Rip Van Winkle

short story by Washington Irving published in 1819

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by Washington Irving. It was first published in Irving's The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in June 1819. Irving wrote the story one night while staying with his sister's family in Birmingham, England. He read it to his hosts at breakfast the next morning. It was one of the first stories Irving proposed for The Sketch Book. The story is similar to a German story called "Karl Katz". "Rip Van Winkle" has been adapted to theater, cartoons, television, and other media many times.

"Rip Van Winkle"
Illustration by Tompkins Harrison Matteson from the Columbian Magazine
AuthorWashington Irving
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Short story
Published inThe Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Media typePrint
Publication dateJune 1819

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Rip Van Winkle is a lazy, happy Dutchman. He's a henpecked husband; a man who is being constantly nagged by his wife. He lives in a quiet village near the Catskill Mountains in North America. One day he wanders into the mountains with his dog Wolf. In a lonely place, he meets the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his men. They give him a strange drink. He falls asleep for 20 years. When he wakes, he learns that the American Revolution has been fought and won. His family and friends welcome him home to the village.

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