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. The result of all these researches was a history of the province, during the reign of the Dutch governors, which he published some years since.
The favourite and last of 11 children of an austere Presbyterian father and a genial Anglican mother, young, frail Irving grew up in an atmosphere of indulgence. He escaped a college education, which his father required of his older sons, but read intermittently at the law, notably in the office of Josiah Ogden Hoffman, with whose pretty daughter Matilda he early fell in love.
He wrote a series of whimsically satirical essays over the signature of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. He made several trips up the Hudson, another into Canada for his health, and took an extended tour of Europe in — On his return he passed the bar examination late in and soon set up as a lawyer.
But during —08 his chief occupation was to collaborate with his brother William and James K. Paulding in the writing of a series of 20 periodical essays entitled Salmagundi.
Concerned primarily with passing phases of contemporary society, the essays retain significance as an index to the social milieu. His A History of New York.
Its writing was interrupted in April by the sudden death of Matilda Hoffman, as grief incapacitated him. In he moved to Washington, D.
In London he met Sir Walter Scottwho encouraged him to renewed effort. The result was The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent —20a collection of stories and essays that mix satire and whimsicality with fact and fiction.
They are both Americanized versions of German folktales. Early in he accepted the invitation of Alexander H. Everett to attach himself to the American legation in Spain, where he wrote his Columbusfollowed by The Companions of Columbus After a year absence Irving returned to New York inwhere he was warmly received.
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"The Devil and Tom Walker" is a short story by Washington Irving that first appeared in his collection Tales of a Traveller, as part of the "Money-Diggers" section. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" () and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (), both of which appear in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with Author: Washington Irving.
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Washington Irving, one of early America's greatest storytellers, was the author of such beloved works as "Rip van Winkle" () and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" ().Another of his short stories, "The Devil and Tom Walker," is not as well known, but it is definitely worth seeking out.
"The Devil and Tom Walker" was first published in among a collection of short stories called "Tales.