Elements of Literature Fifth Course
LE0 11-4.1
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
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Sleepy Notions in a Wide-Awake World
Political appointments and a failing family business sent Washington Irving skipping around the world, but he dreamed of simply staying home in New York. Visit Bibliomania and learn how Irving translated the folk stories of his native land into lush, dreamy tales where naps run long and horsemen ride without their heads.
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Moon Invasion!
At a time when many pioneers wanted to justify the unjust treatment of American Indians, Washington Irving turned the tables with a question that was both serious and comic. If moon creatures were to explore the earth and declare it a wilderness of savages, would American colonists suddenly become the colonized? What treatment would they deserve?
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