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This paper explains how Irving used German folktales as a basis to create and embellish his own ideas and characters and turn them into his own. It looks at his stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "Rip Van Winkle", and "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent" in order to compare these to Dutch and German classics and see in which way he was inspired by these cultures.
From the Paper:""The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent" established Irving as a respectable author both in the US and in Europe. Published as the charming account of an Englishman's love for English landscape and counties, the book also reveals his anxiety about being dispossessed of home and security, the surface is famously genial and sentimental (Rubin-Dorsky 32-64). The book itself consists of 34 literary sketches, where four are about America, while the rest draws from Irving's own experiences and observations in England."
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