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Rip Van Winkle

(1819)
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"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving, first published in 1819. It follows a Dutch-American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. Irving wrote it while living in Birmingham, England, as part of the collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The story is set in New York's Catskill Mountains, but Irving later admitted, "When I wrote the story, I had never been on the Catskills."

"Rip Van Winkle" is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War in a village at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains where Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch-American villager, lives. One autumn day, Van Winkle wanders into the mountains with his dog Wolf to escape his wife's nagging. He hears his name called out and sees a man wearing antiquated Dutch clothing; he is carrying a keg up the mountain and requires help. Together, the men and Wolf proceed to a hollow in which Rip discovers the source of thunderous noises: a group of ornately dressed, silent, bearded men who are playing nine-pins.

Van Winkle does not ask who they are or how they know his name. Instead, he begins to drink some of their liquor and soon falls asleep. When he awakens on the mountain, he discovers shocking changes: his musket is rotting and rusty, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is nowhere to be found. He returns to his village, where he recognizes no one. He arrives just after an election, and people ask how he voted. Never having cast a ballot in his life, he proclaims himself a faithful subject of King George III, unaware that the American Revolution has taken place, and nearly gets himself into trouble with the townspeople until one elderly woman recognizes him as the long-lost Rip Van Winkle.

King George's portrait on the inn's sign has been replaced with one of George Washington. Van Winkle learns that most of his friends were killed fighting in the American Revolution. He is also disturbed to find another man called Rip Van Winkle; it is his son, now grown up. Van Winkle also discovers that his wife died some time ago but is not saddened by the news. He learns that the men whom he met in the mountains are rumored to be the ghosts of Henry Hudson's crew from his ship, the Halve Maen. He also realizes that he has been away from the village for at least 20 years. His grown daughter takes him in and he resumes his usual idleness. His strange tale is solemnly taken to heart by the Dutch settlers, particularly by the children who say that, whenever thunder is heard, the men in the mountains must be playing nine-pins.
 

Genre: Children's Fiction

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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Irving Washington
ISBN: 0-526-56756-2 / 978-0-526-56756-0 (USA edition)
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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle.
Author(s): Washington Irving, Will Bradley
ISBN: 0-344-47828-9 / 978-0-344-47828-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 0-344-45706-0 / 978-0-344-45706-7 (USA edition)
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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving, N C 1882-1945 Wyeth
ISBN: 0-342-70462-1 / 978-0-342-70462-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 0-342-48619-5 / 978-0-342-48619-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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September 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (Rabbit Ears/Book and Cassette)
Author(s): Washington Irving, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason
ISBN: 0-689-80193-9 / 978-0-689-80193-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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November 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 0-316-37578-0 / 978-0-316-37578-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown US
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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Rip van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving, E M Bigg
ISBN: 9354042791 / 978-9354042799
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May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (The Rackham Collection)
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-952803-00-4 / 978-1-952803-00-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grigio Press
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (Bring the Classics to Life: Level 1)
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-55576-095-3 / 978-1-55576-095-3 (USA edition)
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (A Thousand Good Books)
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-70313-374-9 / 978-1-70313-374-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: RIP VAN WINKLE (Illustrated and Annotated)
Author(s): Washington Irving, Barry
ISBN: 1-70117-291-7 / 978-1-70117-291-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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August 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (Classic Illustrated Edition)
Author(s): Washington Irving, A White
ISBN: 1-68756-958-4 / 978-1-68756-958-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle (Modern English Translation)
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-07-014765-6 / 978-1-07-014765-9
Publisher: Independently Published
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March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Irving Washington
ISBN: 0-526-56755-4 / 978-0-526-56755-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle.
Author(s): Washington Irving, Will Bradley
ISBN: 0-344-47827-0 / 978-0-344-47827-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 0-344-45705-2 / 978-0-344-45705-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 0-342-48618-7 / 978-0-342-48618-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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August 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-72485-013-X / 978-1-72485-013-3
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-883789-85-0 / 978-1-883789-85-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Dome Press
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-974925-53-6 / 978-1-974925-53-7
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
ISBN: 1-974925-57-9 / 978-1-974925-57-5
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
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Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
Publisher: Abdelwahab MAZARI
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March 2020 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
Publisher: Library Of Alexandria
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December 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle: (Illustrated Edition)
Author(s): Washington Irving
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December 2019 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rip Van Winkle
Author(s): Washington Irving
Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
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