What circumstances of Washington Irving’s life permitted him to become America’s first professional man of letters?
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. was published in 1819, and James Fenimore Cooper’s earliest novel just one year later. Which writer is more important in the development of an authentically American literature?
What are the implications of Irving’s decision to conclude “Rip Van Winkle” with the title character “ignorant but harmless”?
Change and progress are not synonymous. What is the relationship between these two concepts in “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?
What does Irving accomplish by his technique of interposing fictitious intermediaries such as Diedrich Knickerbocker and Geoffrey Crayon between story and reader?
Did Irving overrate the virtue of practicality?