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RIP VAN WINKLE
BY

WASHINGTON IRVING

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COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
Short Story: “Rip Van Winkle” Author: Washington Irving, 1783–1859 First published: 1819 Illustrations first published: 1863 The original story and illustrations are in the public domain in the United States and in most, if not all, other countries as well. Readers outside the United States should check their own countries’ copyright laws to be certain they can legally download this ebook. The Online Books Page has an FAQ which gives a summary of copyright durations for many other countries, as well as links to more official sources. This PDF ebook was created by José Menéndez.

NOTE ON THE TEXT
“Rip Van Winkle” first appeared in Washington Irving’s collection of stories, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., published in 1819. The text and illustrations used in this ebook are from the revised edition of the Sketch Book, published in 1863.

CONTENTS
RIP VAN WINKLE POSTSCRIPT

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
RIP VAN WINKLE ASLEEP THE CATSKILLS RIP VAN WINKLE AND THE CHILDREN DAME VAN WINKLE’S LECTURE VILLAGE POLITICIANS RIP AND THE DOG RIP AND THE RISING GENERATION CATSKILL FALLS CATSKILL LAKE FATHER TIME HOPPIN PARSONS DARLEY “ “ “ “ WM. HART WM. HART HOPPIN

By Woden, God of Saxons, From whence comes Wensday, that is Wodensday, Truth is a thing that ever I will keep Unto thylke day in which I creep into My sepulchre— CARTWRIGHT.

A POSTHUMOUS WRITING OF DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER. [The following Tale was found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker, an old gentleman of New York, who was very curious in the Dutch history of the province, and the manners of the descendants from its primitive settlers. His historical researches, however, did not lie so much among books as among men; for the former are lamentably scanty 5

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on his favorite topics; whereas he found the old burghers, and still more their wives, rich in that legendary lore, so invaluable to true history. Whenever, therefore, he happened upon a genuine Dutch family, snugly shut up in its low-roofed farm-house, under a spreading sycamore, he looked upon it as a little clasped volume of black-letter, and studied it with the zeal of a book-worm. The result of all these researches was a history of the province during the reign of the Dutch governors, which he published some years since. There have been various opinions as to the literary character of his work, and, to tell the truth, it is not a whit better than it should be. Its chief merit is its scrupulous accuracy, which indeed was a little questioned, on its first appearance, but has since been completely established; and it is now admitted into all historical collections, as a book of unquestionable authority. The old gentleman died shortly after the publication of his work, and now that he is dead and gone, it cannot do much harm to his memory to say, that his time might have been much better employed in weightier labors. He, however, was apt to ride his hobby his own way; and though it did now and then kick up the dust a little in the eyes of his neighbors, and grieve the spirit of some friends, for whom he felt the truest deference and affection; yet his errors and follies are remembered “more in sorrow than in anger,” and it begins to be suspected, that he never intended to injure or offend. But however his memory may be appreciated by critics, it is still held dear among many folk, whose good opinion is well worth having; particularly by certain biscuit-bakers, who have gone so far as to imprint his likeness on their new-year cakes; and have thus given him a chance for immortality, almost equal to the being stamped on a Waterloo Medal, or a Queen Anne’s Farthing.]

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HOEVER has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river,...
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