hear what such a being had to say about civilized society. This novelty is now at an end, and of course the feeling of indulgence which it produced. I must now expect to bear the scrutiny of sterner criticisms, and to be measured by the same standard as contemporary writers and the very favor shown to my previous writings will cause these to be treated with the greatest rigor, as there is nothing for which the world is apt to punish a man more severely than for having been over praised. On this head, therefore, I wish to fore stall the censoriousness of the reader and I entreat he will not think the worse of me for the many in judicious things that may have been said in my commendation. I am aware that I often travel over beaten ground, and treat of subjects that have already been discussed by abler pens. Indeed, various authors have been men tioned as my models, to whom I should feel flattered if I thought I bore the slightest resemblance but in truth I write after no model that I am conscious of, and I write with no idea of imitation or competition. In venturing occasionally on topics that have already been almost exhausted by English authors, I do it, not with the presumption of challenging a compari son, but with the hope that some new interest may be given to such topics, when discussed by the pen of a stranger. If, therefore, I should sometimes be found dwelling with fondness on subjects trite and commonplace with the reader, I beg the circumstances under which I write may be kept in recollection. Having been born and brought up in a new country, yet educated from infancy in the literature of an old one, my mind was early filled with historical and poetical associations, connected with places, and manners, and customs of Europe, but which could rarely be applied to those of my own country…

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