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A short story by Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle tells the tale of a lazy old man who falls asleep for twenty years and returns to his village to find that the world has changed drastically during his absence and that nearly everyone he knows has died. The title character was named after Irving's publisher, C.S. Van Winkle. The story was so popular that it has become a part of pop-culture and has inspired numerous adaptations from stage plays and operettas to cartoons and films.

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A short story by Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle tells the tale of a lazy old man who falls asleep for twenty years and returns to his village to find that the world has changed drastically during his absence and that nearly everyone he knows has died. The title character was named after Irving's publisher, C.S. Van Winkle. The story was so popular that it has become a part of pop-culture and has inspired numerous adaptations from stage plays and operettas to cartoons and films. More...

 
    Irving, Writer of Rip Van Winkle
  Irving, Writer of Rip Van Winkle
American author Washington Irving is best known for his short stories which include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Also a historian, he wrote several biographies of historical figures such as George Washington and Muhammad. From...
 
       
 
         
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