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  • Literary Period: Romanticism
  • Publication Date: 1819
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 11
  • Approx. Reading Time: 36 minutes
Short Fiction

Rip Van Winkle

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 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 bookworm...

  • Annotated Full Text
  • Literary Period: Romanticism
  • Publication Date: 1819
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 11
  • Approx. Reading Time: 36 minutes