The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)

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)

Genre(s): Travel Fiction, General Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Easton
00:17:53
Play 01 01 - The Author's Account of Himself Bob Gonzalez
00:07:19
Play 02 02 - The Voyage Delmar H Dolbier
00:16:08
Play 03 03 - Roscoe Kristin Gjerløw
00:16:43
Play 04 04 - The Wife Kristin Gjerløw
00:18:25
Play 05 05 - Rip Van Winkle Easton
00:55:17
Play 06 06 - English Writers on America Pamela Krantz
00:21:35
Play 07 07 - Rural Life in England Jean Bascom
00:15:58
Play 08 08 - The Broken Heart Mike Pelton
00:14:08
Play 09 09 - The Art of Book-making elfpen
00:15:27
Play 10 10 - A Royal Poet David Wales
00:37:19
Play 11 11 - The Country Church David Wales
00:15:01
Play 12 12 - The Widow and her Son NoelBadrian
00:18:37
Play 13 13 - A Sunday in London Bob Gonzalez
00:05:07
Play 14 14 - The Boar's Head Tavern ToddHW
00:22:58
Play 15 15 - The Mutability of Literature Grant Hurlock
00:29:06
Play 16 16 - Rural Funerals David Wales
00:31:18
Play 17 17 - The Inn Kitchen Bob Gonzalez
00:05:17
Play 18 18 - The Spectre Bridegroom Grant Hurlock
00:40:12
Play 19 19 - Westminster Abbey David Wales
00:31:51
Play 20 20 - Christmas Easton
00:15:42
Play 21 21 - The Stage-Coach Anna Simon
00:13:41
Play 22 22 - Christmas Eve Easton
00:32:28
Play 23 23 - Christmas Day David Wales
00:37:18
Play 24 24 - The Christmas Dinner David Wales
00:39:42
Play 25 25 - London Antiques Patti Cunningham
00:13:58
Play 26 26 - Little Britain David Wales
00:42:20
Play 27 27 - Stratford-on-Avon Pamela Krantz
00:47:47
Play 28 28 - Traits of Indian Character Anna Simon
00:25:26
Play 29 29 - Philip of Pokanoket L D Hamilton
00:48:34
Play 30 30 - John Bull Anna Simon
00:25:51
Play 31 31 - The Pride of the Village vikvenom
00:28:41
Play 32 32 - The Angler elfpen
00:20:21
Play 33 33 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 1 Easton
00:47:13
Play 34 34 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, part 2 Easton
00:39:58
Play 35 35 - L'Envoy Easton
00:06:11