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Essays on Rip Van Winkle

by Washington Irving

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Author

Washington Irving

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Genre

Short story

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Publication date

June 23, 1819

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Major Characters

Rip Van Winkle, Dame Van Winkle, Rip Van Winkle, Jr., Judith Gardenier

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Plot

A Dutch-American villager, Rip Van Winkle, meets mysterious Dutchmen, drinks their liquor and falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains. He sleeps for 20 years and wakes up to a very changed world, having missed the American Revolution.

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The story of Rip Van Winkle is based on a German folktale.

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